Dupree city council passes resolution to add a $4.47 surcharge to sewage bills


by Jody Rust/Correspondent

Resolution No. 020215-1 was passed Monday, February 2, 2015 at the monthly Dupree city council meeting, adding a monthly surcharge of $4.47 to the City of Dupree’s sewage bills.

A public hearing will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 7:10 p.m. for Dupree residents who want to make comments or ask questions pertaining to this resolution or the sewage project in Dupree.

Residents with special needs who need to make arrangements for transportation or accommodations with the city to attend the meeting must call the city office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015.

The surcharge has been added to assist in the repayment of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan C461247-02, an addition to the surcharge of $10.55 that became effective in August 2013 to repay the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan C461247-01.

“We don’t have a choice about re-doing the sewer system, it’s required by the EPA,” said Mayor Ray Lenk.

Council member Greg O’Connell explained that the loan was need to supplement a grant the city received to update the Lagoon and sewage system in Dupree after the EPA evaluated and determined Dupree’s outdated sewage system did not meet current regulations.

The city would be faced with potentially high fines, possibly as much as $30,000.00, if they are unable to show how they will repay the loan, which covers expenses not covered by the grant to revamp the city’s system.

Larry In the Woods, a resident of Dupree, expressed concern about the increase at the meeting prior to its approval.

Several council members acknowledged the increase was not something they wanted to pay themselves, but the consensus was that the council would be better off passing the resolution than facing additional EPA fines for non-compliance should the city be unable to prove a means of repaying the loan to complete the sewage work.

In an effort to alleviate surcharges on billing, O’Connell suggested reviewing in the next few months how the $1.35 surcharge on the water bill could be eliminated.

O’Connell reasoned and council members agreed that even though there seems no way around the additional surcharge to the sewage bill, the council should make a concerted effort to save Dupree residents that $1.35 a month on the water bill.

Chancey Shrank of Brosz Engineering presented the completed survey results of the proposed storm-water drainage project.

The report assesses the current Dupree drainage system and proposes alternative ways and costs to repair or replace the current system, with Alternative 1 being to make no changes in the system.

The report indicates in three alternatives the work that would be done, the estimated expenses and subsequent annual maintenance expenses.

For example, Alternative 2 proposes fixing existing culverts, which would cost the city $313,180.00 for mobilization, localized grading, culvert repairs, cleaning out pipe culvert, seeding, mulch, fertilizer, contingency and administrative and legal fees, and design and construction management services.

Annual maintenance costs of Alternative 2 in the report came to $254,223.81.

Alternative 3, which would be a replacement alternative, has a much higher price tag than the other alternatives.

Given the current water and sewage projects, the city determined to wait on addressing the proposals in the survey given the expenses that each alternative would cost the city.

In other news, the city decided to maintenance Main Street in Dupree until                               they can apply for a new road for Main Street.

Mayor Lenk said that the road is fairly thick, and the expense of chip and sealing may not be worth it if in a few years, the city can apply for assistance to have Main Street re-ground and re-laid when the state does the same to Highway 65.

Council member Dustin Jewett mentioned key spots in front of LTM that the city should take care of in efforts to maintain Main Street until a new road can be laid.

Also in Main Street news, the council determined to hang signs that indicate trucks cannot park on Main Street overnight, and that will include harvesters during harvest.

The city received a letter from the U.S. Postal service which approved 323 Main Street, the new “Farlee building,” as the new location for the postal office.

Important election dates for the city are as follows: Tuesday April 14, 2015, election day in conjunction with the Dupree school board elections; nominating petitions may be taken out Friday, January 30, 2015, and must be filed before 5:00 p.m. February 27, 2015; deadline to withdraw a petition is before 5:00 p.m. February 27, 2015 and can be withdrawn orally, in writing, or in person.

Council member Unalee Howe suggested that the council make efforts to use local resources to make the park more attractive both physically and practically for residents and those who pass through town.

Howe mentioned many possibilities, such as playground equipment, such as swings, a place for kids to hang out, a walking/running path from the park to the Cynex, and a fountain/wading pool, to name just a few.

Howe agreed to spearhead such a project, and mentioned that at one point the theme, “A nice place to hang your hat,” was suggested for Dupree because of the number of well-known bronc riders and the amount of rodeo participation and success the town has fostered over the years.

“We are not a one-horse town,” Howe said. “The care here is that we’re still very much alive with our western theme.”






Dupree city council accepts $30,000 gift from First Financial Bank


by Jody Rust

Dupree city council members accept a check from First National Bank President Nyal Moninger to Mayor Ray Lenk and the Dupree CityCouncil members. Pictured left to right: Una Lee Howe, Arlene Martin, Sandra Lemke, Dustin Jewett, Greg O’Connell, Sam Owen, Ray Lenk, Maurice Lemke, and Nyal Moninger. (Photo by Jody Rust)

Dupree city council members accept a check from First National Bank President Nyal Moninger to Mayor Ray Lenk and the Dupree CityCouncil members. Pictured left to right: Una Lee Howe, Arlene Martin, Sandra Lemke, Dustin Jewett, Greg O’Connell, Sam Owen, Ray Lenk, Maurice Lemke, and Nyal Moninger.
(Photo by Jody Rust)

Holiday tidings came in the form of a financial gift from First Financial Bank, presented by Nyal Moninger, for the City of Dupree at the December 1 city council meeting. The city received a $30,000.00 check from the bank, which the city has decided to use to pay for the sewage lines.

