#62 Aug 16, 2011
We can't forget about Donnie McGhee and his corruption also. I really like how he has American luxury cars from the past all broken down in his yard.
#63 Aug 16, 2011
I agree, there are a few who can see the tribal council corruption for what it really is, but come on now, Wally Wells and Bill Shields? Wally was wackier than a pet coon and he was guilty of grabbing range units to sub-lease to non-Indians while he was on council. Yes, he did do some good for the tribe but mostly for himself. Did you ever know him to work at any sort of job or occupation outside of the tribal council position? He relied mostly on the sub-lease money which is what other tribal members like MelDean Rank, Curly Miller, Randy Shields, Duane Bigeagle and Donnie McGhee are still doing. Why isn't the present tribal council trying to put a stop to this? Could it be they are just waiting their turn to do the same thing?
As for Bill Shields, we all know he was Elnita Ranks stooge and enforcer. And we all know what a corrupt b!*(# she was/is.
#64 Aug 16, 2011
one who knows,
Corruption is corruption any way you put it, just glad someone tried to stop it.
I agree with you on the land leasing.
Prior to 2006 the tribe collected around $650,000 off of land leases during the 06 administration the tribe collected $1.25 million, currently the tribe collects less than a million a year.
Since you know, how about you find the exact dollar amount and do the math to help show how much the tribe lost to the subleasers ounce again?(Your assistance is greatly appriecated, this is for those who don't know)
Now how about the taxes for gas and other stuff? Would we really need to collect that tax from the poorest of the poor if the current council wouldn't have gone along with giving lease breaks/lowering lease rates this year. How about the big break givin to Bob Hattum?$40,000, what a joke.(to cc from denver) Wilfreds name is on the resolution passing this big break, so is Peters.Both also helped push the tax collection resolution.
Sorry to say there is no honesty in trouble politics.
For your info there is no section in the constitution giving provitions to the appointment of Brandon to a council seat,(VERY UNCONSTITUTIONAL)he ran for chair last election not council. Has he been placed there to finish what he started? The news papers printed that another person started the investigations not Sazue, it is printed that he started by taking a bribe. Sure hope that's not what he's back to finish hate to see him indicted next. So those in power are still doing what they want too as usual.
To be a leader is to lead not fallow, ecspesially in the foot steps of which have been laid forth by the corrupt.
One who knows, who is to be our next leaders?
I agree with you this council just aint up to the task, no backbone or direction. If these are our only choices a election time I not voting.
#65 Aug 16, 2011
Yes we did turn our backs on them:
The lakes of the Braves
The treaty Council
Where are they now, got kicked to the curve thats where.
Brandon is the only one who got rewarded for his efforts, unconstitutional but none the less hes back on council to battle the corruption.
thank you to the others, hope the backlash and exile aren't too tuff on you. brandon will make it alright again.
#66 Aug 17, 2011
your such a "Debbie Downer" :)
Mr. Wilfred Keeble may be the Man we've all been spending all these years hoping for to come and 'save us from ourselves' again,
Maybe, Mr. Wilfred Keeble, our New Leader, will be the only one that can get us out of this disastrous mess.?!?!. give the man his chance, be the 'Observer', but don't go jumping to conclusions so soon :)
( Remember when Duane Big Eagle Sr. publicly stated, a group of people from crow creek had praised him and had told him that 'he', duane, was the 'only person' that could get us out of this mess"?.
see how that turned out for everyone, I think they all jumped to conclusions too soon, too.).
'Maybe' the Tribal Chairman position no longer 'controls the council', the way the tribal chairman position did when Duane Big Eagle sr. was the tribal chairman.?.
Maybe they reduced the tribal chairman's role back to a 'tie breaker'?.
or, Maybe Mr. Wilfred Keeble was just simply out voted.???.
do you know the complete story for sure?.
Observer; why haven't you ran for a council seat?.
you seem to have different ideas on anything the council does, did or has done :)
put your ideas on something solid,
I was told,,''if you want to change something within your own tribe, you should run for office or get someone who thinks like you and have them run for office".
If you can get the council,'the people?' to see that your ideas are better then theirs,(in a long run),
they will vote for the change(?. you may have to try it, share and explain your ideas with them, Maybe even share and explain your ideas with us?. try it out on us now, What is it should they have done differently and why?.
