Catholic Mass Schedule Christmas 2014

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Christmas Eve December 24

5:30pm -St. Thomas in Mission (Children’s Mass)

7:30pm -Sacred Heart in White River

8:00pm -St. Agnes in Parmelee


Midnight Masses

St. Charles in St. Francis

St. Bridget in Rosebud


Christmas Day December 25

9:00am -St. Thomas in Mission

10:00am -St. Bridget in Rosebud

11:00am -Sacred Heart in White River


New Year’s Day January 1, 2015

9:00am -St. Thomas in Mission

10:00am -St. Bridget in Rosebud

11:00am -Sacred Heart in White River

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Calls House Keystone XL Passage an ‘Act of War,’ Vows Legal Action

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ICTMN Staff - Calling the U.S. House of Representatives’ November 14 vote for the Keystone XL pipeline an “act of war,” the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) has vowed to block the project from crossing its lands.

“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,” said Rosebud Sioux President Cyril Scott in a statement. “We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation, and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.”

The House voted 252-161 on Friday November 14 to pass legislation that would force the $8 billion TransCanada pipeline project to move forward. The Senate is scheduled to take up the debate and vote on Tuesday November 18.

President Barack Obama has vowed to veto the measure even if it passes the full Congress, especially given that the matter is still under review by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of the Interior.

The Rosebud Sioux and other Great Sioux Nation member tribes have had resolutions against Keystone XL in place since last February of this year, according to the Rosebud Sioux statement. The tribe also noted that the 1,700-mile-long pipeline’s proposed route traverses lands covered by the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties, as well as crossing the borders of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

“Act of war means that we’re going to have to take legal maneuvers now,” Scott told the New York Daily News. “We’re going to protect our land and our way of life.”

It is a matter of guarding the future, said Scott, who was in New York City for the People’s Climate March in September.

RELATED: As It Happened: Indigenous Peoples Leading off the People’s Climate March, in Photos

“We feel it is imperative that we provide safe and responsible alternative energy resources not only to tribal members but to non-tribal members as well,” Scott said in the Rosebud Sioux statement, which was posted on the Bold Nebraska website. “We need to stop focusing and investing in risky fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. We need to start remembering that the earth is our mother and stop polluting her and start taking steps to preserve the land, water, and our grandchildren’s future.”

He also reaffirmed and explained tribal sovereignty.

People forget that we’re a sovereign nation,” Scott told the Daily News. “Everybody else ... they’re just guests here.”

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Karate Comes to a Close

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It was a wonderful closing celebration for the 3- week Karate short course held at St Francis Indian School. Picture below with Drs Merino & Abe is Tanna Left Hand Bull who was given special recognition for her hard work and dedication. Dubbed a ‘natural’ by her sensei (teacher), Cesare Moreno said, “ Tanna’s  willingness to learn, her preserverence, her strength and passion are characters that Karate builds upon.” 

It was Dr. Abe’s dream to offer Karate, particularly to Native youth at St Francis, with hopes of building more awareness for a broader world through the spiritual-based tenets and discipline that Karate teaches. In addition to Karate, the closing ceremony also included authentic Japanese cuisine provided to all students that included Ginger/Sesame chicken, sushi rice and a Japanese version of pasta salad. 

Marino & Abe hoped that all the youth who participated were exposed to Karate values that will strengthen them to believe in themselves and bolster their future aspirations. This event brought the culture/language of Japan and Italy (via Washington DC), through Karate teachings (that align very close to traditional Lakota values) a little closer to the hearts and minds of a few, fortunate and appreciative St. Francis students. 

Community members and parents who attended the closing event expressed a heartfelt thanks to Abe & Merino. Said one community member, “I think our kids are going to remember this and all that they were taught, for the rest of their lives!” 

Elections are HERE!!

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By John Jones

You’ve seen the signs, lining the sides of the roads. Its that time of year, time to VOTE!! 

Up for election:

United States Senator

Gordon Howie (Independent)

Larry Pressler (Independent)

Mike Rounds (Republican)

Rick Weiland (Democratic)

United States Representative

Kristi Noem (Republican)

Corinna Robinson (Democratic)

For Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Dennis Daugaard/ Matt Michels (Republican)

Michael J. Myers/ Lora Hubbel (Independent)

Susan Wismer/ Susy Blake (Democratic)

For Attorney General

Marty Jackley (Republican)

Chad Haber (Libertarian)

Commissioner of School and Public Lands

Ryan Brunner (Republican)

John English (Libertarian)

Public Utilities Commissioner

Gary Hanson (Republican)

Wayne Schmidt (Constitution)

