Par pres006 le 5 Décembre 2008 à 15:14
After one month, there are STILL people on Pine Ridge & Rosebud Indian Reservations that are without any power! They are being told it could be several weeks before it is completely restored.
by: Tamra Brennan
November 15th, 2008
The power was restored today, in the community of Wanblee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. As of this afternoon the communities of Potato Creek and N. Allen were still without power, however it is expected to be restored by no later than Sunday. Once all power is restored to the Reservation, the Incident Command Center located at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, will close down. The closure is expected by the end of this weekend. The crew is in the process of cleaning up, in order for the students to return to school on Monday morning.
Monica Terkildsen, the co-Incident Commander of the location, stated today that many lessons were learned during this crisis. There were errors along the way; however their successes were tremendous, everyone pulled together in this crisis to help the people in need. Their first goal from the beginning was "life safety for the people." There has been rumors this past week, that fatalities occurred, due to the storm, but Monica stated this was inaccurate information and their was no loss of life. This was a relief to hear.
The President-elect Theresa Two Bulls, has also visited the command center and brought supplies. She will be inaugurated into office in two weeks.
Monica stated they will use this incident to help educate the new Tribal President and Vice President, with an orientation on how to respond in a crisis situation and what they learned during this process the past ten days.
Francis Big Crow, the Incident Commander stated the result of 60+ mph winds that slammed Western South Dakota with the blizzard on November 5th, 2008, in addition to 2.5 inches of ice on the cable lines, caused approximately 2,500 power poles to snap. This left hundreds of people without power clear across the Eastern side of Pine Ridge to the boarder of the Rosebud Reservation. Many areas of Rosebud are still without power.
Due to the remoteness of some areas, several people that were stranded without power and heating, were forced to walk many miles to arrive at the shelter.
Law Enforcement Ranger and Operations Manager of the Wanblee Command Center, Troy Billing stated, that he along with seven other vehicles were stranded along the highway during the blizzard. He and other crew members were on the road, rescuing people that were stuck. Once the blizzard finally hit, seven vehicles ended up stranded for 36 hours on the roadside. Snow drifts were past the side of the cab of their pickups. They had radios to communicate, however travel was impossible in an attempt to rescue them. They were also in communication with KILI Rez Radio during their ordeal, updating them on road and weather conditions. This enabled KILI Radio to share first hand info with the general public.
During the eleven day crisis the BIA Police and Tribal Police assisted the Command Center in delivering needed supplies and water to the stranded people in homes across these communities.
Supplies will continue to be delivered until power is fully restored to each community.
Everyone at the Command Center is extremely grateful for the support and assistance that the public has shown to their communities. They each gave a big "woplia tanka" to everyone throughout Indian Country that has assisted them, in this crisis.
It will take some time for residents to fully recover from this crisis. There are many people still in need. The Center is requesting that any future donations be brought or sent to the following address:
Attn: Gus Craven
210 Wasaba Ave
Wanblee, SD 57577
All donations made will continue to be distributed to the members of the communities affected by this disaster.
There are many areas on the Rosebud Reservation that are still without power and heat. They also have centers set up to assist people with supplies, food and shelter.
We will be continuing to work with these centers and send out updates and info as it arrives.
Thank you everyone for all of your assistance, throughout Indian Country. We all need to stand together during this time of crisis, on the reservations.
For future updates, information and past articles, about the blizzard crisis please visit our website at http://www.ndnnews.com/ and our blog at http://news.ndnnews.com/
Par pres006 le 26 Octobre 2008 à 17:36
Lakota Warrior Traditions” opening at Studio San Giuseppe
“Lakota Warrior Traditions,” an exhibition of contemporary Lakota artworks illustrating traditional methods the Lakota used to transform themselves into fearsome warriors, opens at The Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at the College of Mount St. Joseph Nov. 2 and runs through Dec. 7.
