SWO Chairmans Report for June 2021
Last updated 6/10/2021 at 11:44am
June 9, 2021
Monthly SWO Tribal Chairman’s Update
Hau mitakuyapi, hello my relatives.
I’ve done quite a bit of traveling in the past month.
On May 4th and 5th, I attended a Native American History Working Session on SB #2304 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck along with SWO Councilmen Louis Johnson and Curtis Bissonette. The passage of SB #2304 was historic and important. Because of this education bill, the Native American history of North Dakota’s Five Tribes, including the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, will become part of North Dakota K-12 public school curriculum.
I also attended the United Tribes Technical College Board meeting and the United Tribes Gaming Association meeting on May 7th.
Last week I traveled to Billings, Montana to represent SWO leadership at the Northwest Intertribal Propane Association meeting, along with the manager of SWO Fuel Inc., James Bird.
This past month, the Planning Department completed the Tribe’s official “request for funds” through the Treasury Submission Portal. There will be two payments made to the Tribe. In mid-June, the Treasury will let us know the amount of our first payment.
In May, a white buffalo calf was born among our relatives on the Crow Creek Reservation. As you know, this is a special event. The birth of a white buffalo calf is significant because it is a foretelling. We are living in prophetic times. We must unite to care for Mother Earth and follow our ancestral instructions.
Speaking of protecting Mother Earth, today it was announced that TC Energy, formerly Transcanada, has terminated the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. I congratulate everyone who worked toward this goal. The SWO has experience with the oil giant. As you may remember, back in 2017, the first Keystone pipeline spilled about half a million gallons of oil next to the Lake Traverse Reservation. The Oceti Sakowin west river were rightly concerned about the safety of the Keystone XL pipeline as well as the man camps its construction would bring.
I’m proud to share that in 2021, our Annual 4th of July Wacipi will be held for three days, as usual. It will be a great time to fellowship with family and friends. The posters are out now.
Summer is here and so are the warm temps. Please take care of each other, stay cool and keep an eye on elders, little ones, and pets during this heat wave.
I wish you well. This is all I have to say for now.
Mitakuye Oyasin, Hupahumaza