If Crow Creek had their own tribal internet web site, someone from the council chambers would have had to explain to the people the reason for the votes, how the votes would effect the people?. in a long run?.
( a Job for you, the 'Observer', to keep the people updated, in facts, reasons, and in our realm of possibilities).
We need the updates to understand the reasons for the votes,
especially if the council isn't telling any one any thing any more. again.
( the way you attacked it, doesn't help in explaining it much neither, otherwise I would have probably agreed with you).
Observer, You do realize Mr. Brandon Sazue was 'Only Charged' with taking the Bribes, right?,
he wasn't actually 'convicted' as all the others were, which is the reason Duane Big Eagle Sr. had to give up his Tribal Chairman's position to Mr. Wilfred Keeble, our New Leader...
now, If, Mr. Brandon Sazue was 'convicted' of these bribes, he would be a Felony and he wouldn't be on council.
Everyone knows about the bribes and Brandon, including the Council, The Feds, The B.I.A., the Courts, And us, we all know of them too.
He's as good as Guilty, except he hasn't been convicted.
Even our Constitution and Bylaws states 'No Felonies' on council, right?.
but, your not criticizing the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, why not?.
anyways, Based on Facts, Mr. Brandon Sazue shouldn't even be on council.
based on Reason, I wonder why is he back on council?...."The Investigation?"
From here, it all looks like we are all 'back' on 'a need to know basics', again.
I think, If the Ring was an Open Corruption,
The people should request to have an Open Investigation.
Before it all gets any worse for the people again to the point the people had 'no protection'.
from Any one, including from our tribes toughest and from our tribes bravest...
We've all been there already, It should all be easier for all of us to recognize again.
"yea, We all spent years 'fighting each other and Arguing with one another' over that the last time, We can all see how that worked out for all of us."
#67 Aug 17, 2011
Crow Creek Tribe Elects Keeble As Chairman
Published: August 17, 2011, 2:33 PM
FORT THOMPSON, SD - The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe has given its acting tribal chairman the position officially.
Wilfred Keeble has been unanimously elected to the chairman position by the tribal council.
Keeble had been named interim chairman after then-chairman Duane Big Eagle Sr. was found guilty in federal court two weeks ago on bribery and conspiracy charges.
Council member Peter Lengkeek says he's looking forward to moving forward with the council and rooting out the corruption in tribal government.
A federal jury convicted the 61-year-old Big Eagle for his role in a scheme that rewarded tribal officials for giving construction companies contracts for new buildings at the tribe's school in central South Dakota.
He's scheduled to be sentenced in October.
#68 Sep 5, 2011
The Crow Creek reservation needs an internet website.
Published September 01, 2011, 06:49 AM
OPINION: Businesses can grow, thrive on Crow Creek reservation
Bob Mercer recently published a column titled “Bribes, lies and debt — Crow Creek Sioux Tribe is a disaster,” discussing the many negative political events on Crow Creek that have recently appeared in the news. It is not my intention to comment on any of those, but instead to focus on some rather impetuous and unsupported statements that were made toward the end of the article.
By: KRYSTAL LANGHOLZ, Guest columnist
Bob Mercer recently published a column titled “Bribes, lies and debt — Crow Creek Sioux Tribe is a disaster,” discussing the many negative political events on Crow Creek that have recently appeared in the news.
It is not my intention to comment on any of those, but instead to focus on some rather impetuous and unsupported statements that were made toward the end of the article. While I appreciated Mr. Mercer’s passionate plea for strong ethical governance — nations, cities, and states all bear a sacred responsibility to their citizens — there were many troubling aspects of this column.
Mr. Mercer closed his article with the statement “What became clear is a reservation, at least Crow Creek, isn’t a safe place to do business.” While he acknowledged that as a “harsh statement,” let me go as far as to say that this statement is also unfounded and reckless. In the short time I have worked on Crow Creek, I have seen hard-working, high-impact programs administering federal money with dedicated and capable financial management, such as the Crow Creek Housing Authority and Head Start. More importantly, I have seen dozens of new businesses open on Crow Creek.
