Bordeaux speaks at SD LegislatureBy Talli Nauman
Native Sun News Today Contributing Editor
nativesunnews.today PIERRE - Noting that his is the fourth State of the Tribes speech at a South Dakota Legislature annual session, Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Rodney Bordeaux spoke for all nine Indian jurisdictions the state overlaps when he reminded the attending parliamentarians and the governor that the problem of racism hasn’t diminished in that time. “Some of the challenges that have been facing Indian Country the last several years still plague us to this day. Racism is still present, and we read about the incidents in the newspaper and on social media,” Bordeaux said. He offered the lawmakers a full course in the challenges of overcoming the problem. Respect for the U.S. Constitution’s recognition of treaty rights as the supreme law of the land headed the list, and opposition to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline finished it. “It is also important to remember that part of Art. 6 of the U.S. Constitution where is declares that … ‘all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land’,” he noted. “So, if South Dakota wants better relations with tribal governments, South Dakota must honor and respect the treaties that were made with us,” he said.
President Rodney Bordeaux of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe gave this year's State of the Tribes Address before the South Dakota Legislature.Posted by South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations on Thursday, January 10, 2019
Bordeaux invited legislators and the governor to “continue negotiations with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as well as the other tribes on a new tax compact,” which would establish revenue sharing of a levy recently required on purchases made over the internet. The Rosebud Economic Development Corp., REDCO, a holding company with 14 business subsidiaries, is supported by an ever more robust legal system, assuring investors secure operating circumstances, Bordeaux said. “Rosebud is open for business, and I can say this about the other eight reservations:” The key to impact on employment is the small, independent local business, he stipulated. “REDCO has created approximately 50 new jobs over the last several years. These are well paying jobs with health insurance, retirement, and other benefits,” he said. We’ve created a food sovereignty initiative to help people eat healthier and begin growing their food. We are promoting self-reliance.” Bordeaux said youth are more likely to be in school when parents have employment. Addressing education, he again cited his reservation as an example. “On average, 290 children start high school; 120 of them graduate in four years; 30 of them enroll in colleges and 20 percent graduate from college, which leaves us with six college graduates. “We hope that partnerships with Teach for America, the South Dakota Board of Regents, and South Dakota Jumpstart and the American Indian College Fund continue to work together,” he said. “We feel this is especially important that local schools and organizations should align their goals and work with the goals of our tribal nations,” he added. “Finally,” he said, “I want to address the one subject that gives our people great anxiety. It is the Keystone XL Pipeline and the prospect of all that the project would bring. There are a great many things that trouble us about this project."
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