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Charmaine White Face


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No Amount of Uranium Is Safe

There is a situation brewing in western South Dakota that has quite a few people concerned about the safety of soldiers in the South Dakota Army National Guard. It’s not that they will be going overseas to fight. Rather, it is that they are in danger right here home,...

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Individual Rights Only for Indigenous Peoples at the UN

Since 1984, the Sioux Nation Treaty Council has been sending delegates to the various committees of the United Nations seeking the upholding of lawful and viable treaties made between the Great Sioux Nation and the United States. Meeting after meeting were attended such as the Working Group on Populations,...

White Face: Pacifying the public

The USDA Forest Service from Custer National Forest out of Billings, Mont., is responsible for a large area in the northwestern corner of South Dakota. The Cave Hills and Slim Buttes area exhibits some of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in the state. This area also was extensively...

White Face: ‘Are you Oglala or Wasicu?’

The question was raised at a recent meeting called by Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Yellow Bird Steele about the idea of mining uranium on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: ''Are you Oglala or Wasicu?'' If a person is Oglala, or Anishinabeg, or Dine', or from any other indigenous that...

White Face: Indigenous peoples still lack human rights

On June 29, an announcement was made that the United Nations Human Rights Council had passed the Declaration on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Those of us who have been attending the debates for many years did not immediately jump for joy. Instead, we wanted to know declaration...

Homestake’s land sale perpetuates old crime

Guest columnist It is always interesting to me whenever anyone in western South Dakota “sells” their land, since the correct English term for “selling” stolen property is “fencing.” However, when the state of South Dakota (also an illegal entity) and the federal authorities condone such illegal activities, then what these...

Shortsightedness in a sacred place

The drive in the Cave Hills area along Highway 85 in northwestern South Dakota provides a sight of one of the unique qualities of the prairies. Popping up off the floor of the Plains are grass-covered cone structures looking like party hats discarded by giants in another time. A little further north flat-topped...