There is an unprecedented amount of entrepreneurship on Crow Creek — Shelby’s Convenience Store, Bad Nation Barber and Beauty Salon, MGF Roofing, Hawk’s Tire — the list goes on. Most recently I have seen Dion’s Bait and Tackle, located in the heart of Fort Thompson, celebrate a grand opening and then get flooded out, only to go ahead and open yet again. These businesses grow, bravely and slowly, in a tough economy.
These private business owners support not only themselves, but also the state of South Dakota by paying sales taxes, and they support other commercial establishments — banks, retailers and distributors — in South Dakota and across the Midwest, by giving them their business.
This story is not unique to Crow Creek. The economic growth indicators for all the reservations in South Dakota are impressive and tell us a very different story about business on the reservations. The South Dakota Indian Business Alliance, a group of individuals and organizations that believe in and pursue the growth of the private sector on the reservations in South Dakota, has seen nothing but positive growth indicators on the reservations: household incomes, tribal economies, and the private sector are all, statistically, on the rise. While there is still a lot of ground to make up, it is unfair to discuss the business environment on our reservations without also telling this story.
While I believe that we can give Mercer the benefit of the doubt and hope that he did not mean to make a blanket statement about business on the reservation in response to one example of poor tribal governance, the way we discuss these issues does matter. Over-generalized statements about the entire reservation business environment only perpetuate a closed, weak economy and discredit the many hard-working, honest and capable businesspeople on Crow Creek.
Krystal Langholz is executive director of Hunkpati Investments on the Crow Creek Reservation
#69 Sep 5, 2011
Part # 1. of 3.
In wake of corruption, Crow Creek soldiers on
FORT THOMPSON —
Peter Lengkeek is well aware of the problems, many self-inflicted, that have plagued the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in recent years.
By: Tom Lawrence, The Daily Republic
FORT THOMPSON — Peter Lengkeek is well aware of the problems, many self-inflicted, that have plagued the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in recent years.
Financial improprieties in tribal government.
Shoddy, almost nonexistent record keeping, with hundreds of thousands of dollars missing.
Federal funding for programs discontinued because of the fiscal mess and a huge tax bill.
Massive unemployment, hovering around 90 percent.
Widespread drinking and drug use among tribal members.
There were other issues to address, Lengkeek learned when he took office in 2010 on the tribal council. There are about 3,000 total members of the tribe, and about half live on the central South Dakota reservation.
The tribe’s casino was poorly operated, with money missing and numerous machines out of order. It’s only breaking even now, and providing some jobs in the small Buffalo County town of Fort Thompson.
But Lengkeek said he remains optimistic that better days are ahead, and is trying to prove that to his own people as well as other South Dakotans.
New business has been developed and more will follow, he said. Seed money and training will be provided to tribal members who want to open new businesses.
Efforts to develop wind power are under way. Lengkeek said the tribe needs to develop its natural resources. There are 190,000 tribally owned acres and many are rich in game.
There are now two guide services, fishing and hunting companies that were started with tribal seed money.
There is one motel in Fort Thompson, and it fills up during the hunting season. It also provides jobs in a town where they are scarce.
The Lode Star casino was opened in an effort to provide jobs and revenue for the tribe. But Lengkeek and fellow council member Eric Big Eagle said when they came into office, the casino was a disaster.
“It was a mess,” Big Eagle said.“No reason to pull punches here.”
It was stocked with old machines, and an entire bank of machines didn’t work. Of the 250 machines the tribe is allowed under its compact with the state, 186 were playable, he said.
That has been changed and the tribe would welcome more machines, the councilmen said. The casino also offers blackjack, poker and threecard poker and has about 95 employees.
The longstanding problems on Crow Creek are symptoms of core issues that have afflicted the tribe in recent years and came to a head in a highly publicized trial this summer.
Duane Big Eagle, the powerful chairman of the tribe and Eric’s father, was convicted Aug. 4 of bribery and conspiracy for his role in arranging contracts to build a tribal school. Several other tribal officials also were caught up in the scandal and were convicted earlier. Big Eagle’s sentencing is set for Oct. 24.
Big Eagle, 61, was the tribe’s chairman for 13 of the past 19 years and exercised a great deal of authority over the tribe, its government and the town of Fort Thompson.
#70 Sep 5, 2011
Part #2 of 3.
Lengkeek is especially knowledgeable of the tribe’s problems, since he’s one of a new generation of leaders pledging to clean up the mess, end the corruption and bolster the economy on the reservation.
