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au- Page 2 DUI task force awards officer, citizen 3F��pl<S- Page 3 Rosalind Shields celebrates 79' years &&Q(8Sl�il�ai- Pages 8 fit 9 Native American Week activities in schools 5jp�I?$�~ 2nd Section Wolves football team continues winning BULK RATE U.S. POSTAGE PAID. POPLAR, MT 59255 Permit No. 6 500 Wotanin rVowapi Volume 29 Number 37 Poplar, Montana - Fort Peck Reservation September 24, 1998 Key decisions face TEB - Vice-chair vacancy on agenda; 9 seek judge position On Monday, Sept. 28, several key decisions are facing the Tribal Executive Board. The vacancy of the TEB's vice-chair position will be on the agenda, according to Tribal Chairman Spike Bighorn. According to the Constitution and By-Laws, when there's a vacancy in one of the 15 elected positions, it goes to the next qualified candidate, which is Ray K. Eder, Poplar. The TEB has to declare the position vacant and appoint the candidate who has the next highest number of votes. Chairman- Bighorn told a meeting of Program Directors last week that he heard comments that some councilmem-bers want to leave the position open in respect to the late Vice-Chairman Nathaniel "Cowboy" Longhair Sr., who passed away on Sept. 4. However, said Bighorn, he wants the position filled in accordance to the Constitution, which governs the Tribes. If the position is not filled, in the absence of the Chairman, Secretary-Accountant Jackie Miller would be next in line. rider was a former vice-chair o was defeated by Long- 'i J" in the 1995 tribal election. � lost a close race to Long-r in the 1997 election. Eder a o served as a member of theKEB. � seek judge position >ine applicants are seeking associate judge position on j lower court of the Fort Peck Tribal Court. The opening was created when Judge Georgia Dupuis, Wolf Point, resigned in early September. Eight of the applicants were interviewed by the TEB's Law & Justice Committee this week. One applicant, who had a valid excuse for not being present on Tuesday, will be interviewed this Friday during the Finance Committee. The applicants all have experience working in some phase of the Tribes' judicial system from the courts, to juveniles, to law enforcement. Applicants include: �Juanita Azure, Wolf Point, who is currently the In-Take Officer at the Youth Detention Center. Before that, she was a (TEB-Page 10) Traditional plants are medicine, food Expert share knowledge - By Richard Peterson For the Wotanin The back yard and the surrounding fields may have the treatment or cure for what ails you, according to Alma Snell, a Crow and expert on the traditional uses of plants. Snell, 75, and granddaughter of the famous Crow medicine woman Pretty Shield, was in Poplar Thursday and Friday to give her presentation. "A Taste of Heritage: Traditional Food and Medicine from Plants used by the Crow Indians." The workshop was offered y Fort Peck Community College. Snell's audiences continue to grow as she has made these presentations across the country for the past 20 years. She also holds the key to the city of Indianapolis. When Snell was one year old, her mother passed away and she was then raised by her grandmother, Pretty Shield, who has become well known through the book by the same name. While she was raised by her grandma, Snell learned many uses of plants, as well as agricultural products that Crows exhibited at the first Crow Fair. "People would teach about gardening, harvesting and canning. Then all the ladies would bring their canned goods," Snell said. "That's how Crow Fair got started." During her presentation, which was held at the Daya Tibi Wellness Center, Snell displayed three tables full of plants, food and other natural products. Prairie onions, berries, roots, flowers and weeds were just a few of the plants that have been used by Natives for hundreds of years, she said. If people visit her and request help, Snell said she refuses to sell any plants that may be needed by someone for a treatment. Snell said many of the plants could be found on the (Plants - Page 8) Investigation finds tftlieftff in bingo fiinds CI reports to special PCO meeting Crow elder Alma Snell displays some of the traditional uses of plants and foods during her workshop, "A Taste of Heritage," in Poplar last week. An open criminal investigation is being conducted into the Poplar Community Organization's bingo fund, according to a report from tribal Criminal Investigator Ken Trottier at a special PCO meeting on Sept. 22. During an investigation into PCO's bank accounts after an allegation of misuse of funds was made to the CPs, theft from PCO's bingo fund was found, said Trottier. He also said he could not disclose any facts concerning the investigation The CIs started the investigation into PCO after allegations were made on Aug. 26 of misuse of funds. Trottier said his investigation revealed that checks were written and cashed at Poplar businesses without community approval. He said he seen the checks as "legitimate" because they were for a "good nature for the community." He did not report how many such checks were found, the amounts and to what businesses or purpose. Trottier also reported that some checks had only one signature going to the bank, who reported that a PCO officer would come to the bank later and put on the second required signature. He said he was told that some officers are not available when checks are needed. His report did not specify how many checks were cashed with only one signature, to whom the checks were written and for what purpose. According to PCO's constitution and by-laws, all checks require two signatures. Three officers are allowed to sign checks, including the chairperson Roberta Garfield, vice-chair Georgia Atkinson, treasurer Joel Ferguson. The CPs don't deal with enforcement of PCO's Constitution and By-Laws, said Trottier. That