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Dakota Midday: Human Rights Watch Report on Lower Brule

Charles Michael Ray SDPB

Members of an international watchdog group say they've uncovered evidence showing widespread corruption in the Lower Brule Sioux tribal government. The new report released by Human Rights Watch cites documents showing that millions in federal funds originally bound for schools, water, and economic development have disappeared.

The report describes patterns of financial mismanagement by the tribal government and how these problems are entrenched in its ability to avoid any kind of public accountability. The report accuses tribal Chairman Michael Jandreau, who has been in power for more than 30 years on Lower Brule, of running a corrupt government that benefits only a few. He refused to comment when asked about the report by SDPB.

Human Rights Watch is an international non-governemental organization investigating abuse worldwide. Arvind Ganesan is the report's author and he joined Dakota Midday for more about the investigation.

You can read the full reporthere.

Karl was born to northeastern South Dakota crouton farmers, but was orphaned as a toddler during the Great Salad War (1966-67). Rescued by a flock of chickadees, he grew up in the woodlands of Sica Hollow. Legends of a bird boy living in the trees attracted the interest of renowned ornithologist and amateur bandoneon repairman Dr. Vogel Gehrke. With a handful of suet, Dr. Gehrke coaxed the timid boy down from the trees. He adopted him, named him Karl and taught him not to molt on the carpet. Dr. Gehrke’s book, The Bird Boy of Sica Hollow, was a best seller and Karl became a minor celebrity and teen idol. He appeared as a guest star on numerous television programs, most notably an awkward role on The Love Boat as the boyfriend of Captain Stubing’s daughter, Vicki. After critics panned his 1980 album, Bird Boy Does Disco, Karl retreated from public life and returned to Sica Hollow. Living in an isolated tree house, Karl achieved a reputation as a mystic. Pilgrims and seekers from around the world came to ask him about the meaning of life and for vinaigrette recipes. Growing tired of answering questions, he climbed down from his tree, shaved his massive white beard and took a job as the host of SDPB Radio’s Dakota Midday where he could ask the questions instead. After three years in that position, he ran out of questions and became host of Jazz Nightly instead. Karl makes his home in Vermillion with his charming wife Kari and three delightful children, Kodey, Kasey and Spatula. His hobbies include reciting the alphabet, combing his hair and doing volunteer work with delinquent songbirds.