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PRESS RELEASE: Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Executives Indicted in Embezzlement Scheme

U.S. Attorney’s Office
October 27, 2015

District of South Dakota
(605) 330-4400

Tribal Executives Indicted in Embezzlement Scheme

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that five current and former executives, and one employee, of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe’s Big Coulee District were indicted by a federal grand jury on October 6, 2015. 327 more words

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Dakotas Tribal Leaders Pitching Pot As Economic Opportunity

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Marijuana companies in California and Colorado have tabbed prominent American Indian leaders from the Dakotas to help prod tribes across the nation into the pot business. 692 more words


Eighth Circuit Affirms Conviction of Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Member for Misapplication of Tribal Funds

Here is the opinion in United States v. Wanna.

An excerpt:

A jury convicted Charlene Wanna of misapplication of funds from an Indian tribal organization and aiding and abetting in violation of 18 U.S.C.

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Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher

Tribal Code Talkers Being Honored By Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) – American Indians who sent coded messages to shield U.S. military communications from the enemy during World Wars I and II are being honored later this month at the nation’s capital. 316 more words


MSU Press Book Announcement: Gwen Westerman's "Follow the Blackbirds"

Here. Gwen is a brilliant writer and thinker, and one of my favorite people. Buy her book.


In language as perceptive as it is poignant, poet Gwen Nell Westerman builds a world in words that reflects the past, present, and future of the Dakota people. 156 more words

Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher