A VIEW FROM LAKOTA COUNTRY
BY BRANDON ECOFFEY
I am not surprised that across western South Dakota Republicans are packing the streets with their political propaganda. There is a very good chance that they stand to lose many seats in Congress, as well as State houses, during this election cycle.
What could hurt us
When you drive across Rapid City you cannot turn a corner without seeing a Marty Jackley sign. While his campaign would lead you to believe that he is the ultimate front-runner for the Governor’s set, I feel like they are preparing for an allout slugfest.
The other day I was having a conversation with a family member about the duel between Marty Jackley and Kristi Noem for the republican nomination for Governor. While we both agreed that Billy Sutton would absolutely be the best person for the job, we were forced to have a conversation about the possibility of a republican winning.
There is a fundamental difference between Marty Jackley and Kristi Noem that our voters and our leaders need to understand. Marty Jackley has spent a majority of his career actively working to erode tribal sovereignty and contributing to a justice system that has locked up Native people at a rate dramatically higher than whites. The evidence of this is abundant. Jackley erroneously prosecuted contractors who were assisting the Flandreau Sioux Tribe in their efforts to legalize cannabis on their lands. His anti-sovereignty position was on full display as he undermined the Tribe’s effort to improve the living conditions of its tribal citizens. Jackley has also resisted efforts to fully implement the Indian Child Welfare Act in state and county courts across South Dakota. With this track-record it is safe to say that the attack