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Treaty council slams mine at Pine Ridge by Brandon Ecoffey

Treaty council slams mine at Pine Ridge by Brandon Ecoffey

Treaty Council comes down hard on company* KYLE—In news first reported by freelance reporter Natalie Hand, the Tetunwan Oyate Treaty Council has come down hard on a company who had illegally mined for zeolite on the Pine Ridge Reservation. On June 12th, the Tetuwan Oyate Treaty Council convened a meeting at Pejuta Haka College Center to discuss the issue of zeolite mining on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation by a Dickinson, North Dakota, based company called Dakota Land Trust. Last year the Dakota Land Trust had bypassed the Oglala Sioux Tribal legal and regulation process by originally obtaining a gravel mining permit from the State of South Dakota for a tract of land within the borders of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, however, instead of mining gravel the company began mining for zeolite illegally. Once tribal officials and citizens were made aware of the mine actions were taken to shut it down. This same company has recently reached out to the Wounded Knee district in an attempt to restart...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Featured, News

Native vote plays key role in Senate matchup by Brandon Ecoffey

Native vote plays key role in Senate matchup by Brandon Ecoffey

*This article was first published in the Native Sun News RAPID CITY –– Early on the South Dakota senate race was projected to be an easy win for Republicans. Now however with the influx of millions of dollars and the presence of a surging Democratic candidate and a crafty elder Independent statesman – South Dakota is up for grabs and its Native American population may play a huge part in deciding who represents the Mt. Rushmore State and tribes in the Senate. Recent polling numbers have indicated that frontrunner and former Republican Governor of South Dakota, Mike Rounds, is spiraling downward as he works to stave off allegations regarding his role in a program that was designed to bring investors to South Dakota in exchange for expedited citizenship during his time as South Dakota governor. However, the program became ripe with fraud and led to the indictment of Richard Benda who was accused of diverting $550,000 in state grant money as part of EB-5 for personal use. Before Benda...

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Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Featured

Senate debate focuses on Keystone XL plan by Brandon Ecoffey

Senate debate focuses on Keystone XL plan by Brandon Ecoffey

*This article was first published in the Native Sun News KYLE—As November approaches the South Dakota senatorial race is tightening and one particular important issue to Native American voters was addressed last week at political forum hosted by Oglala Lakota College. On Wednesday of last week three of the four candidates running for the South Dakota senate seat being left by the retirement of longtime lawmaker Sen. Tim Johnson met in Kyle to answer questions about their stance on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. In attendance at the event were Democratic candidate Rick Weiland and Independent candidates Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. “I was the first candidate to come out forcefully early on against the Keystone pipeline. They have been trying to promote this as a jobs program for the country. Something that would bring energy security to the country… as something make the country more secure for all this oil that is frankly going to Fort McArthur, Texas and overseas,” said Weiland. “This is a big foreign oil...

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Featured

Native women speaking out against violence by Brandon Ecoffey

Native women speaking out against violence by Brandon Ecoffey

*This article was first published in the Native Sun News RAPID CITY — Some say that a picture can speak a thousand words: Some however, can do more than that. A photo posted by First Nations woman, Sarah Rainville, on Twitter, along with hashtag #ImNotNext, has gone viral and is giving those who are fed up with the high rates of violent crime against indigenous women in Canada a far reaching platform to speak from. Rainville, 25, a citizen of the Soto First Nation from Sakimay, SK, chose to take her own personal message to social media. The catalyst for Renville’s revelation to post the photo and create the hashtag came about in response to a different social media campaign that asked the question #AmINext. #AmINext was intended to create awareness about the high rates of violence against Indigenous women in Canada. However, Rainville, felt that a more powerful and empowering message was more appropriate. “I would never go to Canada and ask if I am next. It is...

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Featured

DOJ releases report on Indian Country By Brandon Ecoffey

DOJ releases report on Indian Country By Brandon Ecoffey

*This article was first published in the Native Sun News WASHINGTON—Last week the Department of Justice released a second report to congress highlighting its work in Indian Country. The report entitled Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions includes statistics relating to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, and information on Attorney General Eric Holder’s initiatives to curb violent crime on reservations. “As detailed in this report, the Department of Justice is making good on our commitment to strengthen cooperation with sovereign tribes, reduce violent crime, and ensure justice for every individual,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. ““From our work to empower Indian women under the landmark Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, to the task force we established to safeguard children in Indian Country from violence and abuse, we have made significant strides – in close partnership with tribal nations – to bolster the safety and security of all American Indian and Alaska Native communities. As we move forward, we will continue to expand on this critical work; to...

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