Oglala Sioux Tribe

Land Programs Page

Land Committee

Members:

Chair - Anthony Wounded Head, Sr.

Vice - James Cross

Billy Amiotte

Craig Dillon

Joseph Rosales

Ella “John” Carlow

Phillip Good Crow

Rick Grey Grass

Phillip Jumping Eagle

Coordinator:  Dave Livermont

Secretary:  Gwen Young Bear

Meeting Date:  Monday'’s (every other) @ 10:00 a.m.

MISSION STATEMENT
“To protect manage and develop the natural resources on the Pine Ridge Reservation.”

Michael Catches Enemy is the Director of the NRRA office, this office is located in Pine Ridge behind the Tribal office.  The NRRA program was established in 1979 through OST Ordinance 79 – 12, “the Tribal Council has become increasingly concerned about the protection, development and regulation of the natural resources on the reservation.”  NRRA is implemented through PL 638 contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 

The NRRA office offers a wide range of services to the Oglala Sioux Tribe including:  Investigation of complaints of non – compliance with the OST environmental and natural resources codes and regulations.  They assist the Environmental Review Permitting Process, finalizing and obtaining approval of OST Emergency Operation Plan, Coordination of training utilizing FEMA SARA III Title Funds, education outreach to districts, schools, programs, public on natural resources protection and conservation, research and provide input on natural resources issues on the Pine Ridge Reservation, assistance with Timber Cutting Permit Process, and tree planting depending on available funding.

Some of the goals of the department is to protect, manage and develop the natural resources of the Oglala Sioux Tribe as mandated in tribal ordinance #79 – 12, establishing the department; this duty is through tribal law and more important through the inherit rights of the treaties of the Great Sioux Nation, enforcement of tribal environmental codes and regulations to assert sovereignty, develop the capability of becoming more active in interdepartmental activities such as consistent involvement in the OST Environmental Review Process through the OST Environmental Tech Team.   Also, to finalize and obtain all levels of approval of the OST Emergency Operations Plan, provide educational outreach of the public, programs and schools within the exterior boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation on natural resources protection and conservation, provide capable staff to achieve objectives of the department and provide updated training for staff.

OST Land Office

Denise Mesteth ~ Director

P.O. Box 2070

Pine Ridge, South Dakota

57770

Mission Statement:

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Land Office was established by Oglala Sioux Tribal Council Resolution No. 76-98 to protect and preserve the property and natural resources of the Tribe and to regulate the use and disposition of property upon the Reservation.  Exercising the Tribal Sovereignty as set out in the Constitution and By-Laws of the Oglala Sioux Tribe by coordinating Tribal Land policies and assisting in the administration of land within the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Phone: (605) 867-5305

Fax: (605) 867-6422

Philosophy:

The focus of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Land Office is retaining the Trust status within the exterior boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation and ensuring the Trust land is available for future generations.

Location:

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Land Office is located behind the Oglala Sioux Tribal Office Building in downtown Pine Ridge, South Dakota.  The Program is under the oversight of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Land & Natural Resources Committee.

Environmental Protection Agency

Robert Pille ~ Director

P.O. Box 2008

Pine Ridge, South Dakota

57770

Mission Statement:

Our Mission and goal is to protect the quality of the environment and to look at ways to prevent the constant threat to the health and humanity of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Phone: (605) 867-5236

Fax: (605) 867-1845

Location:

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Environmental Protection Agency Office is located behind  the Oglala Sioux Tribe Tribal Building in downtown Pine Ridge, South Dakota.  It consists of several other sub-programs.  The 106 Program works on information regarding the reservations waterway maps, the Underground Storage Tank Program, to eliminate all underground leaking storage tanks, the Tribal Response/Browns Fields Program which lists a database for survey and information on potential Browns field sites for inventory and response action.

Services Provided:

This office has done Environmental Assessments  for individual homeowners, business, and construction sites.  Our office assisted with the design and construction of the Baler Building and 10 Transfer Sites located on the reservation.

