Lower Brule Elections Redux: Governance and KXL

Tomorrow are tribal elections in Lower Brule, the Kul Wicasa Oyate. Below is a list of my blog posts about the Lower Brule elections, tribal governance, and the Keystone XL pipeline. There is a lot at stake for the Kul Wicasa Oyate, the Oceti Sakowin, our sacred Treaty Territory, our Mni Wiconi, and Unci Maka. This is an important time in our history, perhaps more so than any other. I have a lot of faith in our young leaders, but they will be taking over a system broken by four decades of no accountability and complete lack of transparency to the Oyate, the People.

Please take the time to read over the issues facing our Nation:

Audit Reveals Lower Brule’s Budget has Major “Material Weaknesses”

Michael B. Jandreau, You Don’t Serve the People

Kul Wicasa Elections: A lot at Stake

Declaring War on KXL: Indigenous Peoples Mobilize

Open Letter to the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council on KXL and TransCanada

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Coming to Terms and Demanding the Impossible

Hecetu Welo!

Big Bend


the cool water laps the grey rumbling concrete
buzzing turbines churning life blood into power

this damn dam

past stories now submerged by the cruel machine
overwhelmed fallen trees emerge from this river
pantomiming the living as their lifeless limbs reach for the sky
defiantily proclaiming, “we are still here, you damn machine.”

the spoiling machine hears not the protest of the trees
its metal veins pump, churning out its vital pulses
ruining the ichor of the other, the river and its relatives

like this machine they call the Big Bend Dam this river too has a name
an ancient name forsaken, merely a rumor for some
her antediluvian epithet
the old ones still call to her softly

“Mni Sose,” they whisper
“we know you. we remember.”

Mni Sose

sometimes she answers
her tear ducts swell at her shores
she faces her ruiner
her machine
her immortal appendage

interrupted flows, she continues
a disrupting, calming current

Melanie Yazzie – Unlimited Limitations: The Navajos’ Winters Rights Deemed Worthless in the 2012 Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Settlement

This essay was written in May 2012 to provide a critical and research-based assessment of the NHLCRS. At the time, the climate of political bargaining and persuasion that dominated public debate about the Settlement compromised the availability of such information to the Navajo public or tribal council. Along with a multiply authored editorial published in the Navajo Times (May 17, 2012) and the Navajo-Hopi Observer (May 22, 2012), the essay was written for and furnished to each of the twenty-four delegates of the Navajo Nation Tribal Council for consideration prior to its vote on the Settlement.

Yazzie_WSR Water Rights Article_2013