David Allen (Democratic)

Secretary of State

Shantel Krebs (Republican)

Angelia Schultz (Democratic)

Lori Stacey (Constitution)

Emmett Reistroffer (Libertarian)

State Auditor

Steve Barnett (Republican)

Kurt Evans (Libertarian)

State Treasurer

Denny Pierson (Democratic)

Rich Sattgast (Republican)

Ken Santema (Libertarian)

State Senator District 26

Troy Heinert (Democrat)

John Koskan (Republican)

State Representative 26A

Shawn Bordeaux

Supreme Court Justice Retention:

Justice Steven Zinter

Justice Lori Scully Wilbur

Justice David Gilbertson


Constitutional Amendment Q: 

Title: An Amendment to the South Dakota Constitution authorizing the Legislature to allow roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood.


The Constitution currently authorizes the Legislature to allow two kinds of games of chance in

Deadwood: limited card games and slot machines. The proposed amendment authorizes the Legislature to also allow roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood.

Under federal law, any games of chance authorized by the Legislature to be offered in Deadwood would also be allowed at on-reservation tribal casinos.

A vote “Yes” is for changing the constitution to allow the Legislature to authorize roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood.

A vote “No” will leave the constitution as it is.

Initiated Measures 

Initiated Measure 17

Title: An initiated measure to require health insurers to include all willing and qualified health care providers on their provider lists.

Attorney General Explanation: Some health insurers offer health benefit plans in which the insurer maintains a list of health care providers.

Plan members must use listed providers in order to obtain the maximum plan coverage, or to have coverage at all. “Health care providers” include doctors and other licensed health care professionals, clinics and hospitals.

The initiated measure establishes who is entitled to be on the insurer’s list of providers. The measure requires that these insurers list all health care providers who are willing, qualified and meet the conditions for participation established by the insurer.

The measure does not apply to all health insurers, nor to certain kinds of insurance and plans including those involving specified disease, indemnity, accident only, dental, vision, Medicare supplement, long-term care or disability income, and workers’ compensation.

A vote “Yes” is for the law requiring health insurers to include all willing and qualified health care providers on their provider lists.

A vote “No” is against the proposed law.

Initiated Measure 18

Title: An initiated measure to increase the state minimum wage.

Attorney General Explanation: The initiated measure amends state law to raise South Dakota’s hourly minimum wage for non-tipped employees from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour, effective January 1, 2015. Thereafter, this minimum wage will be annually adjusted by any increase in the cost of living. The cost of living increase is measured by the change in the Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Department of Labor. In no case may the minimum wage be decreased.

In addition, the hourly minimum wage for tipped employees will be half the minimum wage for non-tipped employees as adjusted by any cost of living increase described above.

These increases would apply to all employers in South Dakota, with limited exceptions.

A vote “Yes” is for the increase in the state minimum wage.

A vote

“No” is against the change in the law

Early voting is going on at the Todd County Building located in Mission, down the street from the Wells Fargo Bank. Anyone who wishes to vote can vote there until November 3rd at 4:30 p.m.

On November 4, polling locations will be set up for the convenience of voters closer to their homes. 

Polling locations are as followed:

Lakeview - Lakeview School

Jeannette - Littleburg School

Mission-N. Antelope - St. Thomas Parish

Bordeaux - Spring Creek School

O’Kreek - O’Kreek School

Parmelee - Parmelee Community Hall

Rosebud - Clark Hall (Across from Episcopal Church)

S. Antelope - St. Thomas Parish

St. Francis - St. Francis Oyate Networking Building

These sites are merely for community members from those communities but for any registered voter who needs to vote but can not go to Winner to do so.

Get out and VOTE! Your vote can make a difference.

Boys and Girls Club of America brings after school learning to local youth

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By Elaine Emery

The Boys and Girls Club of Mission recently opened it’s door to the youth once again. This time around they have new management and new programs. 

They have incorporated muay thai boxing, a movie night every Friday night at the Door of Hope Ministry and an after school learning project  for grade 1-5, among other activities that will take place in the future. 

The club focuses on all areas for the growth of  children but Site Director Andrew Haines wanted to make sure that local youth have a place to grow academically.

The after school program has 5 stations that the children rotate between. The kids are grouped together then they rotate between stations. They  have  about 15 minutes in each station which concentrates on reading, writing,  math, computers and a free class where they learn spelling, trivia, homework and a variety of educationally fun activities. The computer is monitored and children are only allowed on adult approved sites, such has a learning game site used by Haines.

The after school program will run in 4-6 week sessions, students will be allowed to sign up for each session regardless if they attended the first one. It also to allow other children the opportunity to join.

