RST Council votes to remove Tribal President Cyril ‘Whitey’ Scott

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After weeks of postponements and court delays, RST Tribal Chairman, Cyril ‘Whitey’ Scott faced a second ethics hearing during an April 14, Tribal Council meeting brought by Antelope, Councilman, Calvin, ‘Hawkeye’ Waln.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Tribal Council voted 16-0 to remove Scott from office and banned him from ever running for or holding a Tribal office.

In a memo from the Secretaries Office in Rosebud, dated April 14, 2015:

Motion by Lila Kills In Sight that after providing notice and giving Cyril Scott the opportunity to reply to the ethics complaint filed by Calvin Waln, Trbal Council makes the finding that counts 1 and 3-5 are considered neglect of duty and gross misconduct, further the described conduct violates Sections F, K, L and M of Ordinance 86-04. Hence, Cyris Scott is hereby removed as President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe effective immediately, Cyril Scott is hereby disqualified from again seeking tribal office. Second by Kathy Wooden Knife, questioned by Arnetta Brave. The vote was 16 in favor, 0 – opposed and 0 not voting.  

The Council at their next meeting will select someone within the Council, 45 years of age or older, to fill the Vice-Chairman’s vacancy. Mr. Willie Kindle, Vice Chairman, will fulfill the remainder of the Chair until the election in August. 

While the removal/ban appears to be binding, a story on Scott came out via the Associated Press painting a different picture and challenging the removal.

“They needed to get me out of the way so they could go forward with all these illegal activities and expenditures,” Scott said.

Scott’s attorney, Gary Montana told reporters Thursday that he and Scott are appealing the decision to the Rosebud Sioux tribal court system. Montana’s claim the removal by council violated the constitution of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Parmelee Fire Dept. Has Truck Donated

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The Parmelee Volunteer Fire Department received a nice gift, a 1982 Ford C8000 Fire Truck, donated by a landscaping business in Colorado.

Mission area native Bill Donohue who lives in Colorado asked the landscaping business that he knew if they would be interested in donating the truck as they were not using it any more. They agreed and Donohue drove the truck out and presented it to the Parmelee Fire Department.

The truck will pump 1,000 gallons of water a minute.

The firemen commented they hope they only need to use if for parades and don’t have to respond to fires.

Mission Fire Department responds to structure fire

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The Mission Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a possible structure fire north of the Boys and Girls Club in Mission. Initial reports indicated that an explosion had occurred and that it was possibly occupied. Range 3, Rescue 1, Range 2, and Range 4 responded. 

Heavy smoke and fire were observed on approach. Keith Lavery made sure that the houses close by were evacuated and requested BIA to respond for water and wildland protection. 

Once into the incident, extra help was needed and Clyde Clairmont requested assistance from White River. The major concern was multiple trailer houses in close proximity as well as close to seven vehicles within 20 feet. 

Other than some relatively minor heat damage to some of the vehicles, the fire was contained to the structure. The center trailer home close to the fire was getting the most heat and started to steam/smoke on the South end but received little to no damage. The power pole was in close proximity to the fire and started on fire as well. 

Care was taken to try and reduce heat exposure to the overhead lines to reduce the chance of them burning through and falling. Due to Pumper 1 being out of service, we were not able to pull a hydrant which caused us to have to run trucks back and forth to the hydrant at 1st and N Taft. 

Once the firefighters had the fire contained they used a winch to pull the roof off of the main structure and then the K12 was used to cut the roof to get to the remaining hotspots. 

White River brought two type 6 trucks and Wood brought their tender. BIA sent two Type 6 trucks as well from their Strike Team.

King Matt , Queen Oskatewin

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Todd County High School held their prom April 11 and crowned the 2015 royalty.

Pictured, From left are King Matt Dunham and Queen Oskatewin One Star; Prince Ty Herman and Princess Allison Cox. 

 Photo by Kernit Grimshaw

Leon Bad Hand named to Class A, All-State Boys Basketball Team

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By Rich Winter

When news came out last week that St. Francis Indian School senior, Leon Bad Hand had been named to the South Dakota Class A, All State, 3rd team for basketball, everyone at St. Francis Indian School and every resident of the town of Spring Creek stood just a little taller.

You see, these kinds of honors don’t come along very often.

The last time a St. Francis basketball player was named to an All-State basketball team was 1983. Thirty-two years ago, Leon Bad Hand’s uncle, Alphonso Bad Hand, received a similar honor.

“It was great watching Leon become the player that he has become this season, which of course was accomplished on his own, by playing as much basketball as possible (open gyms, tournaments,etc.) which would help anyone who does it,” Rich Crow Eagle, St. Francis Indian School coach said. “Can’t say enough about what Leon brought to the table being that leader in practice, the classroom etc. His work ethic has rubbed off on the program and we are grateful,” Crow Eagle said.

Leon Had Hand, a 6-foot-2 senior, was the leading rebounder in Class A this season with 12.5 rebounds per game. In addition, Bad Hand handled the scoring load for St. Francis Indian School, pouring in 21.5 points per game.