The gift frees money from the sewage obligation and allows the city to use that money in other needed areas. Mayor Ray Lenk suggested using the money for the new building, but suggested the council wait to determine what area or areas would be the most effective use of the money for the city.

Lenk was unsure what prompted the gift from the bank, but said the city is grateful as they are using it to help pay for the water work the city commissioned.

The council met the incoming Deputy Sheriff of Ziebach County, Gary Cudmore, as Sheriff Bob Menzel will be retiring effective January 1, 2015.

In other business, the council discussed the condition of the blades they said were expensive to purchase and explained that their durability has not been as expected. Already the city’s blades are in poor condition.

The council discussed and agreed to purchase less expensive blades to see if they will last as long or longer than the more expensive ones purchased earlier.

A sander is also a needed item for the city, as they currently use a back hoe bucket to spread sand on the streets. Lenk will check the price of sanders and report back to the council.

Shovelhead is scheduled to on the waterline in front of the manor this week, Lenk said.

The city motioned to approve $200 toward a holiday related light contest or light parade at or between Christmas and New Year’s day.

Any community organization interested in hosting and managing such an event should contact the city office as soon as possible.

Saying Goodbye to my Hero.






How do I say goodbye to my grandpa, to my hero, to my friend?

This past Saturday we buried my Grandpa Louie. Even as I type this it still seems like a bad dream, it is still so surreal as he was the monarch of our family.

As most grandpas go, my grandpa was your stereotypical grandpa. He was the faithful teacher, the faithful watcher, the faithful listener, the faithful protector, but yet he was so much more.

As most grandpas do, he enjoyed life. He loved the outdoors, whether hunting or fishing, feeding cattle, or enjoying a good bonfire, grandpa loved being outside. He always enjoyed having a sidekick with him, whether it was myself or later on my nephew Scottie.

Grandpa was my first teacher, teaching me about so many of life’s little lessons, for he knew so much about everything. He was my first best friend, and as a youngster we were inseparable. I was always by his side. In the days before car seats, I would stand next to him in his old blue Chevy pickup as we cruised the countryside. If I got tired, I would cuddle next to him on the seat.

After grandma and grandpa moved to the river, we spent countless hours along the banks of the Moreau fishing for catfish. He’d patiently get my little green Zebco 202 ready showing me how to tie a fisherman’s knot, how to cast, or how set a hook. He’d repeat the lessons as many times as necessary, never grumbling or becoming impatient. My grandpa taught me how to be a fisherman.

If we weren’t fishing, we’d be up on the flat shooting prairie dogs, target practicing, or hunting. On one Thanksgiving I fondly remember about 18 years ago, we went deer hunting before the afternoon dinner.  We jumped out a whitetail and we both jumped out and shot at the same time knocking it down. In my youthful jubilance I shouted, “I got it”, and he just smiled and said no son, “I got it”. Once we got to the deer we found out that we were both right as we found two bullet holes barely an inch apart.  My grandpa taught me how to be a crack shot and a hunter.

Grandpa loved us unconditionally. The love and bond a grandson has with his grandpa is like no other. Every major turn in my life he was there, always supporting me, always telling me he was proud.  Sometimes I made the wrong choices and when I’d tell him I never got scolded though he would just give me the look. The look was one of disappointment but behind the let down eyes you’d always see love, you’d always see forgiveness and you would always hear a silent do better next time my boy. My grandpa taught me how to be a man.

When I was in fifth grade I learned how to play the trumpet.  As the legion post commander in Eagle Butte, grandpa would journey around with the legion vets on Memorial Day to pay their respect to all the veterans.  After telling him I knew how to play the trumpet and bugle, he asked me if I’d like to play Taps for them at the cemeteries. For three years I traveled with the Legion and played the bugle. My grandpa taught me about honor and respect.

He always told me to embrace new opportunities and make the most out of everything we did in life.  He often told of his Navy days and seeing the world.  That sense of adventure always stuck with me as I traveled to far away lands in Africa, Europe, and in my Canadian travels. Grandpa would eagerly await my return and want to hear a report and see how the fishing was.  In May of 2000, grandpa, mom, and I jumped on a train and journeyed cross-country to New Jersey to attend my sisters’ college graduation. Our family stood atop the Twin Towers in New York City.  My grandpa taught me to treasure life’s precious moments.

The last couple of years as I’ve worked for the newspaper, he was my biggest fan and would anxiously wait for the next issue.  He would always compliment me on a story or tell me how great a picture was. People would tell me that he would be bragging to them that I was his grandson and that I had took that picture on the front page.  I will forever be grateful that my sons had the opportunity to know him for as long as they did.  They will forever cherish their weekly Tuesday night sleepovers at grandpas, as I would be helping put the newspaper to bed. My grandpa taught me how to be a family man and to be the best I could be in everything I did.

I’m not sure how to live in a world without my grandpa. For 38 years he has been my rock, my anchor, my compass. His legacy will live on in all of us. Today we move on without him, though he will forever live in our hearts.   My moment of loss is a mole hill to what he endured during his 88 years, losing so many loved ones and friends. Through all that loss he stood tall with resolve, as I must do now. I know I’ll be all right because my grandpa taught me how to be strong.

