A copy of the Oglala Sioux Tribe's constitution and the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie. Photo by James Giago Davies / Native Sun News Today
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Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe weighs rights for off-reservation citizens

Talking about constitution reform

By Richie Richards
Native Sun News Today Correspondent

RAPID CITY – The task force collecting data for the study on the Oglala Sioux Tribe on constitution reform measures had representatives at the Oglala Lakota College campuses and other areas across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

On Thursday, April 12, the task force had its members present in the communities providing copies of the Constitution of the Oglala Sioux Tribe as well as a map of the 1851 Sioux Nation Fort Laramie Treaty land base.

The survey had several topics which asked what tribal members liked, disliked, additions and changes they would like to see in the OST Constitution.

Included in the survey were: Preamble, Territory, Membership, Governing Body, Powers of the Council, Judicial Powers, District Organization, Elections, Removal of Officers, Referendum, Land, Amendments, Bill of Rights, Responsibilities Executive Committee Officers, Qualification of Tribal Council Representatives and Executive Committee Officers, Oath of Office, Meetings and Procedures, and National Sioux Council.

Part of the controversy of the reform measures would be the voting rights of tribal members living off the reservation. The task force would like to have voters living in the original 1851 treaty lands included in the elections.

This task force has been collecting signatures for several months. The currently have approximately 400 surveys complete but need 1200 surveys to move forward in these efforts. This task force has been given an extension recently to continue collecting data.


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