Lower Brule

Lower Brule Research Wins STEM Action Grant

Jul 10, 2018
Society for Science & The Public

A group that encourages teens in Lower Brule to do community research is receiving a grant from the Society for Science & the Public. Lower Brule Research works with middle and high school students who are interested in science and culture. 

Courtesy Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

While the current Lower Brule Sioux tribal leadership continues to face opposition from some tribal council members and tribal employees, the arrival of the former South Dakota United States Attorney on the reservation to discuss the tribe’s administrative issues raised concern with the acting-tribal chairman.

When Kevin Wright stepped up from the position of Lower Brule Sioux Vice-Chairman to Chairman after Mike Jandreau’s death, Wright’s goal was to lead an administration that was free of cronyism and corruption.

Courtesy Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council met on Wednesday/yesterday for the first time since October 2014. The gathering came as the direct result of a court order requiring tribal leaders to work out their differences.

But there can be a huge gap between dealing with routine tribal business and dealing with long-standing complaints against allegedly corrupt tribal leaders.

About two dozen tribal members braved frigid winter weather to attend the first Lower Brule Sioux council meeting in 5 months.

Courtesy Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council met yesterday for the first time since October of 2014. The gathering came as the direct result of a court order that required tribal leaders to work out their differences or be in contempt of court.

Lower Brule Leaders' Have Day In Court

Feb 16, 2015
Photo by Jim Kent

 Newly elected Lower Brule Sioux tribal leaders were in court last week as directed by subpoenas first-served on them last December. As SDPB’s Jim Kent reports, Lower Brule Sioux tribal members were surprised by what took place in the courtroom – both before and during the proceedings.

Lower Brule Tribal Leaders Face-Off In Court

Feb 13, 2015

Lower Brule Sioux leaders met in tribal court on Thursday in what has become a continuing battle for political control of the Lower Brule Sioux tribe.

This phase involved two tribal council representatives and the tribal vice-chairman. All three were newly elected to their positions last fall.

A dispute with Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Chairman Mike Jandreau in November resulted in Jandreau walking out of a council meeting along with two council members who support him.

Courtesy Sheryl Estes Scott

Lower Brule Sioux elders and treaty council members are meeting in the aftermath of an investigative report by Human Rights Watch to discuss allegations of misappropriation of federal funds by their tribal leaders.

We visited the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation and found that as much as many tribal members were aware of what they allege are years of administrative mismanagement, others have been completely surprised by the report’s findings.

Lower Brule Treaty Council Plans For Future

Jan 21, 2015
Photo by Jim Kent

 As repercussions from the Human Rights Watch report on irregularities in its tribal government continue to ripple across the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation, grass roots tribal members are gathering to plan changes in what’s become the status quo.

We sit in on a meeting at the Lower Brule Treaty Office to ask how the long-term administration of Chairman Mike Jandreau has impacted people on a personal basis and what their hopes are for the future.

South Dakota’s Congressional delegation is expressing concern over allegations of misuse of federal funds at the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.
The group Human Rights Watch recently filed a report citing allegations of corruption by top tribal officials after a two year investigation.   The report includes tribal audits showing millions of dollars in missing funds.
Some Lower Brule Tribal officials call the report nonsense, but Congressional officials say they are monitoring the situation and waiting for the outcome of any further investigations.

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.

Lower Brule Tribe Grass Roots Movement

Jan 12, 2015
Courtesy Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

As the non-profit group Human Rights Watch released a report alleging corruption and mismanagement of federal funds by the Lower Sioux Tribal government, grass roots members of the tribe are raising their voices to be heard.  

Among them are the newly-elected Lower Brule vice-chairman and a respected tribal elder.

Human Rights Watch Report Cites Corruption At Lower Brule

Jan 12, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

An international watchdog group says they've uncovered evidence showing widespread corruption in the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.   

Mighty Mo Eats Lower Brule

Apr 14, 2014

Some of the land base of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is disappearing.  But it’s not over any political or legal dispute--the Missouri River is swallowing up property near the town of Lower Brule.

Scientists have been studying the very high erosion rates on the Mighty Mo at this location for the past few years.    Researchers are trying to find the best way to stop the Missouri from eating away at the fragile river banks near Big Bend Dam on Lake Sharpe.