Crow Eagle points to a number of good players that Leon grew up playing with that helped paved the way for this award.

“We have had some good teams here in the past with kids that put up the numbers, so it’s really special for Leon to receive this honor,” Rich Crow Eagle, St. Francis coach said.

Some of those good basketball players coming through St. Francis included J.J. Arcoren, James Henry, one of the leading scorers in Class A in 2012/2013, and Charles Broken Leg, the leading rebounder in Class A in 2013/2014.

The All-Atate teams are chosen by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association and the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.

Here are the Class A, All-State teams:

The first team consists of Ty Hoglund of Dell Rapids, Brayden McNeary of Aberdeen Roncalli, Tyson Jenkins of Clark/Willow Lake, Noah Vettrus of West Central, Jacob Hinker of Lennox and Brendan Harter of Winner.

Second team honors went to senior Nate Brown Bull of Little Wound, junior Collin Kramer of Sioux Valley, senior Zane Schumaker of Dell Rapids, junior Chad Barkema of Sioux Falls Christian, senior Creighton LeBeau of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte and senior Beau Keeter of Miller.

The third team consists of senior Cody Renken of Mt. Vernon/Plankinton, sophomore Seth Friesz of Chamberlain, senior E.J. Drake of Hamlin, senior Derek Soukup of Wagner, senior Leon Bad Hand of St. Francis and senior Will Gottlob of McCook Central/Montrose.

Plenty of familiar faces on the South Dakota, All-State teams.

Little Wound’s 7-foot-1 center Nate Brown Bull was named to the 2nd team, as was Cheyenne Eagle-Butte’s Creighton LeBeau.

Winner’s Brendan Harter was named to the first-team.

Crow Eagle points to a terrific year for area basketball teams, and in particular, basketball products that originated from Todd County.

“How good is the county of Todd having three guys representing two classes being on the all-state teams,” Crow Eagle said. Justin Prue, a 1st teamer, Justin folkers a 2nd teamer (both living in Mission) of class B White River, and Leon a 3rd teamer for class A (out of the community of Spring Creek),” Crow Eagle said.

County Commissioner’s institute ‘No Burn’ plan for Todd County

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By Rich Winter 

It’s no secret that Mother Nature has not been kind to south central South Dakota over the winter and now the first month of spring. With precipitation scarce to non-existent, the Todd County Commissioners took matters into their own hands during the regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 1, when they issues a no-burn warning for a very dry Todd County.

County Commissioner, Greg Grimshaw said the lack of moisture and the red alerts being issues for Todd County were instrumental in the Commissioner’s decision.

“It’s hard not to notice all of the fires we’ve had recently,” Grimshaw said. “We keep seeing the red alerts for the area and thought it would be best to implement the no- burn clause very early this year.”

Grimshaw hopes that residents of Todd County will pay attention to the no-burn clause and stay away from burning trash, tree limbs and being exceptionally careful with camp fires and any open flame.

While recent moisture helped, Grimshaw keeps tabs on the drought, and the resulting red alert warnings by visiting with Todd County, Emergency Preparedness Manager, Kara Walkling.

Those red alert areas pop up on any credible weather site, and look like this, a current red alert issued for Todd County on April 14. - Fire Weather Watch in effect from April 14, 01:00 PM CDT until April 14, 09:00 PM CDT

Unless the county of Todd receives significant moisture in the next few months, summer fireworks will not be allowed in Todd County this summer.

“We already put a ban on fireworks because we wanted people to know about it so they don’t spend a bunch of money on fireworks that they won’t be able to sell or light unless conditions improve dramatically.”

Of course, the no-burn clause could be removed if conditions improve.

The County Commissioners next meeting is Wednesday, April 15, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Neal Larson honored for 70 years of American Legion membership

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By Tim Huether

Lifelong Todd County resident Neal Larson was honored Easter Sunday and presented with a certificate for 70 continuous years of membership in the American Legion, all with American Legion Post 287 in Mission.

The certificate presented to Larson commended him for his consistent loyalty to the American Legion and being an outstanding contributor to the programs of the American Legion and came from the National Commander, Michael D. Helm. 

After graduating from Todd County High School in 1940, Larson attended college in Springfield, S.D. for one year. The next year, he returned to Mission and started teaching and Hay Stack Buttes School, in Sept. of 1940. He soon received his draft notice and after just one month of teaching, was sent to Fort Crook in Omaha, Neb.

Larson stayed in the states until 1944 and went to the West Pacific and was a member of the 97th Infantry Division with heavy artillery. He went to Czechoslovakia and was discharged in 1945.

He returned to Mission to ranch with his wife Gertrude and they live on that same ranch, four miles east of Mission, which is now run by his son John.

Presenting Neal with his certificate was Post 287 Commander Loren Buettner of Mission. Buettner said the Mission Post was established in 1948 and in 1966 had 45 members. Today, the  membership is down to 15.