The Standing Rock Sioux Tribes will face very trying times for the next ten years. The United States government engaged in two wars overseas, and suffered a devastating terrorist attack. In order to pay for these actions, Congress has spent trillions of dollars. Now, the government is in real danger because of the deficit that was created and Congress has passed legislation that attempts to balance the national budget by repaying the debt over the next ten years. The plan is to cut federal spending across the national budget. This is called Sequestration and our SRST will feel its impact starting this year.
I am asking for the vote of the Standing Rock Tribal Members because I believe I have the ability to implement plans and meet the challenges of decreasing federal funding that is happening. Specifically, I want to evaluate all our current tribal departments that the Tribal Chairman oversees, and then find ways to improve the services with less funding. Next, if I am elected, I believe our Tribal service directors must become aggressive in seeking new sources of funding. I will see that every program has a concrete plan to seek new funding and submit proposals. I will do everything possible to assist and realize this goal.
Dave Archambault II was ask to join Native America Calling.Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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Skilled jobs are in high demand throughout the United States. Companies that handle construction, oil and gas, mechanics or alternative energy need workers with specific skills sets. Are Native Americans considering these careers? In the boarding school era, students were sometimes forced to learn a trade, which didn’t always lead to employment when they returned home. Does this history create a negative impression of skilled jobs today? Every community needs skilled labor but are there workers available with the right training to take on those jobs?
If I am elected chairman of the SRST, I know that one of the biggest challenges that my administration will face is the looming issue of extracting oil with well pressure drilling, called Fracking. My intention would be to study the issue so as to determine the best way for our Tribe to cope with its advancement onto our reservation.
Here are the givens as I see them right now. Fracking is without a doubt detrimental to our reservation. Its development will probably damage our environment; therefore I am definitely not in favor of this. Many Tribes have simply passed legislation that prohibits its development. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe currently has a resolution prohibiting fracking and I am in support of the resolution. 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
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.
This story was told to my dad by Edward Iron Cloud, Sr. in the mid-1960s, Ed was almost 100 years old at the time and he
died about 1977, so he lived back in the day.
One winter, a village of Lakota’s were near starvation from unending
blizzard conditions. Their food supplies were almost completely
depleted. Everyone was suffering, especially the small crying
children in each lodge. The situation was desperate, so a council of
the camps headmen was held. As usual, everyone was expected to bare suggestions. Some said let’s get all the food in camp and give it to
the children. Others were in favor of feeding the elder. Since there
was some lodges without food for almost a week, most were many in
favor of just sharing any scant food available. One of the camp
leaders said his wife and some of the other women, felt if more food
was not gotten soon, everyone would be dead. So he suggested that all
the food available be gathered up and it would be used to feed the
camps best hunters. Make them strong as possible because the future
of the camp rested in their ability to travel and hunt by foot in
deep, deep snow, then somehow bring whatever could be taken back to camp.
Without nourishment this task was impossible but the survival of the
people was at stake. Without hesitation the eldest headman who had
not yet spoken, saw the affirmative shaking of heads. He stood up and
told the council to go and bring all camp food back. We must prepare
the best meal and papa for traveling as soon as possible.
Everyone rose up and quickly went out to gather the food.
Stories of the past have many lessons. This particular story demonstrates how hard the times were for our ancestors and how they came together to make decisions for the future of the people. Today, we still face hard times and we still need to make decisions.