Thank you Grandpa for making me the person I am today and for everything you taught me, I will greatly miss you!

Eagle Butte City Council receives clean 2013 audit report


by Ross DuBray

The Eagle Butte City Council received notice of a clean 2013 audit on Monday night at their regular November meeting.

Donna Denker of Donna Denker and Associates delivered the audit report and findings to the council.

“You’ve made some changes the last couple of years,” said Denker. “It has showed.”

Denker reported only one material weakness from the 2013 findings which was the city’s holding of  $123,620 in stock they had received when the city’s prior health insurance provider demutalized.  The weakness had also been noted in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 audits. The city did proceed to cash in the stock in March of 2014 and received $118,326.68 in June of 2014.

The audit report will next be sent to the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit for approval.

The council approved an audit request from Denker and Associates to begin the 2014 audit.  City Finance Officer Sheila Ganje noted that she will begin providing the documents to the company.

Ryan Farlee of Timber Lake Broadband placed a request to the city to lease space on the green water tower next to the high school to place a receiver.  Farlee said he had received several request for Timber Lake Broadband to expand into the Eagle Butte area.  Farlee stated that the receiver would need to be approximately 75 feet off the ground to be able to receive the signal.

If the city would agree to the lease, Farlee said that they would provide two free internet connections,  plus a standard agreement of $150 per month for the tower lease which totals an annual payment of $1,800.

Farlee further stated that Timber Lake Broadband has been in business since 2009 and is owned by the City of Timber Lake. They currently have a subscriber base of 350. They offer three residential packages; 1mg for $25, 2 mg for $45, and 4 mg for $75.

The council decided to table the request for a future meeting.

Ganje also reported that she received notification that the city was awarded $515,000 from a Community Development Block Grant.

The money is to be utilized to help improve the wastewater and storm sewer systems in the in Eagle Butte. The CDBG program provides local governments with money to complete projects that improve living conditions.  The CDBG program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The council entered executive session at 7:00 p.m. to discuss current litigation, annexation, and services encroachment.

Police Department 

Chief of Police Norman Schuler requested a boot allowance to be included with officer’s uniform allowance.  Schuler requested an allowance up to $150 for every other year.

Liquor Store

Liquor Store Manager RJ Joens requested that the City Package Liquor Store be closed on Thanksgiving Day, which council approved.

The city council also approved the purchase of a used ice machine in the amount of $2,200 from Dominics out of Ipswich.

Maintenance Department

Jon Ganje reported that they would be concluding the lagoon release on Tuesday, November 18 and that the final lagoon samples have been sent to Pierre.

Christmas lights have been ordered in the amount of $5,500.

Other business.

Approved Meeting agenda

Approved November 13, 2014 Special Meeting Minutes

Approved November claims in the amount of $79,811.16.

Schad selected as White House Tribal Youth Ambassador


Sydney Schad, a senior at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High school has been selected as 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference Youth Ambassador.

Schad will join youth from across the nation December 1-3, 2014 making the trip to Washington DC along with a chaperone.

The conference will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel where the youth ambassadors will meet wih senior Obama Administration officials and discuss  some of the most important issues impacting Amerian Indian and Alaska Native tribes across the country.

Schad wrote an essay in October at the local level and was nominated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. A nomination didn’t guarantee the nominee a spot. The White House than selected 30-40 ambassadors from the pool of nominees from across the country to serve as ambassadors.

“It’s an honor to be able to represent the youth at the national level, “ said Schad.


White House Tribal Youth Ambassador Sydney Schad – Photo by Ross DuBray

Schad is the daughter of Jeremy and Ricki Schad. Following graduation she plans to attend South Dakota State University in Brookings and major in Nursing.

Mendoza makes Big Dakota Conference team, Bowker Honorable Mention


C-EB Senior Tatum Mendoza joined 11 other conference players who were selected to the Big Dakota Conference All-Conference Volleyball team.

Fellow teammate Samantha Bowker received an honorable mention nod.

Mendoza joins Kristen Peterka, Jamie Mentzer and Denae Schletchter from Miller; Kelsey Bertram, Sydney Fritz, and Tawny Sherman from Winner; Maranda Wagner from Mobridge-Pollock; Stevie Lone Dog from Todd County; Carly Harrowa from Stanley County; and Tiara Flying Horse of McLaughlin.


C-EB Seniors Samantha Bowker and Tatum Mendoza – Photo by Ross DuBray

Honorable mention selectee’s joining Bowker were Lauren Henderson and Aundrea Kramer from Mobridge-Pollock; Hallie Hallock from Chamberlain; and Talyn Carry Moccasin from McLaughlin.

Ziebach County receives $156K from FEMA for June flooding


by Ross DuBray

The Ziebach County Commissioners held their November regular meeting last Thursday at the County Courthouse. The meeting had been moved to Thursday in lieu of the election on Tuesday.

The commissioners canvassed the election results from Tuesday and certified the results with no errors or changes. County auditor Cindy Longbrake reported that there was a 41% voter turnout countywide.