The artworks and artifacts included in the exhibit encompass a variety of media: painting, sculpture, quilt making, quillwork, beadwork and leatherwork. A selection of artworks and artifacts are on loan from The Heritage Center, Pine Ridge (SD) Indian Reservation.
This exhibit parallels an ongoing relationship with the Mount’s Departments of Religious Studies and Behavioral Sciences, the Holy Rosary Mission (Pine Ridge) and the Lakota people. Students and faculty members have traveled during the past 12 summers to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for a Religious Studies/Anthropology class where they have immersed themselves in the cultural and spiritual atmosphere of the Lakota people. Professor John Trokan, D. Min., chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Susan Labry Meyn, Ph. D., consulting ethnologist to different museums in Cincinnati and adjunct professor at the Mount, lead the class and field experience for both undergraduate and graduate-level students.
This current exhibit follows the exhibits “Lakota Star Quilts” (1998), “Contemporary Native American Art: Mitakuye Oyasin” (2000), “Wounded Knee” (2003) and “Tiyospaye: An Extended Family” (2004).
The Lakota people come from a different social, economic, and political background with different languages, views and beliefs – tribal identities with deep roots. This is an opportunity to walk in their footsteps, to see what they see and feel what they feel.
A reception honoring Lakota guests – Linn Cross Dog, Lakota educator and director of transportation for the Red Cloud Mission at Pine Ridge, and Ivan Long, Lakota educator, artist and horse trainer (originally from Pine Ridge, now living in Montana) – will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. The reception is open to the public.
In conjunction with this exhibit, the College of Mount St. Joseph will also host a viewing of the movie “Skins” (released in 2002) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Corona Room (Seton Center). The film is about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The movie will be followed by a discussion question/answer session with Linn Cross Dog and Ivan Long.
Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of the College of Mount St. Joseph, Delhi and Neeb roads in Delhi Township. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Gallery is closed on major holidays and will be closed Wednesday thru Friday, Nov. 26-28, for Thanksgiving recess. Admission is free.
For more information, call Studio San Giuseppe at 513-244-4314.
Par pres006 le 16 Octobre 2008 à 15:33
Rapid City Journal - Rapid City,SD,USA
Means and Two Bulls to meet in Oglala president race
Voters to decide runoff races Nov. 4
By Heidi Bell Gease, Journal staff Wednesday, October 15, 2008Means received 933 votes in the Oct. 7 primary, and Two Bulls gathered 804 votes. Current tribal president John Yellow Bird Steele finished third, with 721 votes.
Gerald "Jump" Big Crow received 303 votes; Richard Iron Cloud, 240; Francis Ruff, 170; Donald Steele Jr., 152; and Bruce Whalen, 123 votes.
In the vice-presidential race, incumbent William "Shorty" Brewer pulled in 888 votes. Alice Perkins finished second, with 648 votes and will face Brewer on the ballot Nov. 4. Tom Poor Bear finished a close third, with 640 votes.
Melanie Two Eagle received 617 votes; Charles Montileaux, 365; and Daryl Mesteth, 284 votes.
Official primary results for the reservation's nine districts are as follows, according to information provided by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Election Office.
Eagle Nest District -- Incumbent Jim Meeks (130 votes) will be on the ballot with Billy Amiotte (121), Wayne Randall (61) and James Red Willow (55). Voters will elect two of the four. Other candidates were Floyd "Chilly" Wilcox (52) and Eleanor Charging Crow (48).
LaCreek District -- Incumbents Craig Dillon (150 votes) and Kim Clausen (117) will face Colene Bald Eagle (105) on Nov. 4. The top two vote-getters will win council seats.
Medicine Root District -- Joseph Rosales (93 votes), Emma Featherman-Sam (92) and Stanley Little Whiteman Jr. (84) will be on the ballot with incumbent Austin Watkins (83) to vie for two council seats. Other candidates were Lucy A. Bull Bear (61), Cordelia White Elk (53), Denise Red Owl (53), Arlin Whirlwind Horse (52), Bernard L. Shot With Arrows (51), William Montileaux (44) and Archie Hopkins (42).