would be up to PCO. Once the investigation on the alleged theft into the bingo fund is complete, Trottier said (PCO-Page 10) Tribal delegation in Choctaw Nation This week, Fort Peck Tribal Chairman Spike Bighorn is visiting the ChoctawNation in Oklahoma as part of a Ford Foundation funded initiative serving low income minority people. Traveling with Chairman Bighorn is Tribal Executive Board's Economic Development Committee's chairman Gene Culbertson, Fort Peck Community College President Dr. Jim Shanley, and Jeanette Charboneau and Sylvia Ryan, of FPCC's Wellness Center. FPCC is one of several community colleges participating in the Ford Foundation's Rural Community College Initiative. The colleges involved are all from rural areas and serve low income people. The initiative allows planners, councilmembers or the decision makers to visit various areas that deal specifically with rural economic development, and exposes (Tribes-Page 10) New federal highway bill provides funds to tribes The new federal Highway Bill provides new monies and new regulations for reservation roads nationwide beginning this fiscal year to the year 2003. Fort Peck's share of the $225 million allocated to the Federal Lands Highway Program (reservations) this year was $2,850,500, according to a report to the Tribal Executive Board last week by Cordell Ringel, Chief of the Engineering Division, Billings Area Office. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, passed by Congress on June 9,1998, "will have a tremendous impact," said Ringel, as it contains a "significant in- crease to reservation road monies." Last year, reservation roads were allocated $191 million under a formula that was implemented in 1993. This year, under the same formula but with the new monies, reservations were allocated $225 million. Beginning fiscal year 1999 to 2003, reservations will be allocated $275 million under a new distribution formula yet to be developed by a tribal-Bureau of Indian Affairs task force, which will consist of around 40 people nationwide . The bill requires the new formula be in place by April, 1999 - before any of the road monies are distributed, said Ringel. The task force will be developing the criteria on how the monies will be coming down to reservations. Local projects- This year, $2,138,191 of the new highway bill monies went to Fort Peck, but $2,850,500 has been obligated to date, which is $712,309 over the amount allocated. Fort Peck will get $712,305 less next fiscal year, accoridng to Ringel. frhirty-five people were employed by Fort Peck Agency Road Department at a total payroll of $715,675. Projects worked on with the new monies were Wolf Point Cordell Ringel -Billings Area Chief of Engineering Division streets, curbing, gutters and graveling, the Drive-In North Road, RY Road, Tribal Complex Road and the Smith Road. Also worked on this summer, but paid for by other sources, were Saby's Box Culvert, Indian Health Service parking lot, streets in the cities of Poplar and Wolf Point, tribal parking lot, and streets in Frazer, Brockton and Fort Kipp. For fiscal year 1999, projects scheduled are the Wolf Point streets, O'Connor Road and Jackson Loop for a total of $2,006,000. In fiscal year 2000, the O'Connor Road and Jackson Loop will be completed at a cost of $1,111,000. Tribes vs. tribes _ (Roads-page 10) Billings, Aberdeen Area tribes to meet to get stronger The tribes in Montana and Wyoming - located in 'the Billings Area - and South and North Dakota - located in the Aberdeen Area - represent the largest tribes in both land and population. "Together, we can be effective," said Tribal Executive Board member Caleb Shields. The Montana/Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council - made up of tribal leaders in the Billings Area - set up a joint meeting "As large tribes, we don't speak out. There's issues we agree on, but not together on funding. It will be at our expense if we don't speak out." Tribal Councilman Caleb Shields on need for meeting with Aberdeen Area tribes to develop an effective and vocal lobbying group on federal funding issues. The meeting is set for next Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Billings. Larger tribes will be diminished in funding because we're not voicing our needs, while smaller tribes are more vocal, said Shields. "As large tribes, we don't speak out. There's issues we agree on, but not together on funding. It will be at our expense if we don't speak out." Coming together on joint issues will expand our lobbying efforts to more Senators and Representatives from Montana, Wyoming and North and South Dakota, said Shields. We want each tribe to identify a person to spend time doing what has to be done, someone to take the lead and meet with Congress, the Senate, Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said Shields. Also on the agenda for the Tribal Leaders Council meeting is the 2000 Census. Francis Whitebird, who works with the Census through the State, has been invited, along with tribal Census staff from all BA tribes. The meeting will start next Monday at 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel on the Census, and at 9 a.m. on Tuesday with tribal leaders.
|Title||Wotanin wowapi 1998-09-24|
|Description||Vol.29 No.37 - Wotanin wowapi : Official newspaper of the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes - Poplar, MT|
|Rights Management||Copyright (c) Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes, all rights reserved.|
|Contributing Institution||Fort Peck Tribal Library|
|Publisher||Poplar, Mont. : Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board|
|Geographic Coverage||Fort Peck Indian Reservation (Mont.)|
|Digital Collection||Fort Peck Reservation Newspapers|
|Digital Collection||Fort Peck Reservation Newspapers|
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