Monthly Archives: December 2014

Authors research new book on Sioux World War I Veterans from South Dakota

Ira Hayes

By Avis Little Eagle
For Teton Times

MCLAUGHLIN – Authors Michael and Ann Knudson, who published the book “Warriors In Khaki – Native American Doughboys from North Dakota,” are now researching a book on Native American World War I Veterans from South Dakota.
They are reaching out to families of all the Sioux Tribes in South Dakota who may have a WWI serviceman in their family. They are looking for any photos of servicemen in uniform or in their everyday lives. Anything that shows what they looked like, at any age, would be worth having. They are also looking for any documents, letters, and family stories they can find, including what the servicemen did with their lives after the war and where they are buried.
The couple will get copies or take a picture of the photos so families do not have to let the photos leave their possession.
The authors can be reached via e-mail at mikeannknudson@msn.com or their mailing address is 22 Garden Drive, Bismarck, N.D.5850-5355. Anyone on Standing Rock who is interested in setting up a time to meet with the Knudson’s can also contact Standing Rock Councilwoman Avis Little Eagle, and she will assist the family members in setting up a meeting or scanning photos, etc.
Their new project will be a very valuable reference book as they will be compiling the data from State historical archives, and National archives located in Kansas and DC. Their book will detail service awards, battle accomplishments and service affiliation of the South Dakota Native Ameriicans of the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Lower Brule, Sisseton, Crow Creek, Flandreau Santee Sioux and Oglala and Rosebud Sioux Tribes who served in World War I. This information is not readily available in any existing work.
Mike Knuduson has been interested in history and genealogy since high school. He served in the Peace Corps in Morrocco and went back to college where he received his master’s degree and had a career with the Soil Conservation Service in North Dakota. He retired in 2011 and now has more time for research on family and military history, especially the World War I era. His wife Ann, served 28 years in the North Dakota National Guard and retired in 2012.
Mike is from Wisconsin and Ann is from upstate New York. They met in college in Syracuse, NY. they have lived in North Dakota since 1977, in Wahpeton, Lisbon and Bismarck and reared two children.

NO KXL DAKOTA prepares for SD PUC Dec 9th hearing

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PIERRE, SD – Tribal members and leaders, farmers, landowners, concerned citizens, as well as a cadre of attorneys, are all headed to Pierre, South Dakota next Tuesday to challenge TransCanada’s attempts to block full disclosure of the facts surrounding the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline recertification. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SD PUC) granted TransCanada a permit in 2010, but the company is required to obtain recertification of its permit because it did not commence construction within four years of the permit being issued.

The hearing before the SD PUC is set for 9:30 a.m., Dec., 9th, 2014 at the Capitol in Pierre, SD on TransCanada Keystone’s motion on how much information may be sought by the more than 40 Intervening Parties on recertification of the controversial pipeline. TransCanada filed its motion on October 30, 2014 after unsuccessfully attempting to keep environmental, Indigenous nonprofits and interested parties from intervening in the SD PUC proceedings.

“In another blatant attack on public involvement and accurate information in the SD PUC permitting process, TransCanada has proven true to its own record of circumventing public input, landowners’ rights and the rights of tribal nations in its path with an attempt to limit discovery. We hope the South Dakota PUC Commissioners will let the voices of rural and tribal people be heard in this process instead of once again, being drowned out by a greedy self-interested multinational and their endless cadre of lawyers and legal maneuvering. What do they have to hide?” asked Chas Jewett, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and an individual intervening party in the SD PUC proceedings.

The NO KXL DAKOTA coalition was recently organized to present a unified voice of both Indians and non-Indians concerned about the potentially devastating effects of the Keystone XL pipeline. The coalition has many concerns about the pipeline that they will be insisting the SD PUC consider in fully vetting the pipeline’s potential impacts on the people, lands and waters of South Dakota and the Tribes.

“An energy independent country does not seek independence at all cost to those on the pipeline corridor. There exists a human right to live safely in our aboriginal, treaty and unceded territories,” said Faith Spotted Eagle, one of the organizers behind NO KXL DAKOTA coalition and Chair of the Ihanktowan Treaty Council.

Among these growing concerns, after other recent pipeline spills in Montana and Minnesota, are the likelihood of contamination the pipeline poses for the Oglala Aquifer, an important and sole source of drinking water for many Tribal and non-Indian communities. TransCanada also seeks to have the pipeline constructed across permeable soils in the environmentally sensitive Sandhills – an area that risks being irreparably damaged by a pipeline spill. Tribal people have particular concerns about cultural resources and sacred sites that were not taken into account when the pipeline was originally permitted in 2010. The State of South Dakota was not aware of these Tribal concerns during the initial permitting process because there was no Tribal participation in the proceedings. Finally, in the four years since the original permit proceedings, the need to address climate change and the negative effects of oil extracted from Canadian tar sands may have on that has become critical.

“As a person with serious long-term health issues, I am very concerned about the potential for groundwater contamination if the KXL pipeline is built. South Dakota has scarce water resources, and it is essential to conserve clean water supplies for personal consumption, and also for our state’s number one industry – agriculture,” said Gena Parkhurst, a concerned homeowner of Rapid City, SD, who has also filed to intervene in the SD PUC proceedings.

“TransCanada wants to limit the discussion on what matters to the health and future of South Dakota. They want to limit the right to due process. They want to dismiss the rights of Mother Earth and our duty as human beings to ensure her protection. Therefore, we are united as Native people, as non-native people, as the NO KXL DAKOTA coalition, to see those destructive wants become TransCanada’s unaccomplished dreams,” stated Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network, another intervener and organizer behind NO KXL DAKOTA and Oceti Rising, an organization dedicated to building awareness and capacity with the Oceti Sakowin or Seven Council Fires of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations and other Tribes along the pipeline route.

To view the entire docket proceedings and filings including a copy of TransCanada’s Motion, go to the SD PUC website at http://www.puc.sd.gov/Dockets/HydrocarbonPipeline/keystoneupdate.aspx
CONTACT: Faith Spotted Eagle (605) 481-0416
Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network (507) 412-7609
Sabrina King, Dakota Rural Action (605) 939-0527