Pass Creek District -- Lydia Bear Killer (117 votes) and James Cross (93) will face off in the election for one council seat. Other candidates were Anna Salomon (61), incumbent Ron Duke (57), Elaine Martinez (45) and John Dubray Jr. (37).
Pine Ridge District -- Incumbent Ella "John" Carlow finished first, with 240 votes. She will be joined on the ballot by Gary D. Janis (225), Robin Tapio (215), John Mousseau (205), Bette Goings (201) and Lawrence "Larry" Eagle Bull (188). Three council representatives will be elected. Other candidates were Abraham Tobacco (176), Elvyn Douglas Bissonette (112), Cleone "Henny" Whalen (85), Francyne Big Crow (82), Irene Red Cloud (28) and Myron E. Whalen Jr. (22).
Porcupine District -- Incumbent Phillip Good Crow and Anthony Wounded Head Sr. both received 113 votes. They will face David Pourier (91) and Beverly A. Tuttle (87) in the Nov. 4 election for two council seats. Incumbent Wesley "Chuck" Jacobs received 81 votes. Other candidates were Eldon Black Bull (59), Todd O'Bryan (29) and Virgil "Chug" Bush Sr. Two Eagle (33).
Wakpamni District -- Incumbent Sonia Little Hawk Weston was the top vote-getter, with 211 votes. She will be on the Nov. 4 ballot with Ricky Gray Grass (118), Dan Rodriguez Sr. (108) and incumbent Tom Conroy (99) to vie for two council seats. Other candidates were Maxine Lakota (97), Herb Colhoff (94), Geneva Lone Hill (86), Walt Big Crow (66), Jessica "Sioux" Big Crow (47) and Paul Red Feather (45).
Whiteclay/Oglala District -- Valerie Janis-Kills Small (113 votes), Ivan Starr (106), incumbent Floyd Brings Plenty (88) and Barbara Dull Knife (87) will advance to the general election to vie for two council seats. Other candidates were Jackson Ten Fingers (73), Ivan C. Tobacco (65), incumbent Jason "Jake" Little (64), Linda Yellow Horse (55), Ellen Fills Pipe-Rodriguez (54), Charles Spotted Thunder (54), Frank Two Bulls Sr. (41) and Paul Forney (30).
Wounded Knee District -- Phillip Jumping Eagle (171 votes), incumbent Garfield Steel-Little Dog (164), Garfield Apple (152) and Eugenio White Hawk Sr. (152) will face off in the race for two council seats. Incumbent Kathy Janis received 133 votes.
Several candidates listed on the primary ballot were not included in final primary tallies received from the election office. Pine Ridge District incumbent Carol Crazy Thunder-O'Rourke, LaCreek District candidates Tracy Jones and Stephanie Louden, Wakpamni District candidate Richard Mousseau Jr., and Wounded Knee District candidate Collins Clifford Jr. did not appear in the official primary results. Election commission officials could not be reached Tuesday for clarification.
Tribal members went to the polls Oct. 7 to cast votes in the primary election. Official results were released Tuesday after about 400 challenge votes had been verified and all votes tallied by hand.
Contact Heidi Bell Gease at 394-8419 or email@example.com
Par pres006 le 4 Juin 2008 à 08:30
24 area students listed for Gates college money Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the Kennedys
PINE RIDGE - As the Democratic primary season is seriously winding down, the Democratic presidential campaigns of Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama sought to focus on the Pine Ridge reservation (more)
Obama, Clinton court Native vote in South Dakota
PIERRE (AP) - Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are working hard to win American Indian votes as the two Democratic presidential hopefuls compete in South Dakota's presidential primary. (more)
Presidential campaigns target South Dakota and Pine Ridge
Left to right: Clinton, Shorty Brewer, Davey Pourier, Carol Crazy Thunder O’Rourke, Theresa Two Bulls, Ella Carlow, Jump Big Crow and Chuck Jacobs.
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