Parents are encouraged to attend the club with their child. “Parents are welcome to come and help their child and just to come.” Said Haines

The club is always looking for volunteers and parents make good volunteers. Right now there are a few teachers that volunteer their time to the youth and one teacher on staff. This allows the children to get a quality learning experience. 

Haines has worked with the youth for years now. He enjoys making a difference in the lives of local youth. Over the summer months he started a baseball team for Okreek youth. Haines also ran a summer school, bringing his experience to the club has helped significantly.

Children are welcome to attend until 7:30pm.

If anyone has questions about the club events they are welcome to call the Boys and Girls Club,747-2097.

Stopping Bullying a Must

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By John Jones

Over the last decade bullying in schools have been pushed into the media spotlight due to victims being bullied to a point where they resort to violence against others or to themselves.

With rates rising in teen suicide and school shootings, the public ponders the link between bullying and these rates. Most students who have, or tried to commit suicide, were victims of bullying.

Local programs and schools have made big strides in stopping bullying. Schools have a no tolerance policy for bullying. They encourage children being bullied to report it immediately before it gets out of hand or escalates to more violence, so the teachers and other staff can stop the bully.

Local programs like the Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI) and The Tokala Inajinyo Suicide Prevention Progam (TISP) held walks at the St. Francis Indian School and the Todd County High School.

“Uniting against bullying,” was the theme of each walk to bring awareness to bullying. Students were allowed time from class to participate in the walks.

Both programs are designed to help youth stay out of trouble, offer counseling in any form and they put together events for youth to attend and learn about their options in life.

In remarks to the Defending Childhood teams on January 27, 2011, the United States Attorney General Eric Holder stated that “The statistics go on and on – and, unfortunately, so too does the violence. The reality we face is nothing short of a crisis.”  The DCI shares Attorney General Holder’s sense of urgency and are working to defend the children exposed to violence within the Rosebud reservation. As former RST Attorney General Mato Standing High has stated, “the difficult question for us is not who has been exposed to violence, but who hasn’t?”

The DCI is raising awareness about children’s exposure to violence, providing direct services to children exposed to violence and organizing collaboration across all systems that impact the everyday lives of children and youth. To that end, the RST Defending Childhood’s Collaborative Body is composed of representatives from tribal, state, federal, private and non-profit sectors. They have a strategic plan to address the unacceptable rates of children exposed to violence on the reservation.

TISP is designed to help youth who are at risk of suicide. Being bullied can cause someone to began thinking of suicide or commit suicide. They offer qualified persons to talk to if someone is in trouble. They also offer a peer mentoring program. Mentors are there to help and set positive examples for local youth or to just provide troubled youth with someone to talk with.

Bullying is being mean to another kid over and over again. Bullying often includes:


Talking about hurting someone

Spreading rumors

Leaving kids out on purpose

Attacking someone by hitting them or yelling at them

Bullying does not always happen in person. Cyberbullying is a type of bullying that happens online or through text messages or emails. It includes posting rumors on sites like Facebook, sharing embarrassing pictures or videos, and making fake profiles or websites.

Kids who are bullied can feel like they are:





Kids who are bullied have a hard time standing up for themselves. They think the kid who bullies them is more powerful than they are. Bullying can make them:

Sad, lonely, or nervous

Feel sick

Have problems at school

Bully other kids

Kids bully others for many reasons, they may: 

Want to copy their friends

Think bullying will help them fit in

Think they are better than the kid they are bullying

If someone you know is bullying others or getting bullied let the proper authorities know.

Mission’s Welcome Neighbor Day is September 13

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MISSION – Everyone is invited to the annual Mission Chamber of Commerce Welcome Neighbor Day on Saturday, September 13. A special invitation to all new teachers and community members. This day is also a thank you to Mission business customers for their patronage the past year.

A morning Color Road Run begins at 10 o’clock with signup at the City Office at 9:30. The two-mile route will go from there, around the Todd County School District campus and end in the City Park. Contact Diana Assman at 856-2345 for more information.

The ever-popular Water Fights begin at 12 noon at North Elementary. Other activities will also start in the City Park at that time. Some scheduled are an Art Show, Baseball, Horseshoe Tournament, Horseback Rides, Youth Archery, Face Painting and Kids Games.

Entertainment by Tom Stober & Company begins at 4 p.m. An evening meal will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with drawings for door prizes, including a satin star quilt.

The 50th person to shake the VIP Person’s hand will win $100.

Vendors are welcome to set up in the Park. Volunteers are needed to help. For more information on any of the day’s activities, please call the City Office, 856-4499.