The commissioners moved to acknowledge $156,207.45 the county received in disaster relief from FEMA for the June flooding. The FEMA dollars was accepted and added to the county’s budget to help supplement the expenses the county incurred as a result of the flooding. The relief money covered about 85% of the expenses.

The commissioners had a conference call with Jeff Schaefer with South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit and discussed the county’s 2012-2013 audit findings.   Two items were discussed regarding the county’s over expenditures due to disaster spending. The over expenditure was awaiting grant reimbursement. Schaefer commended the commissioners on the great work they were doing.

Gravel hauling bids were granted to Haines Trucking LLC and Miller Construction and Gravel. Haines bid $0.24 per mile for hauls within 25 miles, and $0.21 for hauls over 25 miles. Haines also added $0.01 increase per ton-mile if fuel prices increase by $0.20 per gallon based on the $3.759 price of fuel that morning. Miller construction bid a flat $0.22 per mile. Commissioner Russel Johnson moved to accept both bids with all commissioners voting to approve.

The commissioners also accepted the sealed bid of Site Work Specialists, Inc. of Rapid City for the 2006 Caterpillar Rear Ripper. Site Work placed a $5,000 bid while Butler Machinery Co. also of Rapid City placed a bid amount of $4,500.00.

Longbrake reported to the commissioners that the governor had ordered that county offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on November 27 and 28. The county offices will also be closed on December 25 and 26 for Christmas

States Attorney Cheryl Bogue reported that the matter with Union County over a Mental Health Bill had been resolved with the Union County Commission stating that Ziebach County was not liable for the patient bill.

Other business.

Approved agreement with First Financial Bank to begin Direct Deposit for county employees. Authorized Cindy Longbrake to sign all paperwork relating to direct deposit.

Approved renewal of group health insurance plan with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield with 10.48% increase.

Approved October Meeting Minutes.

Approved $163,711 in claims

Approved listing of Emergency Shelters presented by Shane Farlee.


CRST Tribal Council Candidates Q&A


Here are the responses we received back from CRST council candidates.

District 1

Bernita In The Woods

Introduction statement (age, family, background, leadership experience) 

- I am 52 years old, and 2nd youngest of 14 (5 sisters/8 brothers).

- Raised in Dupree almost all my life in which I currently reside.

 – 4 children: Jarrod (Logan) Anderson, Jacob (Kracy) Anderson, Jerico Anderson, and Tanner Dupris. 11 grandchildren.

 – Parents are (the late) Jobe and Ellen (Condon) In The Woods.

 – Associate Degree from Northern State University in 2001/Bachelor Degree from Black Hills State University in 2008.

 – Employed with CRST Health Department for 24 years.

 – Recipient of the Aberdeen Area Director’s Award for Outstanding Tribal Health Administrator in 2010.

 – Currently Case manager for the CRST Four Bands Healing Center.

 – Secretary for Dupree Lakota Community Committee.

There are a number of important issues facing the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, what issues do you think are priority and if elected how do you plan to address those issues?   

As I travelled to the District 1 communities, concerns were heard regarding housing, healthcare, transportation, employment, safety, roads, and just basic needs for existence. People feel forgotten.

Strategic planning has proven to aid in improvement as well as utilizing the expertise of programs, boards, and committees in all these areas.

 – Job creation of course through grants and TECA but restructuring financially will move us towards self-sufficiency. Improving ability in application completion aids in placement/hiring. Support to improve and enhance personnel and job training programs.

 – Educated experienced members are needed here. Provide job security with improved retirement and benefit packages.

 – Using present resources in developing strategic plans can aid in addressing this crisis. Water is key!

 – Where is our Disaster Plans?! History of severe weather should have expedited a complete and updated plan. Current epidemics can devastate our population. The Tribe has to take the lead in getting this done.

 – We underutilize our resources. We must develop unique innovations. Water is key! Without it we can’t grow or invest.

 – Relations are strained with our healthcare entities. Agreements and understandings to create continuity of care as well as a combined community approach can lead to a better understanding of education, prevention, and intervention to decrease mortality and morbidity. Placing ownership by our people creates a better quality of life. Our people no longer need to remain in a state of dependency.

 – Be at the table with federal agency representatives from Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Justice, Treasury and Interior to be aware of detailed information about funding opportunities and also work with successful tribes and learn from one another.

 – Our reservation is comprised of land with complex jurisdiction issues, underfunding and poor quality road conditions due to lack of funding. When negotiating we must ensure our sovereignty is not jeopardized and to enter into agreements with proper legal advice. In protecting our sovereignty we need a staff of attorneys who will be watchful and keep representatives on track and restrained from violating our tribal laws, constitution and cease interference with judicial matters.

Tribal council collectively at times has been described as dysfunctional and self-serving. If elected what will you do to help change public perception of how the people perceive their elected officials?

I want to bring the people’s agenda to the chambers and conduct myself ethically and will hold other representatives accountable as well.

 – Re-establishing trust and respect. Respect restores the integrity of our name. I will be consistent in working with Tribal Council to implement support to our programs and entities. Instead of burdening directors and programs with micromanaging behavior, I will remain diligent with Tribal Council to ensure rights are not violated and due process is afforded. Micromanagement stops progress and hinders growth.

 – We must hold ourselves to a higher standard to ensure we do not violate our Constitution or the individual rights of our people. Tribal Council has an overall obligation to be accountable to the people. Community reports must be mandatory. 

