Dave Archambault II formerly served as a tribal council person for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe located in Fort Yates, North Dakota. While on Tribal Council, he focused on economic development, renewable energy, and government reform. Dave attended NDSU and the University of Mary. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in management. Dave has owned and operated a small convenience store in his community since 2002. Archambault has served on various boards as an elected official and is currently the board chair for Sitting Bull College. Today, Dave works at United Tribes Technical College as the Director of an ETA/DOL TAACCCT Grant – “Tribal College Consortium for Developing Montana and North Dakota Workforce (TCC DeMaND Workforce),” a project that focuses on developing the workforce in Indian Country through Tribal College trainings and industry partnerships. Continue reading
There use to be 10’s of millions of buffalo in three great migration
herds that lived on the Great Plains of America. They moved North &
South from Canada to Mexico setting a cycle of life for everything.
They literally shaped the landscape and worked hand in hand with water
in giving everything a chance to grow and flourish. Their hooves
aerated the soil for so native plants could grow. They would graze
patches and developed perfect habitats for prairie dogs and all small
animals. They would wallo and spread seed across vast masses of land,
that was necessary for all life to exist on the Great Plains.
Our ancestors followed buffalo and grew to better understand the relationships between everything. They observed how the buffalo carried them selves as responsible respectful beings.
Important teachings and lessons for life came from buffalo.
Our creation story, the white buffalo calf woman, and how the buffalo followed the stars are all examples of the buffalo’s influence upon our thought and philosophy. And so our ancestors were thankful for this great relative and respected him because he not only shared teachings but he gave himself so that we could have food, clothing, shelters, and tools.
When the buffalo almost went extinct, everything across the prairie
changed. Our people changed. Today the buffalo numbers are coming
back. We see care takers and scientists who are finally realizing the need for this majestic animal. The buffalo story is our story too. As we see our brothers recovery from near extinction, so too are we becoming aware of our own, and it is time for our people to begin our recovery.
The prairies perhaps will never be the same but our brother th
e buffalo, and our people have a real responsibility to move
It is comeback time and this is why our brother has been selected as a symbol for my campaign.
I believe in a Creator. All Nations on the face of the earth have
some sort of faith or faiths that they advocate for good moral
behavior. Our Lakota/Dakota people are certainly no different. In
fact there are many instances where the invading settlers and calvary
made praising statements as to the virtuous guiding force within
Indian people. Continue reading