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
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.
As for the gardening, I learned what we do today from John Thunder Hawk. We till the ground around our plants and I hear sometimes that isn’t the best practice. I also sell pickles at our store – I buy them in 5 gallon pails. Last year, I cut the bottom off of 90 buckets and covered all my plants except for the ones with vines (melons, cucs, squash, etc.). I thought this would be an easier way to garden, less tilling and less weeding, less work. I didn’t till, I mowed and I only weeded inside the buckets. I got the veggies but they weren’t as lush and I got a lot of stickers, probably the most stickers ever. I am still getting stuck this year. I went back to tilling up the garden. We grow everything; radish, onions, beats, tomatoes, corn, watermelon, muskmelon, all the squash, potatoes, celery, green beans, peas, rutabaga, cabbage, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc… My wife Nicole (John’s daughter) likes to can tomatoes and beats so we try to put a lot in. I like to pickle cucumbers but everyone eats them before I can harvest enough. I like to make potato, green bean, and salt pork soup. I only like planting the vegetables – I don’t care or want to plant flower or grass gardens. My wife enjoys the flower/grass stuff.
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
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