Do you feel it’s a fair practice for tribal council representatives to be paid if the tribal council doesn’t meet because of a lack of a quorum?    Do you think that changes need to be made to how and when tribal council members are compensated?

No, it isn’t fair. Tribal Council hinders progress when monthly agendas are not addressed which in turn hurts the future of our children and tribe as a whole. When Tribal Council stops working for the people to ensure the quality of life is adequate then our people remain in a state of dependency on the tribe and the goal of self-sufficiency is no longer a reality.

Yes, changes need to be made. Of course extenuating circumstances of illness and loss of life are understandable for an absence. However, we are hired by the people to do a job. We expect employees to report to work then Tribal Council must be held to that same expectation. We are in a disadvantaged state that is being neglected due to no quorums. Plans can be put on the table for review of working practices that have proven effective in Indian Country.

District 4

Kevin C. Keckler

Introduction statement (age, family, background, leadership experience) 

My name is Kevin C. Keckler and I am 52 years old. I am married to Marla and have three grown children: Arlyn, Lexi, and Nolan. I have three granddaughters: Lauryn (9), Suni (5), and Rowie (3). My parents are Bob and Arliss Keckler and I have three brothers: Justin, Dean, and Jess as well as ten nieces and nephews and two great nephews and one great niece. I have served two terms as a District #4 Council Representative (2002-2010) and one term as Tribal Chairman (2010-present).

 There are a number of important issues facing the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, what issues do you think are priority and if elected how do you plan to address those issues?   

The important issues that I believe are a priority are as follows in no particular order of importance: Water – The Tribe and Mni Waste’ are in the middle of a $72 million upgrade to get a sufficient supply of water to Eagle Butte. Without a sufficient supply of water, many other important issues cannot be addressed (i.e., housing, schools, tribal office, economic development, etc.), therefore, the water line is of utmost importance and I will continue to support the project. Keystone XL Pipeline – The Tribe needs to continue to vehemently oppose the construction of the oil pipeline that is going to be constructed on our treaty lands and just west of the current Reservation boundary because we do not need our people to be exposed to the ill side effects (i.e., crime, transportation, housing, etc.) of oil projects as well as the contamination of our valuable water supply. Elderly Village Operational Funding – the Tribe needs to modify and pass legislation through the TECA Ordinance #74 to ensure that operations of the elderly village is continual and sufficient each and every year to allow Tribal member elders to have a beautiful place to live. Other important issues are: BIE funding of education, Tribal education scholarships, additional housing, and continued increased funding of social programs to assist our membership as they need assistance but because of space limitations I cannot expand upon.

Tribal council collectively at times has been described as dysfunctional and self-serving. If elected what will you do to help change public perception of how the people perceive their elected officials?

If elected, I will attend whatever committee/commission meetings I choose to be on as well as Tribal Council each and every month and past attendance records will verify my attendance at meetings and council sessions. In addition, I have personally experienced the issue of Tribal Council Representatives going over and above their legislative duties and delving into administrative and judicial issues which exudes the public perception of dysfunction when valuable council session time is spent debating/discussing issues which should not be on council floor. As a result, I will perform only legislative functions as defined in the Tribal constitution and not involve myself in activities or functions of the administration and judicial branches. I will also support the administration, Tribal departments, and allow the employees to complete their jobs and serve the people.

Do you feel it’s a fair practice for tribal council representatives to be paid if the tribal council doesn’t meet because of a lack of a quorum?    Do you think that changes need to be made to how and when tribal council members are compensated? 

No. Yes, changes need to be made. In the early 2000’s, there was a resolution passed and was later rescinded that placed dollar values on attendance at Tribal Council sessions and committee/commission meetings. A resolution similar to the previous resolution needs to be considered and passed to address attendance issues if attendance does not improve. My thought on the whole issue is that the Tribal Council Representatives are grown adults and should perform the duties that he/she is elected to do.

Merrie Miller

Introduction statement: My name is Merrie Miller and I am running for the District 4 Tribal Council Representative position. I am 51 years old. I am married to Kevin White Bull and I have three children. Oryn, Keith and Rebecca White Bull.   I coached dance teams for C-EB School and Standing Rock School as well as community members for about 19 years. I have worked with over 120 girls ranging in ages form 3 years of age to 18.   I have an Associate of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. I have served on the Tribal Council for two-four year terms. During my terms I was Co-Chairman-National Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for School Construction, Chairman-Judiciary Committee, Vice-Chairman-Judiciary Committee, Chairman-Election Board, Chairman-Education Committee, Vice-Chairman Education Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Health Committee.

There are a number of important issues facing the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, what issues do you think are priority and if elected how do you plan those issues?

All issues are important to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and should all be a priority.   I sit on over thirteen committees. It is hard to focus on one issue when you have other meetings you have to be at which is just as important. Sometimes the meetings are stacked and you have to choose which meeting you are going to attend and then you are counted absent for one or the other meetings and then you have missed an important vote on an important issue. If elected, I would push to limit the committees a council representative could serve on. There are fifteen council representatives who could each serve on three or four committees in order to meet more than just once a month to address all important issues. More issues would be able to be addressed and we would not be pulled from one meeting to the next.

