your internet resource on facebook on twitter on Google+ on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Native American Bank - Native people investing in Native communities
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Native Sun News: Sioux Addition asserts right to treaty lands

Filed Under: Law | National
More on: black hills, native sun news, rapid city, south dakota, treaties

The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News.

Sioux Addition has been a recognized community in Rapid City for generations, with its own board of directors. It seeks to help better the lives of the Native Community.

Sioux Addition speaks up on trust land issue
By Karin Eagle
Native Sun News Staff Writer

RAPID CITY — At the North Rapid Town Hall Meeting, Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson, and South Dakota Secretary of Tribal Relations J. R. LaPlante were on hand to answer questions from the standing room only audience. The audience was a blend of Native and non-Native community members living in North Rapid City.

The meeting was held at the Oyate Community Center at Lakota Homes in an effort to draw in more of the Native community that lives in North Rapid.

One of the questions asked was if the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) would have any effect on the Native population, a concern echoed across Indian County in recent months. Secretary LaPlante says he's been trying to find that out for two years, without any luck.

“Native Americans have a treaty-right to health care; we're the only people in the U.S. with a birth right to health care. It's not an entitlement, it's a birth right and yet we can't get a straight answer on how this is going to impact us," said LaPlante.

The members of the Sioux Addition Indian Community board of directors were in attendance, and raised several of the questions.

Sioux Addition was established in 1954 and incorporated in 1966. At that time the community was located more than three miles north of Rapid City.

The Sioux Addition board chairman, Tad Montgomery spoke with Native Sun News about their presence at the town hall meeting.

“Our intention of being at this Town Hall Meeting is to notify these levels of government that our Sioux Addition Board of Directors still claims that the Sioux Addition Lands are trust lands under the 1868 Black Hills Treaty, that we the Lakota People own the rights to Lakota Homes.”

“All we ask from the city government of Rapid City is to restore our Sovereignty, our Trust Land and Rights they illegally took from us, that we are entitled to and have a legitimate claim to. In no way we intended to be divisive or negative this is simply a restorative approach on the long overdue discrimination and mishandling of our Indian Affairs here in Rapid City by the city government.”

On Friday Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Woyatan Church on Anamosa Street, the board will be holding a meeting to discuss many of the issues and concerns that community members have brought to the board’s attention.

The meeting is being sponsored by the Sioux Addition Board, the Lakota Homes Board, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice President, the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, and the American Indian Movement.

See Tad Montgomery’s letter to the editor detailing his understanding of the history of Sioux Additions presence in Rapid City on the Editorial Page 4 of this issue.

(Contact Karin Eagle at permission by Native Sun News

Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Native Sun News: Family questions FBI on reservation death (11/25)
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud students earn top scholarship (11/25)
Brandon Ecoffey: Making a difference for people on Pine Ridge (11/25)
Yurok Tribe: Mourning the passing of 'visionary' Troy Fletcher (11/25)
Ned Blackhawk: Supreme Court case jeopardizes tribal rights (11/25)
Steve Russell: The real origins of the world's terrorism crisis (11/25)
Ramona Peters: Sharing a Wampanoag story of Thanksgiving (11/25)
Yatibaey Evans: Let's all teach the truth about Native history (11/25)
Martie Simmons: Every Native parent dreads this time of year (11/25)
Eric Metaxas: The 'miracle' of Squanto and first Thanksgiving (11/25)
Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to late Billy Frank Jr (11/25)
Oneida Nation opens first branch location of tribal-owned bank (11/25)
Virginia tribes continue to pay tribute required by 1677 treaty (11/25)
Chukchansi Tribe reaches new agreement for shuttered casino (11/25)
Poarch Band to welcome visitors to $65M expansion at casino (11/25)
Stillaguamish Tribe debuts eatery and microbrewery at casino (11/25)
Connecticut tribes consider proposals for third gaming facilty (11/25)
Mark Pilarski: Why are games different at some tribal casinos? (11/25)
Tribes seek support for Native language instruction programs (11/24)
Rep. Mullin confirms divisions in Indian Country on Carcieri fix (11/24)
President Obama to award Medal of Freedom to Billy Frank Jr. (11/24)
Sault Tribe pushes for passage of Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (11/24)
Lakota Country Times: Charles Trimble recognized for writings (11/24)
Native Sun News Editorial: Some new names in Indian Country (11/24)
Jim Kent: South Dakota lands in the news again for corruption (11/24)
John Yellowbird Steele: Bill tries to hijack recognition process (11/24)
Albert Bender: 'The Green Inferno' hits new low in racist films (11/24)
Peter d'Errico: Anti-Indian wars continue in US Supreme Court (11/24)
Anne Keala Kelly: US government wants to steal Hawaii again (11/24)
Counties ask Supreme Court to hear Ute Tribe boundary case (11/24)
Shinnecock Nation considers entering medical marijuana field (11/24)
USDA policy eases return of traditional food to tribal facilities (11/24)
Sitka Tribe asks FBI to consider racial bias in student's arrest (11/24)
Court sides with Indian inmates over closure of sweat lodge (11/24)
Former employee accused of cheating Grand Traverse Band (11/24)
Tribes with special acts of Congress face hurdles for gaming (11/24)
Enterprise Rancheria addresses concerns about gaming site (11/24)
Mohegan Tribe signs partner for $5B casino proposal in Korea (11/24)
Bart Hinkle: States trying to protect their gaming monopolies (11/24)
Blackfeet Nation wins ruling against development at sacred site (11/23)
Center for Native American Youth hires new executive director (11/23)
Quinault Nation slams approval of genetically modified salmon (11/23)
Native Sun News: Great Plains people key in defeating Keystone (11/23)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.