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Tribes File Suit Against SD Social Services

Two Native American tribes in South Dakota are expected to file a class action lawsuit Thursday alleging that the state's Department of Social Services has violated the Indian Child Welfare Act.

 

The federal law requires that Native American children removed from homes be placed with relatives or put in foster care with other Native American families except in unusual circumstances.

 

The Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are set to file the lawsuit in federal court in Rapid City.

 

The Department of Social Services has acknowledged a disproportionate number of Native American children are involved in the child welfare system. Officials say this is because the state receives more referrals for alleged abuse and neglect involving Native American children.

 

Nebraska Astronaut to Speak at Star Party

The Nebraska Star Party will be back at Merritt Dam August 4th through the 9th.  This year's keynote speaker will be Nebraska astronaut Clayton Anderson.  He will be at the star party on Wednesday of that week and the Valentine Chamber of Commerce will also have him speak that evening.    Again, mark those dates for this year's Nebraska Star Party just South of Valentine, August 4th through the 9th.

 

Rosebud Trash Collection

Officials say a new solid waste transfer station will improve trash collection for residents of the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in south-central South Dakota.

 

The U.S. Agriculture Department provided loans and grants for the transfer station. USDA officials joined tribal officials recently for the station's grand opening.

 

Elsie Meeks, USDA state director for Rural Development, says the transfer station will enhance the environment and cleanliness of the area.

 

Officials say a central transfer station located near where most of the area's garbage is generated will allow the tribe to minimize trips to the landfill located in the northeast corner of the reservation. They say it also will ease strain on equipment, minimize dumpster overflow and reduce illegal dumping.

 

Garbage is hauled from 20 reservation communities to the landfill.

   

Tribal Jail - Budget Cuts

A $25 million jail on the Rosebud Indian Reservation meant to provide cultural and spiritual wellness programs for tribal members charged with crimes was supposed to open earlier this year.  Instead, it sits empty, with inmates being transported to another jail on a reservation nearly three hours away.  Officials say the facility is a casualty of automatic spending cuts that have left the Rosebud Sioux Tribe without enough money to pay for the necessary staffing and utilities.  The 67,500 square foot Rosebud Sioux Tribe Adult Correctional Facility was unveiled during a ceremony with state and tribal leaders January 17th.  It was expected to house up to 160 male and female inmates with an annual operating budget of $5 million.  Instead, because of the automatic cuts caused by Congress and President Barack Obama failing to reach an agreement on how to reduce the deficit, it's operating on a budget of $840,000.

 

Keep Personal Information Private

KVSH News has been informed by Cherry County Sheriff Rusty Osburn that scammers have been active in the Valentine area, using cell phone texts.  As always, you are advised to NEVER give personal information over the phone, or text message unless the call was initiated by you.  If you think you may have been the victim of a scam, contact the Cherry County Sheriff's Office at 402-376-1890.

   

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