Tribal Council collectively at times has been described as dysfunctional and self-serving. If elected what will you do to help change public perception of how the people perceive their elected officials?

I have learned in my last term to find out what others perceive about me by asking for feedback from the people and spend some time on self-reflection. I try to be open to constructive criticism as this helps with understanding my own strengths and weaknesses.  I believe we need to let our actions match our words every single time. As leaders we need to motivate and act with conviction. We need to continually communicate the reasons behind the decisions we make. We need to follow- through on our actions. As a leader we need to be aware of the effect we have on others.  When we make a decision that is not popular, we need to be visible and accessible to the people. Give explanations and answer questions for the people. I would like to state that I have found in my two terms of service that you have to work together. You have to get along. Each council representative is unique and we each are elected with different knowledge, talents and abilities. Working together, I believe we can accomplish anything.

Do you feel it’s a fair practice for tribal council representatives to be paid if the tribal council doesn’t meet because of a lack of a quorum? Do you think that changes need to be made to how and when tribal council members are compensated? 

The CRST Constitution states that you will be paid for services rendered. How can you render a service when you show up for council but there is no quorum? At the same time, Council Representatives are responsible for taking care of their families and providing for them. They have bills like everyone else which has to be paid in a timely manner or else they are taken to court. I believe we should be compensated monthly for services rendered for working in committee meetings as well as attending Tribal Council. We spend anywhere from three to 8 hours a day on one committee meeting. That being said, I work for the people. Each council representative is elected by the voters in their district. Let them decide. I believe changes need to be made as to how and when tribal council members are compensated. I believe the way to do this is by amending the CRST constitution.

District 5

Robin LeBeau

Introduction statement (age, family, background, leadership experience)  

My Name is Robin L. LeBeau Tatanka Agli Win, I am 38 years old. I have one 12 year old son, 2 nephews and my uncle who reside with me. My family is the late Archie LeBeau and Norma Mills, my father is Greg LeBeau and my parents are Rhea Turning Heart and Jeff Yearick. My great grandparents were Dennis and Rosalie Dog Eagle, and Ramona Hill Dog Eagle.My leadership experience comes from you the people who have allowed me serve you for the past 4 years, Lila wopila tanka.

There are a number of important issues facing the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, what issues do you think are priority and if elected how do you plan to address those issues?  

With multi tasking a different number of issues on a daily basis, the first thing I see is to make a priority list and go 110% on those issues facing our Tribe, and don’t stop tell we accomplish something. The first thing is creating a market for economic development here on the reservation, and creating a job force of more than 2 or 3 jobs here and there.. We have to be able to market or Tribe, for ex: showing the outside world we have the skills to accomplish many things, or people our brilliant and are ready to be given a chance.

It’s our duty also to help combat the unprecedented amount of drug activity that is occurring now. Again, investing time to continue to work on strengthening laws, establishing a inpatient treatment center, here, and building the resources to help the courts, law enforcement, and Four Bands Healing center to help us, help them combat the issue. There are many other issues that face our Tribe, that we need to continue to work to see completion, and the need to continue to defend..

Tribal council collectively at times has been described as dysfunctional and self serving. If elected what will you do to help change public perception of how the people perceive their elected officials? 

We need to police ourselves but I am also counting on the people to put “team player’s” on the team. I believe we are ethically bound to create more laws and policy’s to govern ourselves, for ex: Council passed a motion that was brought by my district to create a fines and forfeitures for continued tardiness, absenteeism and we need legal to finalize and bring back, and make it a reality.

We also need to have the ethics resolution actually inforced and establish the commission, instead of having “council” again being the jury and judge against there very own..

The impeachment procedures also need to be passed.

The bottom line is we need the people to empower themselves to help enforce and make the change as well, go through with a ethics violation, go through with a recall, and make an impeachment happen, if all facts and truths or there, then I would support, we have tried but cannot get the support of council to police themselves.

Do you feel it’s a fair practice for tribal council representatives to be paid if the tribal council doesn’t meet because of a lack of a quorum?   

Is it fair?  no due to the constitution stating service rendered, but is it fair for the people to hold those who show up on time, attend every meeting, go to there district meeting and represent them during council to be held accountable for the others who choose to for whatever reason, to not be there?

Do you think that changes need to be made to how and when tribal council members are compensated?

Yes, right now there is really no established system of how to get rendered your service except a few council action’s stating when. The executive branch is actually paid on a employee timesheet, they work there 80 hours, accrue sick and annual leave, they get employee insurance, and get paid every 2 weeks.They also get an hourly wage. A rep makes a salaried base rate of pay, no insurance, nothing for retirement, and you pay taxes either only on the federal being taken out or a 1099..

So, a formal procedure identified by the people, would be awesome. The people have tried it for council in forms of salary cuts, and I have supported those efforts.

Robert Chasing Hawk, Sr.

Introduction statement (age, family, background, leadership experience) 

Robert Chasing Hawk, Sr., 69, I have 6 children, 13 grandchildren. Graduated from high school, attended Business College, honorably discharged from U.S. Army, Vietnam veteran 1967-1968, 18 years of experience as elected official

There are a number of important issues facing the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, what issues do you think are priority and if elected how do you plan to address those issues?

