Progress updates on home remodel for one of our Community Elder and Veteran's home.Posted by Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation on Wednesday, December 11, 2019
New roof installed and ceiling panels replaced in the community building before winter arrives.Posted by Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation on Saturday, October 26, 2019
The Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) is the tribe. Under the tribe there are Districts and Community governments. The OST constitution and code give Districts and Communities their own authority to pursue economic development. The OST Council got in a political fight with former OST President Bryan Brewer. President Brewer had asked our CEO to assist him with some of his economic development projects, including TED Bonds. When the OST Council tried to impeach President Bewer they passed a resolution also stopping business with our CEO. WLCC and OST are separate. Regardless of OST’s decision, Mr. Raines always kept his authority with WLCC as our CEO. We never issued TED bonds. OST never voted against our bond project. Some investors asked for a resolution of support from OST, so we asked OST for it. The OST Council and the OST Economic & Business Development Committee members told us and our lawyers that WLCC already had the authority to do it and they were not going to waste time passing a resolution saying something we could already do. The tribe’s lawyer sent us a formal letter stating that. Our economic development project for this bond was to complete a planned set of commercial and community buildings known as the Town Center that would include businesses for the commercial buildings generating income and employment. The buildings did not get completed. But not due to mismanagement of funds by WLCC. EVERY single dollar WLCC spent on the project was accounted for. They didn't get completed because we discovered the fraud and promptly turned them in during the middle of constructing our project. We then we gave the last bit of bond money for the construction project that we had to US Bank the bond trustee, to do an investigation of the bad actors.
Hunter Biden’s name was invoked—without his knowledge, his lawyer says—to drum up business in a fraudulent bond scheme unrelated to his activities in Ukraine https://t.co/YBYl5Zojqs— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) October 23, 2019
We understand the retirement funds are upset. We have also been devastated by this fraud, but now we are being re-victimized all over again by the Chicago complaint with the many false statements. Even though we were the victims, and our team did nothing wrong, this hangs over Indian Country and our Community every day. We had to put all our economic projects on hold when the news articles came out two years ago, and now maybe we will have to again as the inaccurate claims draw out the emotions and not the logic from those that read the complaints. It is hard enough to do economic development on rural isolated Indian reservations without having falsehoods on top of the fraud. Please read the facts of the actual government case. Please ask us directly if you have any questions. Thank you.
Geneva Lone Hill serves as president of the Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation, the wholly-owned economic development arm of the Wakpamni Lake Community tasked with creating new income, new employment, new infrastructure and new services for members of the Wakpamni Lake Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She can be reached at email@example.com.