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MONTHLY REPORT TO TRIBAL EXECUTIVES, TRIBAL COUNCIL & THE OYATE – SEPTEMBER 2021 Submitted by Myrna Thompson, Tribal Secretary Tuesday, October 5, 2021


Last updated 10/9/2021 at 9:03pm

Greetings to Executives, Tribal Council & the Oyate of the SWO.

It has been very busy the last two months for the Elderly Resource Coordinator. It was a bit overwhelming as elders transitioned to other grocery stores from Buche’s (Dakota Crossing). The last of the elderly food gift cards for September are being mailed right now. It should be a lot sooner for October. She is only one person so every month we have to get her additional in-house volunteer help to process these cards; it’s not as simple as people might think. As the elderly population grows, so does the workload but there is a hopeful remedy coming soon. It will require this position be moved out of the Tribal Secretary’s Office to a different location and where there will be more assistance for her. A notice will be issued upon finalization of the plan.

A friendly reminder to the elders that receive your food gift cards in the mail: You must have self addressed, stamped envelopes on file with the Elderly Resource Coordinator (ERC). If you have not received your gift card for 1-2 months, you may need envelopes; the ERC usually sends a note outwith your card if it’s the last envelope. Also, should you have any concerns about anything related to your food card, please do not hesitate to reach out. There are 2,258 elders listed for the month of September.

There were 400 people that came to the TSO for various reasons for the month of September, not including Program Managers and/or Tribal Council. We logged in and responded to 247 phone calls; signed/approved 490 documents. There was one complaint received this month that is still being addressed. There were 75 scheduled meetings with Tribal Executives, Council, Program Managers and others, including the WebEx or Zoom meetings.

Attended the City Council Meeting on September 13th to request approval for a permit to open the Warming House on November 1st to April 30th. It was approved and the Warming House will be open 24/7 starting November 1st. Thank you to those that came to support this request, including Lake Traverse Councilperson.

I want to remind you all that the Tribal Secretary’s Office is open daily, and staff are available to assist you, including during noon for those wanting to do business during their lunch break. But please continue to call the office ahead of time so, if needed, we can direct you to the appropriate office if we can’t assist you and to prevent an unnecessary trip if it’s something we can handle over the phone. If you would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to do so, call: 698-8323.

“Stay Positive; Test Negative; and, Wear a Mask!”

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate


Office of the Tribal Secretary

P.O. Box 509

12554 BIA HWY 711

Agency Village, SD 57262-0509

Phone: (605) 698-3911


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