$6.5M grant to help build tribal vete...

$6.5M grant to help build tribal veteran's cemetery on Pine Ridge

There are 8 comments on the Argus Leader story from Sep 25, 2012, titled $6.5M grant to help build tribal veteran's cemetery on Pine Ridge. In it, Argus Leader reports that:

PINE RIDGE — The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the creation of a new tribal veteran’s cemetery on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with a multimillion grant, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has announced.

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adolphus bailey mounds ok

Kellyville, OK

#1 Sep 25, 2012
This is fantastic a place to bury our military Indian Veterans. This is a grand thing, our government sends so much money overseas to countrys buring our flag everyday. Finally a place for our veterans on the reservation, to me this is a great day.
Nemo

New Underwood, SD

#2 Sep 25, 2012
I think we should just throw them in the trash pile because they don't deserve it at all. That's just my opinion anyway.
adolphus bailey mounds ok

Kellyville, OK

#3 Sep 25, 2012
This is not the true opinion of the real Nemo. Nemo like myself is a veteran. Someone is trying to discredit Nemo and make him the most hated person on this forum but I have a surprise for you imposter you will having a knock at your door in a few minutes from the FCC. Hope you have a cell with the biggest blaclest dude in the jail at Rapid City.
Nemo wrote:
I think we should just throw them in the trash pile because they don't deserve it at all. That's just my opinion anyway.
Nemo

Custer, SD

#4 Sep 25, 2012
adolphus bailey mounds ok wrote:
This is not the true opinion of the real Nemo. Nemo like myself is a veteran. Someone is trying to discredit Nemo and make him the most hated person on this forum but I have a surprise for you imposter you will having a knock at your door in a few minutes from the FCC. Hope you have a cell with the biggest blaclest dude in the jail at Rapid City.<quoted text>
You and I are in full agreement on this issue. It's long overdue for a veteran's cemetery on all Reservations.

Native Americans have served with honor and the veterans are proud of their service.

They are entitled to have their own Tribal veteran's cemetery on each reservation.

I likely already was the most hated on this forum but this imposter will try to pick some fights for me that will make everyone madder at me.

I have a option that I might have to take.
adolphus bailey mounds ok

Kellyville, OK

#6 Oct 24, 2012
Hello Mr. Nemo Been a while but when you get old time does fly. I need your help on keeping track of the Tribal Veterans Cemetery because I would certainly like to come to the dedication when it is completed. It would be a great honor for me to say I was there. I know the tribe has blessed the land and ground breaking was 2nd. October. Keep me informed of the progress and Peace Brother.
Nemo

Custer, SD

#7 Oct 24, 2012
adolphus bailey mounds ok wrote:
Hello Mr. Nemo Been a while but when you get old time does fly. I need your help on keeping track of the Tribal Veterans Cemetery because I would certainly like to come to the dedication when it is completed. It would be a great honor for me to say I was there. I know the tribe has blessed the land and ground breaking was 2nd. October. Keep me informed of the progress and Peace Brother.
I will try to watch and post any updates. I believe according to the following article that construction has begun. As always there is some who weren’t consulted and will take a little time to see the benefits.

http://www.kotatv.com/story/19739069/veterans...

Veterans cemetery one step closer to reality on Pine Ridge Reservation
Posted: Oct 04, 2012 3:04 PM MDT
By PJ Randhawa, Reporter - email
They have the highest per capita service enlistment percentage in the country.
And now - finally - Native American veterans on the Pine Ridge Reservation will have their own veterans cemetery.
Many who live on Pine Ridge say it will honor those veterans who have often been overlooked in their own communities.
After serving with the marines more than two decades ago, Darrel Mesteth still remembers a cold return to life on the reservation.
"When I came back to these boundaries, I hit a wall of prejudice because I was a vet. My experiences didn't mean nothing," said Mesteth.
That's why many of the 4000 vets on Pine Ridge are happy to turn the dirt on the reservation's first veteran's cemetery.
"They can have a final resting place at home, they came and served in the United States. They can come back to rest with their families," said Steve Muro, with the Department of Veteran Affairs.
"A lot of veterans have said they're very proud we're able to provide this service to them, to do ceremonies. It's a long hardship for them to go to Sturgis," said Elizabeth Jackie Two Bulls, assistant to the Fifth member of the Oglala Sioux Tribal council.
Thanks to a six million dollar grant by the U.S. Department of veterans affairs, the cemetery will offer specialized burial services for veterans and their families.
"We will also have a committal and shelter. Native grasses planted there so we can have our ceremonies here. We don't believe in cremation but we did make allowances for families that wanted that," said Two Bulls.
Breaking ground on the 15 - acre plot took four years and many believe the process lacked input from many local veterans.

"A lot of the older vets were irate because they were not consulted and the majority who were not in that room said they weren't going to be buried here. Right now, they're going to build a cemetery with no occupants," said Mesteth.
Regardless of how it got to this point, those who served and their families, say having a place for their loved ones to rest close to home is a sign of appreciation long overdue.
Construction is expected to begin Friday, weather permitting.
The cemetery will feature 260 pre-placed crypts and 40 cremation grave sites.
adolphus bailey mounds ok

Kellyville, OK

#8 Oct 24, 2012
I thank you Mr. Nemo
Nemo

Interior, SD

#9 Nov 4, 2012
adolphus bailey mounds ok wrote:
I thank you Mr. Nemo
http://64.38.12.138/News/2012/ 007423.asp

In part it says:
On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Oglala Sioux Tribe in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs broke ground on a new tribal veterans cemetery.

Not everyone was happy with the location of the new cemetery or of the planning process leading up to the groundbreaking, however.
In a letter written to tribal President John Yellow Bird Steele by Bryan Brewer, president of the Ad Hoc Veterans Committee on the Pine Ridge Reservation and himself a candidate for the OST presidency, Brewer expressed his concern and that of other veterans from Pine Ridge that they were not consulted in any way during the planning process.

In the letter to Steele, the veterans committee originally threatened to blockade the road during the groundbreaking event. However, the committee only attended the event to show that it still opposes the location and its exclusion from the planning process.

“We didn’t show up to try and stop anything.” Brewer told NSN.“We simply wanted to be here to make our presence and opposition felt.”

The project is expected to take just under a year to complete, according to Eirik Heikes, who is the project’s manager at FourFront.

Earlier this year, Heikes estimated that the project would be completed sometime in the spring or summer of 2013.

The new cemetery will be located on 63 acres of land seven miles east of Kyle, along BIA Route #2 on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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