 Redistricting is my number one priority, because the last redistricting was illegally done without people’s input. Next priority, illegal sales tax collection by the city of Eagle Butte, because they essentially tax the whole reservation. 3rd priority, we need to fight illegal drugs like meth as a Sovereign Nation, its destroying our Nation. We need jobs, jobs jobs.

 Tribal council collectively at times has been described as dysfunctional and self serving. If elected what will you do to help change public perception of how the people perceive their elected officials?

I will draft and introduce the resolutions to improve the procedures of the council which can be referendum if the tribal council failed to approve the resolutions, examples; pay cut, constitutional duties for council reps, establish an Ethic Commission, elected officials can be sued individually pursuant to Indian Civil Rights Act, etc.

 Do you feel it’s a fair practice for tribal council representatives to be paid if the tribal council doesn’t meet because of a lack of a quorum?   Do you think that changes need to be made to how and when tribal council members are compensated?

Apparently, elected officials put themselves above the law and disregard their Oath of Office and do crazy things, but with written policies approve by the districts councils regulating the procedures of the council to reiterate “Services must be actually rendered” and hopefully, this will not happen again. Also, there should be no more per diem advances and council representatives’ pay cut and travel cut by 75%, we need to stay home and work as a team to start fighting poverty.

Raymond Uses The Knife Jr.

Introduction statement (age, family, background, leadership experience)

Hello my name is Raymond Uses The Knife Jr. 58 years young, candidate for District 5. The election is Next Tuesday Nov. 4th. It’s very important that we vote.

I am a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Fluent Lakota Speaker with good Proficiency in the English Language. I lived in the district now for a number of years. My Maternal Great Grand Parents are Amos and Iron Cedar Woman Clown, both buried along the southern banks of the Moreau River in Thunder Butte South Dakota. My Paternal Grand Parents William Uses The Knife and Elizabeth Eagle Chasing both buried near Cherry Creek South Dakota. My Parents are Raymond Uses The Knife Sr (deceased) and my Mother Ethel Uses The Knife living at the Golden Age living Center in Rapid City South Dakota. I grew up on my family ranch near Thunder Butte South Dakota.

(Experience) I have been on the Tribal Council for over 22 years. In 1990 I was elected a junior council rep from District one. In District one I was re-elected for 4 consecutive terms. Elected in District 5 in 2008-2012. I have been on many of the various Council Committees. I was elected Vice Chairman of the Tribe from 2003 to 2006. I am looking forward to working with the People and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe if elected.

There are a number of important issues facing the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, what issues do you think are priority and if elected how do you plan to address those issues?

Cultural Identity is one of the most important issues facing many Tribes. I believe we need to retain and enhance our knowledge in Culture, Language and our Spirituality. Our Children must identify with our way of life. Our Elders must teach. There are so many issues and debate as to our existence as the Lakota Nation. The Sioux Nation was once a force to be reckoned with. We still are a Power Nation if we are United. Collectively we must be strong in Promoting our Identity. Our Ancestors have fought and died for our way of life. We must not let them down.

Health, Education, Social Welfare, Infrastructure development, are my Priorities while serving on the various committees of Council.

Tribal council collectively at times has been described as dysfunctional and self serving. If elected what will you do to help change public perception of how the people perceive their elected officials?

The simple answer is to elect People who lead by example. I have been working our family business as ranchers since I was 5 years. I’ve experienced the hard labor in the hot sun, sweat in the brow. I had worked in supervisory positions for the Tribe since I was in my early 20s. I know what work is and am not afraid of it.

In example I have strived to unite our Council in the past. It’s one of the most difficult tasks. Every member of Council have their own opinion and deserve to be listened to. Not one person should be allowed to dominate a session. We are all equal in the Council Room and must be respectful of each other. If we have a conflict let’s bring them together and talk to them. Reason with them and work with them. Understanding, forgiveness and a hand shake can cement our vows for Unity. Let’s not give up on our Leaders. Let’s not give up on our People. We are entrusted with a lot of responsibility.

Do you feel it’s a fair practice for tribal council representatives to be paid if the tribal council doesn’t meet because of a lack of a quorum?   Do you think that changes need to be made to how and when tribal council members are compensated?

This issue has been debated since 1990. The People’s needs come first. It’s unfair to penalize those who work diligently through out the month and are in attendance for Council Sessions. I always believed that family emergencies take precedent. Every member of council has a Tewahe-immediate family whom he or she takes care of. It’s not the fault of those who participate and are in attendance. In the days of the month Tribal Council is charged with the responsibility of conducting Council Committee Meetings. Work is on going sometimes 24/7. A well thought out retreat and discussion should be held to address the issues of ‘Self Policing’ of Tribal Council. We are entrusted with a big responsibility and we must acknowledge that role with the best interest of the People at heart.

The People – voting members have a right to redress their grievances at the Monthly Council Sessions. If that is not allowed then the People have a right to referendum. A referendum petition of 300 signatures and election at the polls may change a policy of the Tribal Council and is Binding on the Council. If the People vote and say we shall not get paid then we should not.

In closing I appreciate all the support of the Oyate-People of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

I am Wiwambli- Raymond Uses The Knife Dist 5 Council Candidate 2014.

Don’t forget November 4th. Vote.

Ho he che tu yelo, Pila.