He’s in his first term on the tribal council and also serves as tribal treasurer. He said he was stunned by what he learned when he took office.
“I saw the mess that was left here. It seemed hopeless,” Lengkeek said.“It seemed like a mountain that couldn’t be climbed.”
But he said that mountain is being scaled and the tribal troubles can and will be solved.
A Minnesota accounting firm has been hired to go through records to try to untangle the fiscal mess. In the future, any and all records will be posted online and anyone who wants to see them can come to the tribal office and demand to see them, Lengkeek said.
There are other signs of progress, too.
Lengkeek said a tribal program targets youth suicide, which has been a major problem. A rash of suicides, many involving young mothers, occurred last winter, he said, but a united community effort has been mounted to halt the deadly trend.
The local 12 and younger baseball team, the Native Yankees, won a state title this summer despite scrutiny from tournament officials on players’ ages, which dimmed the good feeling about the title and is a very raw point for many local residents, who feel the kids were unfairly targeted due to their race.
An artists’ program has been started at the local school. Famed South Dakota artist Oscar Howe is a wellknown member of the tribe, and Lengkeek and other tribal leaders said they would love to see another talented, creative person emerge from their ranks.
“The tribe formed a nonprofit to promote and encourage our young artists in our schools,” Lengkeek said.
A California artist with ties to the tribe allowed four kids to come learn from him, Lengkeek said. A calendar with artwork on it, greeting cards and mugs and glasses with the students’ artwork have been created.
And most significantly, a gleaming new K-12 school is being built at Stephan. It is scheduled to open in early 2012. Several tribal members are working at the jobsite.
Lengkeek knows the image the tribe carries is one of corruption and mismanagement. While he said the positives on the reservation have unfairly been diminished, he also admits the problems were real and long-term.
Lengkeek said money was blatantly stolen by tribal officials and employees, and other laws were violated.
“I’d say about everything you could imagine,” he said.“They were just selfish people. Long ago, our people were never liked that. Our ancestors were highly adaptable and resourceful. There was no room for laziness and selfishness and things like that.”
Chairman Big Eagle wasn’t the only person with his hand in the till.
Former officials, including Vice Chairman Randy Shields, Treasurer Norman Thompson Sr. and Secretary Thomas Thompson Sr., admitted guilt in a bribery, corruption and retaliation scheme. Archie B. Baumann pleaded guilty to bribing tribal leaders.
Former Crow Creek School Superintendent Scott Raue was also part of the corrupt pool at Crow Creek and is in federal prison.
The new school, which will replace one that burned down, opened the doors for widespread corruption as Crow Creek leaders installed a “pay-to-play” system that involved bribes and kickbacks.
Two tribal politicians, Brandon Sazue and Lester Thompson Jr., helped uncover the corruption and send the crooked leaders to prison.
The attention to the scandals has tribal members sensitive. They said while they have had to clean their dirty laundry in public, people are ignoring the progress that is being made.
#71 Sep 5, 2011
Part #3 of 5.
Krystal Langholz, the director of Hunkpati Investments on the reservation, wrote a guest column that was published in The Daily Republic last week.
Langholz said while it’s true there were grave problems in tribal government, some parts of it, such as the Crow Creek Housing Authority and Head Start, work well and were largely untouched by scandal.
She said private business growth is happening at a greater rate than has been seen in the past.
“There is an unprecedented amount of entrepreneurship on Crow Creek — Shelby’s Convenience Store, Bad Nation Barber and Beauty Salon, MGF Roofing, Hawk’s Tire — the list goes on,” Langholz wrote.“Most recently I have seen Dion’s Bait and Tackle, located in the heart of Fort Thompson, celebrate a grand opening and then get flooded out, only to go ahead and open yet again.”
The South Dakota Indian Business Alliance, which allows public and private entities to work together to bolster economic development, is another way Indians can create a stronger economic future, she said.
A tribally owned construction company will soon be in operation, Lengkeek said.
It will have access to $2 million in bonding, and several tribal members are trained construction workers and are prepared to build anything they get a chance to, he said.
“We’re ready to jump into the bid process,” Big Eagle said.
Entrepreneurial classes and financial classes are offered and start-up loans and grants made available.
