A Different Voice Serving the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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April 2017

Courts & Crime/SWO Politics

Corruption on a Grand Scale

High in the Coteau des Prairie hills – “God’s Country” as he often calls it — Former Vice-Chairman Donovan White moves sand and gravel to the beach areas in preparation for the summer season, while his youngest son plays outside on this cool, but sunny spring day. It’s been nearly three weeks since Tribal Council… Keep Reading


Addressing HIV/AIDS: 3 New Cases in Quarter One

According to the recently released “South Dakota Health and Disease Summary”, The Northeast Region of SD had only 3 new HIV cases in the first quarter of January-March 2017, and the number of cases in Roberts, Marshall, Day, and Grant were five (5) or less for each county.  Codington County has 8 cases of HIV/AIDS. … Keep Reading

About Us

The Passage of Time

I have climbed this steep hill many times. The day is near its end. My lungs take in the cold, clear air. I pause in my ascent to gaze at the weather-beaten barn. The building has stood valiantly at the crest of the hill since 1918. The boards, creaky with age, are crumbly and dank.… Keep Reading

Is Banishment Really The Answer

Chairman Flute advocates “Banishment” as a traditional way to tackle the use and abuse of methamphetamine on the Lake Traverse Reservation.  In the 26 April 2017 edition of The Chairman’s Corner1, he proposes three (3) levels of banishment with penalties ranging from banishment from “all Tribal property” for first time offenders, all the way to a 25-year-to-life… Keep Reading

Cultural Events

First Annual Dakota Truth-Telling Gathering

What: First Annual Dakota Truth-Telling Gathering Where:  Fort Snelling, Minnesota When:  May 4-7, beginning at 9am each day   On May 4th of 1863, Dakota people who had been imprisoned at a concentration camp below Fort Snelling at Bdote were taken by steamboat and exiled from Mnisota Makhoche. To mark our return & assert our… Keep Reading

SWO Politics

Council Removes Vice-Chair White

After about 3 hours of “deliberation” on Monday, April 3, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Council voted to Remove Vice-Chairman Donovan White. All that was needed was 5 votes to overturn the election results on at least one of the nine charges.  The Removal Hearing was scheduled to start at 10:00 am in Tribal Council Chambers.… Keep Reading

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