NALSA Elects Four Bear as 1L Representative 



Jessica Four Bear

Jessica Four Bear


Jessica (Kennedy) Four Bear grew up on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the daughter of Wade (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) and Dee Ann Lawrence (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe). Jessica’s father works for the Indian Health Service and her mother is the Higher Education Director for Cheyenne River. With her parent’s full support and promotion of higher education, Jessica is a second generation college graduate. Jessica has one daughter, Julie Ann, who is now 15 years old and also attends school in Vermillion. In 2007, Jessica married Moreau Armstrong Four Bear (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) who is a veteran who served ten years in the United States military and is also a member of the Fool Soldiers Society and the Elks Scraper Society.

In 2008, Jessica received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City, South Dakota. Jessica completed her internship for Mario Gonzalez, a distinguished Aboriginal lawyer and activist for Indian Sovereignty. Shortly after, Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in Tribal Business Management from Oglala Lakota College. Throughout her higher education pursuit, Jessica worked full time for various positions for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Her first position was Public Relations Coordinator for (formal) Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier where she was introduced to the world of politics and law. Thereafter, she worked in the Indian Child Welfare Office assisting the Director, she served two years as the Juvenile Prosecutor and later as the Lay Advocate for Game, Fish and Parks where she successfully attained a number of grants for the department.

During the summer of 2013, Jessica successfully completed the American Indian Pre-Law Summer Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico which led her here, to the University Of South Dakota School Of Law.

As the 1L representative for NALSA, Jessica has an opportunity to work with Tribes across the region and country. Jessica’s interests are in Indian Law and Indian Gaming. Jessica wants to pursue opportunities that promote Indian Country in forms of tribal economic development, self-sufficiency and strong tribal governments. Jessica believes in developing positive working relationships between the State, Tribes and Federal Government. Jessica respects the capabilities and responsibilities of each sovereign nation and fully promotes strengthening government to government relations. Jessica is also a strong advocate for the 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty and the Black Hills and hopes to be part of the legendary negotiations one day. Jessica’s goal after law school is to join the efforts to protect Tribal sovereignty and assist Tribes in exercising their inherent powers through nation building.

Moreau Grand holds annual meeting

MG Board 2014web

Back row left to right  Directors Barbara Begeman, Pat Aberle, Clint Clark, Royce Walker, Lois Bartlett, Robert Keckler, Kerry McLellan, Attorney John Burke.  Front Row left to right Board President Larry Hieb, Vice-president Paul Lawrence, Secretary/Treasurer Beverly Birkeland, Manager Melissa Maher, and Finance officer Linda Dahlgren.

Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative held their 66th annual meeting in Timber Lake South Dakota on Friday, October 3, 2014. The meeting was held at the Timber Lake Public School with 168 members going through the registration line. The evening began with the Isabel United Church of Christ serving a delicious barbecued beef supper to 393 members and guests. Following the meal the third grade class of Timber Lake under the direction of Julie Barnica presented a beautiful rendition of three patriotic songs, followed by the young members drawing and movie. In the absence of ailing Board President Rod Schad Board Vice President Alan Johnson called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Reports were heard from Board Secretary-Treasurer Beverly Birkeland, Board Vice President Alan Johnson manager Melissa Maher, and Basin Electric Power Cooperative Senior Legislative Representative Mike Eggl. Members Gerald and Louise Pike were the recipients of this year’s Good Neighbor Award. ­­­­­­­­­Those in attendance listened to staff reports on activities in each department. These activities included construction and work schedules, demand response program, recap of system restoration efforts made since the storms of 2013, FEMA reimbursement, and the secure online bill and account access thru SmartHub. The membership elected four directors to serve on the board. District 1 Clint Clark, District 2 Barbara Begeman, District 3 Pat Aberle and District 5 Kerry McLellan. The proposed bylaw change allowing the balancing of member districts passed 65 to ­­­40. Members voiced their concerns and had questions about how pending EPA regulations are going to impact the cooperative and how capital credits are distributed. Receiving Special Recognition: Peggy Clark in honor of Director Charlie Clark for his many years of faithful service to the cooperative. Charlie passed suddenly last October. He served as a director for 8 years. Retiring Directors Rod Schad and Alan Johnson, each served the membership for 21 years. Retiring employees Pat Donavan 29 years and Rick DuFloth 28 years. Service awards were presented to: Deb Holzer – 35 years Melissa Maher – 30 years Sheila Scherer – 25 years Neil Hahne – 25 years Mary Lou Kraft – 25 years Karen Salzer – 20 years Wade Bollinger – 20 years Chad Mettler – 15 years Roger Lawien – 15 years Vender supplied door prizes were given throughout the evening with the big winners as follows: $100 prize winners were Dale & Terry McLellan, Paula Hinkley, Gary Voller, and Val Keller. 42” flat screen TV – Bobbi Jo & Grady Kraft Jayden Goldade won the young members’ prize, an Android tablet for guessing the closest to the amount of money in the jar. Following the annual meeting, the board held a reorganization meeting for the purpose of electing officers. Those selected were Larry Hieb – President, Paul Lawrence – Vice-president and Beverly Birkeland -Secretary-Treasurer. Moreau-Grand wishes to thank our members for taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in their electric cooperative business.


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