“The people who took advantage of the opportunities, they’re up and running,” Lengkeek said.“It’s good to see those local businesses start up.”
Currently, seven cents out of every $1 spent on the reservation stays on the reservation, he said. They hope to raise that considerably.
Two state highways, 34 and 47, cross in Fort Thompson and a bridge over the Missouri is nearby. Those are also assets, Big Eagle said.
Lengkeek led an effort to hire a Minneapolis CPA firm that has worked for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, a Minnesota-based tribe that owns two very successful casinos.
Last year, the Internal Revenue Service grew weary of the Crow Creek Tribe’s multimillion-dollar tax debt. It placed 7,000 acres of tribal land on the block.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community extended a $2.7 million loan and $1 million grant to the Crow Creek Tribe, and this spring, the land was once again the property of the tribe.
Lengkeek said Shakopee Chairman Stanley Crooks has been a great help to him and the Crow Creek Reservation.
“I told him I needed some help here to get it straightened out, because it was an unbelievable mess,” Lengkeek said.“He’s a man who has a huge heart and he’s working to strengthen Indian Country.”
On Wednesday, three auditors were hard at work in an office at tribal headquarters, their heads bowed as they examined tribal records.
#72 Sep 5, 2011
Part #4 of 5.
Wilfred Keeble is the chairman of the tribe since Big Eagle was forced from office. Keeble, 52, said his mission is to restore trust.
“All we’re trying to do is get our financial system back in order to be where it’s going to be a benefit,” he said.
Keeble said he didn’t spend much time thinking about what happened with Big Eagle and other tribal officials ensnared in the legal process.
“The judicial system will handle it,” Keeble said.
He said he thanks Thompson and Sazue for their efforts to clean up corruption in the tribe. Other South Dakota tribes have told him they admire what the Crow Creek Tribe is trying to do, Keeble said.
He is a soft-spoken, modest man who doesn’t relish speaking with the media. He said he spent some time in the Crow Creek Reservation as a young man, then moved around a lot.
“Wanderer … kind of a wanderer,” Keeble said when asked about his life before he came home to the reservation.
He said he didn’t know how to respond to statements by tribal members who said they trusted him to do the right thing.
“We’re trying,” Keeble said.“We are going to try to do what
He declined to comment when asked if he will seek a full term as chairman in the spring 2012 election, nor did he want to disclose his thoughts on the proposed changes to the tribal constitution.
‘Things can get better’
While tribal leaders promise change, some tribal members are uncertain it will take hold.
One tribal member with access to information on how the tribal government operates spoke of closed-door meetings and shadowy payments that seem questionable.
The Fort Thompson resident, who asked to not be identified, said trained and qualified staffers must be retained to ensure grant dollars are not misapplied and money spent illegally.
“Things can get better,” the tribal member said.
Donita Loudner is a Buffalo County commissioner who also works on the tribe’s suicide prevention task force. Loudner said the drumbeat of corruption is old news to her; she’s heard it for more than a decade.
“I think it’s getting a lot better,” she said.
She said Keeble has attended meetings on the suicide prevention effort, which was rare for previous leaders. The task force seeks to empower young people to recognize the patterns of someone contemplating suicide and help deter them or alert someone who can help.
Loudner said in the past, when important issues like suicide were discussed, the complaints and questions fell on deaf ears. She hopes that is changing.
But Loudner said elections need to be decided by who’s qualified and capable of leading. Right now, it’s a popularity contest.
Several tribal members echoed that statement. They said council candidates court large families, since they can swing an election.
Loudner said tribal residents were aware of the corruption. No one listened to their concerns, she said.
She said there is one answer to how tribal offices must be administered.
“Well, treat it like a business,” Loudner said.“Put people in there that know what they’re doing.”
#73 Sep 5, 2011
Part #5 of 6.
Dwayne Two Hawks, 56, and his son Milo Smith, 24, were sitting in front of their home Wednesday afternoon. Two Hawks is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, while Smith is an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Tribe.
Both men said they knew money was being stolen from the tribe. They see the dirty, broken-down streets, the lack of job opportunities and the depressed conditions in Fort Thompson.
“I don’t know if they’ll change,” Two Hawks said.“They’ve got to get new people in there.”
