Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe reaches out to youth at annual fair

Rosebud Sioux Tribe corrections officers handed out badge stickers to area youth attending the 140th Annual Rosebud Fair. Photo by Vi Waln

Rosebud Police, Tribal Programs Work Together for Youth
By Vi Waln
Lakota Country Times Correspondent

ROSEBUD – Rosebud Sioux Tribal Police and Program Directors worked together to provide several children with meals and carnival rides during the 140th Annual Rosebud Fair.

Tribal programs collaborated to provide food, prizes and carnival tickets for distribution to children attending the celebration last weekend. Rosebud’s law enforcement officers were stationed north of the wacipi arbor and signed up 2,300 visitors. Adults who registered were eligible to receive 1 of 3 $100 cash prizes. Children ages 8-18 registered for a chance to win 1 of 2 Coleman mini dirt bikes.

Whisper DeNoyer and Nunpa Two Lance were the lucky winners of the dirt bikes. Those who registered had to be present at the drawing to win. Everyone who registered was given a badge to wear. Adults and youth had to be wearing the badge, which read “I Proudly Support Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement,” to be eligible to win.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Officer Dusty Old Lodge and Officer Andrea Eagle Pipe grilled hot dogs for youth attending the 140th Annual Rosebud Fair. Many children who visited the booth were treated to a plate of food and soda pop. Photo by Vi Waln

Law enforcement officials also grilled food for children attending the celebration. Every day at noon, the youngest tribal citizens and other children who visited the booth were treated to a meal of hot dogs, chips and a soda pop. The food was distributed each day until it was gone.

Wes Colombe of All Stop also collaborated with the effort by offering a discount on the food purchases. Tribal Programs who contributed to providing meals, prizes and carnival tickets included Law Enforcement, Solid Waste, Motor Fuel Tax, Road Department, Game, Fish & Parks and other departments.

The Solid Waste program also recruited children on the fairgrounds to help with daily clean-up of the area. Each child received a strip of carnival tickets for every bag of trash they collected. The trash detail began at 7am each morning. The children worked fast and had the fairgrounds area clean by 8:30am. Solid Waste Director Tammi Young reported 1,500 bags of trash collected over the weekend.

Whisper DeNoyer gets a congratulatory handshake from Marlin Enno after winning a Coleman Mini Dirt Bike. Youth aged 8-18 were eligible to register and win. Photo by Vi Waln

On Sunday evening, Rosebud’s law enforcement officers coordinated a major rescue operation with employees of the Cherry Todd Electric Cooperative when a carnival ride called the Super Shot malfunctioned, trapping several people in mid-air. Cherry Todd responded with their cherry picker equipment and removed each person from the ride.

Law enforcement publicly thanked the local electric cooperative through a status update on their Facebook page, which read in part “RSTLES would like to send a big thank you to Cherry Todd Electric and especially their linemen for responding to the carnival ride that malfunctioned. Cherry Todd Electric responded with their boom trucks and safely rescued all the youth that were trapped and suspended on the malfunctioned carnival ride.”

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Rosebud Police also responded to 397 calls for service during August 26-29, 2016 timeframe. They made 48 arrests and 134 vehicle stops during the fair. Law Enforcement also seized 33 grams of marijuana and a small amount of meth during the 3-day celebration.

RSTLES also publicly thanked “the RST Ambulance Service, BIA and Mission Fire Department as well as all the Committees that made the fair possible. We also want to take this opportunity to thank you, the public, for the all support you have shown us during the annual Rosebud Fair and your continued support.”

(Vi Waln is an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation and is nationally published journalist.)

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