Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Daugaard's hypocrisy knows no bounds

A Feeding America survey shows 105,880 people in South Dakota are food insecure. Homelessness in the state is rampant; drunk driving, meth use and teen binge drinking are off the charts.

The state is second in addiction to gambling and teachers' salaries are 51st in the nation. Wage slavery is the state's biggest claim to fame and South Dakota dairies are wreaking habitat havoc. Infrastructure is crumbling and the state's bureaucracy is overbearing and unwieldy. Ag groups want federally subsidized crop insurance and the right to pollute. Corruption and graft are commonplace.

Pollution from industrial agriculture has made waterways poisonous, the state has no modern statute addressing financial assurances for pipeline leaks. Trophy fishing for threatened species is a tourist activity. East River, South Dakota is a dead zone and likely a new repository for nuclear waste. Fireworks are the likely source of Mount Rushmore water pollution.

Racism is endemic and white immigrants have been accepted while displacing and disgracing American Indians. South Dakota wrongly puts thousands in nursing homes. Mass incarceration fuels the white foster home industry: a pet project of the governor's wife.

South Dakota hid evidence in the death of Brady Folkens. Republican Attorney General Marty Jackley routinely benefits from court deals with his campaign donors while the South Dakota Newspaper Association reads like a bulletin for the Republican Party.

But, earth hater and climate change denier Governor Denny Daugaard had the temerity to travel to the Sicangu Oyate to tell tribal leaders they have better shit to do than restore Pe 'Sla to federal trust status taking it off the tax rolls.
The governor began his presentation by noting how little he knew about tribal politics, history and land issues when he first came into office in 2011, but explained that he had learned about these topics over the past five years from South Dakota Tribal Relations Secretaries. [Daugaard] didn’t mention either of the reasons for appeal noted in the September 2015 document from the S.D. Attorney General’s office while discussing the land transfer before the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council. [Jim Kent]
No, Pe' Sla has not been a gathering site for the Lakota for "thousands of years." The Lakota acquired horses around 1740 and crossed the Missouri River shortly after, occupying the Black Hills about 1750. But, there is at least one legal precedent for Pe 'Sla trust status: North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation consists of three separate tribes.

It's only a matter of time before the US Department of Interior, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the US Environmental Protection Agency come to South Dakota and tell Gov. Daugaard he has better shit to do than tell sovereign tribes how to run their worlds.


  1. Update, 5 May, 0800 MDT, according to the Black Hills Knowledge Network tourism has flattened out in South Dakota because of police oppression, racism and the SDGOP anti-civil rights agenda: Bill Janklow's idea of public radio.

  2. Update, 6 May, 1345 MDT: "Moreover, how can anyone - especially the top elected representative of a state – find such social, cultural and historical illiteracy something to boast about?" Jim Kent.

  3. More: "
    To have Gov. Daugaard walk into the chambers of the sovereign Sicangu Lakota nation and tell them that our spiritual beliefs should come second to anything is unstatesmanlike and an indictment of the ignorance this elected official has of one of South Dakota’s largest constituencies." Brandon Ecoffey.

  4. I said earlier today in a comment on Kent's piece, that at least Daugaard isn't Paul LePage. Having given it thought and after reading your post, I think this is every bit as bad as LePage.

    1. Saw your comments at Newland's FB page. Ain't it the truth.

    2. Little wonder that Lee Enterprises' Rapid City Journal would want to censor Kent for speaking truth to power. No doubt the white SDGOP-funded Bill Janklow's idea of public radio will pressure Kent to either tone it down or go away. He's syndicated on National Native News, too so at least he has access to millions of listeners while exposing Daugaard and his apparatchiks as the nanny-staters they are.

  5. In South Dakota 302 children are confined per 100,000 kids; that's the highest number in the United States: Pew.


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