He said the corruption was easy to explain.“It’s really simple: Greed,” Two Hawks said.“It’s the same everywhere.”
He said while the problem was evident in the tribal government, the people of Crow Creek must take responsibility as well.
“I think in order for things to change, people have to change themselves,” Two Hawks said, pointing to widespread alcohol and drug use as well as “negative behavior.” Smith may be young but he seems very pessimistic.
“Every year, every change, every council — they’re all the same,” he said.“Nothing ever changes … it’s all the same.” Allen Milk lived on the reservation for a time when he was young and returned to it last year. He was offered a job with the tribe and is now the accounts payable officer.
Milk was cutting checks for tribal members Wednesday. He said people have grown used to a system of seeking money and favors from their leaders and that helped foster the corruption.
He said it reminds him of Indian leaders who were put in place by the American government in the 19th century. They gained their influence by handing out gifts and favors.
“To me, it’s just an evolution of that system that was brought in then,” he said.“It gets a little difficult to change, because people grew up under the old system.”
Most of the tribe’s $2 million general fund comes from payments from land leases to tribal members and non-tribal members. Milk said there are other avenues to obtain money to benefit the tribe and he feels reforming the constitution will aid that.
The proposed changes would, among other things, make it easier to remove tribal officials charged with crimes including theft.
‘I’m my man’
While Duane Big Eagle still casts a long shadow over the tribe he led, another politician with that last name is vowing to help clean up the mess.
Eric Big Eagle, Duane’s son, is in his first term on the tribal council.
“I think the painful things are past,” he said.“That’s something that’s killing us, the way things used to be done. I think people are ready for change. Look at this last election, there was a lot of first-timers (elected).”
He said his father is sorry for the fiscal problems but not ready to admit his guilt.
“He won’t say what he did was wrong,” Eric Big Eagle said.
He knows some people see his last name and feel he will just be another tribal boss who enriches himself without doing the right things for his people.
“There’s that. He’s his man, I’m my man,” Eric said.“I’ve got decisions to make, a term to finish. And I am running for another term.”
#74 Sep 5, 2011
Part #6 of 6
When a new council member takes office, all too often existing plans are discarded and new goals are set, he said.
“Even though they could have picked up on what the prior councilman was doing and we’d be better off now,” Eric Big Eagle said.“People, they have a hard time working together a lot of the times.”
But he said proving to people that widespread corruption is a thing of the past will help change things for the better. Big Eagle and Lengkeek, both 38 and friends since they were boys, said they need to convince people a new day is dawning.
“This money, it doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to the people of this reservation,” Lengkeek said.“They have a right to see where it is and where it goes.”
Not all the improvement projects have worked.
The tribe signed a tax collection agreement with the state of South Dakota that would allow the state to collect sales, use, contractors’ excise tax, motor fuel tax, cigarette tax and a host of other taxes.
It was launched in June and local residents were surprised and angered, Lengkeek and Big Eagle admit.
They said not enough publicity was done to advise people of the change, so when gas prices increased 22 cents a gallon, and other prices jumped, the outrage fueled rumors of the loss of sovereignty.
“We dropped the ball on that, no doubt,” Lengkeek said.
The tribe receives 90 percent of the taxes collected, while the state gets the remaining 10 percent, plus 1 percent of the tribe’s total. But the tax, which will end next week, would have brought up to $500,000 into the tribal coffers.
It may be tried again, Lengkeek and Big Eagle said, but if so, tribal employees will do all the work.
Lengkeek said he wants to prove to tribal members and others that it is a new day at Crow Creek.
“The proof is in the audits we do,” he said.“The proof is in the work we do. The proof is in the federal funds and programs we are involved with again.”
Eric Big Eagle almost moved to Pierre years ago but he’s glad he stayed in a place where he knows most everyone and can hunt, fish and enjoy a relaxed way of life.
“I’m not stuck in Fort Thompson,” he said.“I can make it anywhere. This is where I want to be.”
Lengkeek, who spoke with Gov. Dennis Daugaard when he visited the tribe this summer, said he hopes the tribe becomes self-sufficient, with abundant new businesses and no government assistance.
He left when he joined the Marines, but found he missed Crow Creek and returned to the reservation.
“I had a deep calling to come back here,” Lengkeek said.“This is our people. This is our homeland. I can’t leave them behind. I’d like to see it improve here.”
