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Tribe Settlement

Four tribes in the Dakotas have recently received more than $100 million through settlements with the federal government.
The money is for claims that the government mismanaged tribal money and trust lands. The federal government is paying more than $1 billion to dozens of tribes across the country.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and South Dakota is getting $49 million. In South Dakota, the Rosebud Sioux are getting $20 million, the Lower Brule Sioux $18 million and the Crow Creek Sioux $14.5 million.
The settlements are separate from a trust funds lawsuit involving individual members of tribes across the country.


Deer Hunt

So far in the 2012 Firearm Rifle Deer Season, there have been 136 mule bucks and 21 does checked at the Sandhills unit, with 271 whitetail bucks and 78 does.  At the Keya Paha Unit, there were 44 mule bucks and 3 does, plus 120 whitetail bucks and 38 does.  At the Calamus West Unit, 9 mule bucks, 1 does, plus 21 whitetail bucks and 3 does.  Lots of permits are still available in all three areas.


Holiday Preview a Success.

The Valentine Chamber of Commerce sponsored the annual Holiday Preview in Valentine this past Sunday afternoon. Great weather greeted those who ventured out to the see what the Valentine merchants were going to offer for Christmas shopping this year. Tonya Kaup won the $500 in Chamber Bucks given away by the Chamber of Commerce during the event.

Thanksgiving vacation is fast approaching for area students. Valentine Elementary School will dismiss classes at 11:45 this Wednesday. Valentine Middle and High Schools will dismiss Wednesday at noon. There will be no lunch served that day in the Valentine Community Schools.

Cody- Kilgore Schools will have a full day of classes on Wednesday and then dismiss for vacation, taking Thursday and Friday off. Classes resume on Monday at normal time.


Salvation Army Bell-ringers Needed

Make this holiday season worth remembering by volunteering to help with the Salvatiaon Army's bell ringing.  You can make the difference between no Christmas at all and a Merry Christmas for some.  Whether you have just a little time or a lot of time to spare, they need you.  Help them to help others this holiday season.  Call Jessica Bowser at 402-322-0393 today and schedule a time to volunteer and ring the bell.

If you've ever wondered what happens to the money you drop into the Salvation Army kettles, rest assured your donation actually stays right here in Valentine providing meals, necessities and assistance to your less fortunate neighbors, so make a donation today, and/or schedule a time to ring the bell.  Every donation of money and time is greatly appreciated.



Deer and Hunter Numbers Down

According to the numbers, it appears that not only are deer populations down in North Central Nebraska, but so are deer hunter numbers. According to the Nebraska Game and Parks deer check-in station at the Valentine State Fish Hatchery, check-in numbers are running lower than previous years. As of Monday evening, there were 365 deer checked in. This compares to 454 at the end of the day on Monday of last season. Reports to KVSH indicate that there were greater deer losses to disease to the east of our area although there were significant losses in the immediate area as well. There were also several hundred licenses that were not sold according to the game and parks web page. In the Sandhills unit, there were 427 left as of this morning. In the Keya Paha unit there were 362 licenses left of the 2300 to be issued. Calamus West unit also had 319 licenses left at this time. Loss of hunters means an economic loss for motels, restaurants, gas stations and other retail stores in the area. The hunting season continues through next Sunday evening.


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