The Integrated Waste Management Grant and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Grant have both been funded and used to the development and implementation of a new Solid Waste Management System on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Indian Health Service (I.H.S.), Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Housing Authority (OS(L)HA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Environmental Protection Agency (OST-EPP) Office has designed a state-of-the-art RCPA sub-title D landfill and have completed a new Solid Waste Code and the Waste Management Plan for the reservation.  We worked with the Rural Development Office out of Rapid City, South Dakota in obtaining the funding for these projects.

A public record system has been established and will be located in the Archives Office in the Tribal Building, which is accessible to the public.  We are acquiring training towards learning the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system as well as Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments.  We are continuing to survey the reservation for potential Browns Field Sites.  Through public participation and information gathered from other Tribal Departments and Programs we will enter new inventory or response action information in to the data base as well as the public record binder.  We are developing a ranking system to move inventories sites in to assessment/clean up.

Natural Resources & Regulatory Agency

Michael Catches Enemy ~ Director

P.O. Box 320

Pine Ridge, South Dakota

57770

Phone: (605) 867-5969

Fax: (605) 867-2818

Mission Statement:

To protect, manage and develop the natural resources on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Location:

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Natural Resources & Regulatory Agency (OST-NRRA) Department Office is located in Pine Ridge, South Dakota behind the Tribal Office.  The program was established in 1979 through Oglala Sioux Tribal Council Ordinance No. 79-12.  “The Tribal Council has become increasingly concerned about the protection, development and regulation of the natural resources on the Reservation.”  This project is implemented through PL 638 contract the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

Services Provided:

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Natural Resources & Regulatory Agency (OST-NRRA) Department offers a wide range of services to the Oglala Sioux Tribe including: Investigations of complaints of non-compliance with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Environmental and Natural Resources Codes and Regulations.  We assist the Environmental Review Permitting Process, finalizing and obtaining approval of Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Operation Plan, Coordination of training utilizing FEMA SARA III Title Funds, education outreach to Districts, Schools, Programs and Public on natural resources issues on this Reservation.  We also assist with the Timber Cutting Permit Process, and other tree planning projects, depending on available funds.

The goals of our Department are to protect, manage and develop the natural resources of the Oglala Sioux Tribe as mandated in Oglala Sioux Tribal Council Ordinance No. 79-12, establishing the Department; A duty through tribal law and inherit rights of the treaties of the Great Sioux Nation, enforcement of tribal environmental codes and regulations to assist sovereignty, develop the capability to become more active in interdepartmental activities such as consistent involvement in the Oglala Sioux Tribe Environmental Review Process through the Oglala Sioux Tribe Environmental TECH Team.  We also look to finalize and obtain all levels of approval of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Operations Plan, provide information to all on natural resources protection and conservation, and finally, to provide capable staff to achieve objectives of the Department and provide updated training for our staff.

Safety of Dams

Harold Dean Salway ~ Director

P.O. Box 1982

Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770

Mission Statement:

To protect the lives and property of the residents living on or near the high risk dams which include Oglala, White Clay, Wolf Creek, Kyle and Allen dam areas.

Phone: (605) 867-5571

Fax: (605) 867-5181

Location:

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Safety of Dams Office is located in the Bingo Hall east downtown of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.  This Program is operated under the Land & Natural Resources Committee.

Services Provided:

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Safety of Dams is in the process of two major projects, the Oglala levy and the Allen Dam Rehabilitation.  There are 3 to 4 seasonal openings every year.  The Program monitors the Dam’s water levels and flows for early detection of major dam breach/breaks or severe flood emergencies.

This information with our Emergency Disaster Plan are kept on file for easy access to information where reservation residents living in the Dam’s flood plain areas can be warned of danger in a timely manner for possible evacuation.

Our Program also cleans and maintains the reservation’s Dams and when funding is available, we contract construction projects to update the life and stability of these Dams.