Crow Creek tribal Councilman Eric Big Eagle, left, and Treasurer Peter Lengkeek talk about the progress of the tribe in Lengkeek’s office; and construction on Crow Creeks new K-12 school continues in Stephan.
#75 Sep 6, 2011
....Eric Big Eagle almost moved to Pierre years ago but he’s glad he stayed in a place where he knows most everyone and can hunt, fish and enjoy a relaxed way of life.
“I’m not stuck in Fort Thompson,” he said.“I can make it anywhere. This is where I want to be.”....
Eric, who are you trying to kid? You're here because life has been easy for you as a priviledged son of one of the biggest crooks who ever sat on tribal council. You saw how easy it was for your dad to fool the people and now you want in on the easy money. Why don't you try working for the people and spend some time finding ways to improve the reservation. Put in 8 hours at your office each day. Get a clue and find some solutions to our problems instead of just sitting on the council for one hour per month. What have you ever done that qualifies you to lead? At least we can see what Peter and Wilfred are trying to do. The reason you won't move to Pierre is because you would have to work at some kind of job in order to live. But here, all you have to do is snow the people every two years and get elected mainly because you carry the name of Big Eagle which your dad has fully disgraced. You benifited from all the money Duane stole and you grew up priviledged. Now you expect us to keep treating you like you are "special". Start earning your $50,000 salery or get out of the way so someone else can try.
#76 Sep 7, 2011
"Lengkeek, who spoke with Gov. Dennis Daugaard when he visited the tribe this summer, said he hopes the tribe becomes self-sufficient, with abundant new businesses and no government assistance."
Self-sufficient and "No Government Assistance"
Without Government Assistance?.
What an extraordinary goal.
The South Dakota Governors Office is watching,
I'm sure the South Dakota Senator's Office is watching,
The FBI and the IRS are watching,
Including other tribes, as well as our Dakota Relative tribes in Minnesota.
All eyes are on Crow Creek, as if, crow creek would be the example for all other reservations.
I'm hope they will All continue to show their support in the years to come.
one can bet, our ancestors and our recently departed relatives are watching it all as well.
now we can all see what requesting other's for a little more help can do for the people.(wa-ste) good.
asking for help really can help.
( A Minnesota accounting firm has been hired to go through records to try to untangle the fiscal mess. In the future, any and all records will be posted online
and anyone who wants to see them can come to the tribal office and demand to see them, Lengkeek said.)
He said,,,, " any and all records will be posted on line ".
Q: Does this mean the Crow Creek tribe will soon have their very own tribal internet web site?.
a little 'seed funds' can carry us all into the bright future ahead.
Isn't That something we have all been waiting to see our leaders, collectively, lead us into....
Mrs. Donita Loudner is right,
" Loudner said elections need to be decided by who's qualified and capable of leading "
"Well, treat it like a business," Loudner said. "Put people in there that know what they're doing."
put in people that will place the 'Peoples' welfare and interests above the priorities of relatives, favors, kick backs and bribes.
but, these are common 'running for office' statements used by all politicians,
Punishment for Greedy tribal leaders should be harsher than just a few simple years in prison.
10 to 15 years automatically, and 5 years, for turning over a new feather.
The article mentioned the Tribal Constitution and Bylaws,
"The proposed changes would, among other things, make it easier to remove tribal officials charged with crimes including theft. "
( Make it easier?. That’s going to be something to see )
All in all, history is being made here, with all these great changes suddenly happening within our tribe, with the current tribal leaders co-signing a New Beginning for the people,
I can only hope some of these same council members, tribal leader, would be given a few more years in office for all the good positive changes they have brought in for the people.
providing they are 'qualified, capable of leading and that they know what they are doing', in There, In Office.
The reservation and everything given to the tribe, belongs to the people, including 'sovereignty'.
We got All This from our Newly created American Christian Government for simply being Naturally blessed with our Indigenous, Native Blood.
Remember what we can, Preserve what we can, and, Honor what we can,
as we move forward.
#77 Sep 11, 2011
Central Dakota Times (Brule and Buffalo Counties Court Report - Aug 18 thru Aug 31).
Duane Dale Big Eagle of FT PIERRE, Failure To Use Child Passenger Restraint System, Guilty. Fined $25.00.
