How do we hold public officials, employees, and directors accountable for their actions?

r the story about Tere Charging Thunder, I learned that the tribe’s Support Services Program pays for funeral costs when a member of Cheyenne River passes away. I knew the exact amount that the Support Services Program paid in the case of the Charging Thunder. What I wanted to know was the amount that the program has paid to Kesling […]

Letter to the Editor: Justice means honoring last wishes & a return to ancestral lands

In 2013, I buried a young woman with her ancestors in the St. James’ Episcopal Cemetery near Bear Creek on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Three years later, in 2016, the young woman’s adoptive mother asked to have her body disinterred and moved to another cemetery. So, I contacted local family, enrolled members of Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, and at the […]

The ordering of chaos: therapy for a cluttered mind

In the Navajo tradition, I was told that a person who places their shoes skewed on the floor is a person with a skewed mind. This person is most likely the one who never folds her blankets in the morning, leaves clothes lying all over the floor and washes dishes only when they are needed. My friends who shared this […]

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Larceny

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Larceny was sentenced on February 5, 2018, by, U.S. District Judge, Roberto A. Lange. Bradlee One Feather, age 28, was sentenced to time served, 3 years of supervised release, $4,077.99 due in restitution and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the […]

Eagle Butte Man and Woman Sentenced for Drug Charges

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man and woman convicted of Distribution of a Controlled Substance were sentenced on January 2, 2018 and February 5, 2018 respectively, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Perry Crow, Jr., a/k/a Perry Fiddler, age 23, was sentenced to 4 months in custody, 4 months in home confinement, […]

Jury Finds Eagle Butte Man Guilty of Assaulting a Federal Officer

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Pete Knight, age 54, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, was found guilty of Assaulting a Federal Officer as a result of a federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota. The verdict was returned on February 7, 2018. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 8 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 2 […]

C-EB High School students win fifth place at 28th Annual Business Plan Competition; Sanborn Central wins first place

Jody Rust & Pierre, SD – Austin Schmit and Alex Wormstadt, Sanborn Central High School students, won first-prize in the recent 28th Annual Business Plan Competition for high school students. The competition is co-sponsored by the South Dakota Bankers Foundation and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The concept behind the Business Plan Competition is to take an idea for […]

Cheyenne River woman disinterred and cremated without permission of family and church

 Tere Charging Thunder was the daughter of Celeste Littleton of Bear Creek. Her father was Earl Charging Thunder of Oglala, SD. At the age of two, she was adopted by a non-tribal member and raised off the reservation. According to her biological sister, Carol, Charging Thunder allegedly suffered abuse in her adoptive home. When she was 18 years old, she […]

Governor Daugaard signs law: state recognizes rights of tribes in disinterment process

On February 8, Governor Daugaard signed into law, Senate Bill 88, which made amendments to the South Dakota Codified Law and Administrative Rule regarding disinterment of Native American burial sites within the state. According the bill’s primary sponsor, Senator Ryan Maher (District 28), the bill was created after I published the story of Tere Charging Thunder in November 2017. Senate […]

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