Leading the Change


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been at the forefront of an eventful era in which our tribe has become a leader in the fight for Indigenous rights worldwide. Many small actions culminated in a globally significant event– the Oceti Sakowin camp– but we must now focus on addressing the future of our own tribe within the greater context of advancing Native Nations.

Large land-based, rural tribal nations are among the most marginalized communities in the United States, We feel not only the difficulties of broken treaties, but the seemingly forgotten nature of rural America. Our economy and our environment are interconnected, but other governments are not nurturing these things in a sustainable and efficient way.

Standing Rock has the opportunity to be a model community. This year, we received global attention for a spiritual and political movement that has forever altered our tribal political future. Standing Rock is now at the forefront of the global call for Indigenous rights, and while we must focus on our own community first, we must also acknowledge and embrace this new role. We have the opportunity to lead by example.

It is my goal for our tribe to begin to change our behavior at the core level to greater reflect the future that we want for our grandchildren. I will focus on moving away from reliance on fossil fuels, and exploring ways in which we can expand our existing investments in renewable energy. Everyone knows gaming is not a sustainable industry; we must explore additional economic development opportunities to diversify our tribal economy.

Only through economic diversification will we become self-sufficient enough to holistically address the many entangled difficulties facing our community today. We need to seriously address investments in education, healthcare, law enforcement, tribal infrastructure, and elder and youth services. Our leadership approach must always be conscious of striving to improve the overall quality of life on our reservation, and creating pathways to address the symptoms of poverty that require urgent attention.

I believe we have made significant progress in many areas during my tenure, and I would be honored to continue to work for the citizens of Standing Rock. We have a lot of momentum as a community right now and many outside supporters who are committed to helping the tribe advance. Let’s keep going.

Dave Archambault II On Native America Calling

Dave Archambault II was ask to join Native America Calling.Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In case you missed it you can listen now….

Click Here to Listen:  https://soundcloud.com/dave-archambault-ii/dave-archambault-ii-on-native

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?


“Being Born Under The Star of a Leader, Does Not Make One Shine”


Leadership & Candidate Archambault

There are many variables that can work together to make a good leader.  A primary and constant indicator in looking at any candidate for leadership is to review the family unit that the candidate has created, because this is the foundation for everything else, such as daily interaction and deeds.  Another indicator is to look at experience.  What kind of work has been acquired or produced.  Even schooling is experience or a form of work that allows a person to be more knowledgeable and how to apply learning to practical work experience.  Another important variable is the values that a person demonstrates.  This can be easily seen by simply asking, “What does the potential leader do with their non-work time ?”  What a person does with their spare time visibly shows their Values.

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