1) Duane must still think the laws are not meant for him but only for the "little people".
2) A tribal chairman who didn't even have his permanent address as Fort Thompson, but must have a residence in Ft. Pierre in order to have it on his driver's license. Was "White Boy" ashamed to be associated with Indians?(It's what we all knew, that he had a home in Ft. Pierre). And Eric Big Eagle knew he had a home in Fort Pierre but said nothing. Eric apparently cannot be trusted to tell us tribal members the truth.
3) I'm surprised the Central Dakota Times even printed this article since Billy Ruiz and Debby are such a good friend to Duane Big Eagle. Has anyone noticed that the C-D-T, Pierre Reminder and Chamberlain "Sun" did not print even one mention of Duane's thieft and bribery scandel. It's because these news sources allow crooks like Big Eagle and others to run free with no light to shine on their corruption that crooks like Duane can do what they do. When will the Crow Creek Reservation get a newspaper or web site to tell the truth about what's going on?
#78 Sep 12, 2011
Just when our tribal council declared transparency,'on Line', to the Nation.
Mr. Erick Big Eagle, also stated.
"When a new council member takes office, all too often existing plans are discarded and new goals are set, he said."...
I noticed he didn't give reasons as to 'who', and,'why' council members have been changing their promised running plans to the people who voted them in.
Many tribal leaders in the past elections have all told of ending tribal corruptions.
None, were able to succeed (?, until 'off the reservation' help arrived.
What Laws will be changed, to make it easier for us to help ourselves, the next time this happens?.
I hope Mr. Erick Big Eagle's statement doesn't effect the existing investigation.
nor, the tribal plans for the 'New Beginning'.
Erick mentioned a powerful statement that has been easily used in the past.
One, the people may want to ponder on before they vote for our 'new leaders' in the next elections.
('every two years').
#79 Sep 13, 2011
Tribal 'seed' funds,(?, could be used to start a tribal internet web site?.
a transparent government, the New Beginnings for our tribe.
we can check in for daily updates, the same as we're all doing here,
Business-wise, People and Art Students can sell their art work on the internet without leaving the reservation or their own homes,
we can request tax write-off computers for some.
we can share Songs, videos, Information, stories - Traditional and Contemporary, ask questions, share ideas and teachings - Traditional and Contemporary.
There is so much information on the internet,
a library at our fingertips.
An Indigenous Mind really is a terrible thing to waste.
All other tribes have Tribal Internet Websites, except for the Crow Creek Reservation.
Why is that?, no seed funds?,...(secrecy?)...
We can't have a transparent tribal government without an internet tribal website.
Council member Peter Lengkeek stated the information will be posted 'on line',
he failed to mention, on 'whose' web site it will be posted on.
'Where' the information will be posted.
Wouldn't it be nice to see our Tribal Information posted on It's own Official Tribal website.
It will go well with our new image?.
An idea relating to the tribal council's publicly offered 'seed funds' to start new business's on the reservation.
a Business of supplying tribal Information,
It could be vital to our outside world.( the hidden link.
to help sell Students Art Works ----> 'On Line'.
#80 Sep 14, 2011
Seems to be a trend in Indian Country for tribal politicians/chairmen.
Crime & Courts
Posted: Sep 13, 2011 4:44 PM by Heath Heggem (Great Falls)
Former Chippewa Cree Tribal Chairman Raymond Parker, Jr., has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for credit card fraud.
Parker, 56, admitted to using a tribal credit card for unauthorized purchases.
From May 2009 until November 2010, Parker charged nearly $60,000 on restaurants, hotels, gas and cash advances.
The money was spent in Montana as well as places like Las Vegas, Reno and Spokane.
In addition to prison time, Parker will also be responsible to pay back the entire amount spent.
#82 Sep 28, 2011
Someone has a website called " crowcreekconnections.org " which has REAL possibilities. But the main thing about it is still not there. It has a place for "Tribal Government" news but there is never anything there except for once they did a little vote getting by signing their (councilmen)names to a tribal holiday notice and "no work for all tribal employees". Is this going to be a "censored" website or are they going to use it for the right purposes? The least they could do is post the minutes for every council meeting. Then we could begin to see what they do for us people. Let's have some real transparency in our government and not just "fluff".
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