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October 20, 2014 The Star Page 5 To editor Burial, memorial benefits available to vets 00ear,avvy00enior, ISlet 'O00. Does the Veterans Administration Burial Allowances Tribal election should come provideany00p00c,a,00uneral00er00,ce00 ,n add,tion to the m00ny burial or benefits to old veterans? benefits, some veterans may also My father is a 90-year-old World ii By dim Mille qualify for a $734 burial and funeral down to ntablllty War ,I veteran, with late stage  expense allowance (if hospitalized Alzheimer s, so I m looking into fu- r by VA at time of death), or $300 (if accou neraloptions and would like to know not hospitalized by VAat time of what the VA may provide, dependents that are buried in private death), and a $734 plot-interment al- To the editor: I had the pleasure of listening to most of the candidates for tribal of- rice Tuesday. Much of what I heard was regarding accountability. To have accountability in our tribal government one must have all financial transactions posted so the people can view them. I requested a copy of tribal resolutions within the last year and was denied such. That is nQt accourhabi!ity and in the real world this does not happen! The constitution states that the tribal government must post tribal resolutions and all financial transac- tions. The monthly financial reports that are provided at the open tribal meetings only tells the starting bal- ance, revenue (money) received, debits (checks that were written) and the ending balance. Thus all financial transaction in between is not open to the public. What is happening to the money incurred from our two casinos and why don't all of our people benefit from revenues? Why do some council members never return calls or listen and help the elders when they are in need? Our people needed to be treated with respect and honor, an open-door policy must be present and one must truly listen to our people. We have so many educated people but many can- not work on their own reservation because of politics and the council controlling all of the boards. Tribal Boards The tribal council hand picks all board members for all programs within our tribe. This is not an efficient practice as most individual are tribal employees thus they are supervised by the tribal council. Can they speak out or do the right thing if they so choose? I think not. Many tribal government members sit on all the boards on our reserva- tion. This is a conflict of interest. Why would they want to do this? While looking at the list of members djehe tbal"boards I was astonished t0" gsbme ipeople were oncertain boards as they did not have the knowledge, education, or skill level to enhance that program. All boards should be selected by certain criteria such as education, skills, and knowledge that align to the 8pecific board. A letter of intent should be sub- mitted to the personnel office and be scored upon certain criteria and qual- Area educators will honor long time members Area educators of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society met on Oc- tober 14, 2014, for the second meet- ing of the school year. Lambda Chapter members travel from Rugby, Towner, Rolla, Kramer, Wolford, Knox, Churchs Ferry and Minor, as well as Bottineau. Program presenter for the meet- ing was Mike Porter, Dakota Col- lege professor. He shared information and book titles about Campus' Read and the Community Book Read held each year at the local college and community. The November meeting will be in Rugby and will honor three dedi- cated and longtime members of Lambda Chapter. Those honored will be Irene Hager, Elsie Black and Virginia Fairbrother and all are cel- ebrating their 90th birthdays. All three have given much to education and Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Community action agency will meet Dakota Prairie Community Ac- tion Agency has scheduled a meet- ing of the DPCAA Board of Directors for Saturday, October 25, at 10:30 a.m. in Devils Lake at the DPCAA Office at 223 4th Street NE. Discussion will include adminis- trative and programmatic topics of importance to the ongoing operation of DPCAA. The general public is welcome to attend this meeting with any issues, concerns or comments regarding services, activities or the operation of DPCAA. ifications. Open Meetings Article VII states that all council meetings shall be open to the public and held in a place so all people can attend the meetings. One council member stated that he would like the people to know what is going on in our tribal gov- ernment. How can people know what is going on when there are closed meetings and no access to financial transactions? This is a violation of our tribal constitution and why would you want the doors closed if you are doing what is right for your people. All meetings are to be open to the public with the exception of two things. Why is our council making deci- sions regarding people getting jobs, money, houses, and even the utiliza- tion of tribal facilities? That is the role of directors. Would one see the president or a senator going to the finance office and telling them to cut a check for someone? Travel I continuously have heard that our tribe is broke yet some council mem- bers have traveled extensively. With the development of technol- ogy one can have a meeting with senators and legislators while sitting in the tribal chambers. I was told that the purpose of one trip to Las Vegas was to eat food at the former owner of the Sky Dancer's restaurant. Is this cost effective and does this benefit our people? I do know that not all of the coun- cil went on the trip. When one travels they should be required to report to their peers and people on the purpose and outcomes of the trip. Separation of Powers Separation of powers means that the tribal council and chairman do not become involved in judicial and law enforcement matters. I specifically know that certain members of the tribal government became involved in stopping the im- peachment process. Why notfix the' problems on our reservation instead Of allowing the same old broken system to continue to operate. I was told the Chief of Police was removed from her position by the tribal government. Again our consti- tution was violated. Incarcerated in- dividuals rights are being violated on a continuous basis as they are not being allowed cash bail on week- ends. There have been so many vio- lations of our constitution that I could write for weeks about it. I have no ill will toward any members of our government or any other individual. I know that certain council mem- bers tried to do the right thing but were stopped from other tribal gov- ernment officials. Our council and chairman must be held to same standards as our peo- ple. They must act with integrity, honesty, and ethics. They must fol- low their own constitution. When voting in the next election ask yourself these questions: Did they help all people are only their families and friends? What tribal official provided a job to family members without ad- vertising the position and who is making much more money than peo- ple that who have been employed with the tribe for years? Did they represent our people in an ethical and honest manner? Was there travel justified? Did they make decisions based on obtaining votes? What did they do to benefit our reservation? What programs utilized their money correctly as stated in the plan and what program was mismanaged? Did you get a small handout just to get a vote? Look at the past behavior and practices and make an educated de- cision on whom and what is best for our people. In summation I don't believe any tribal government can change our reservation until they change their old, defective, and broken down op- erating system. They must use our constitution as written and not as they so choose. Act as leaders not as politicians and bring in new businesses that ben- efit all members! The practice in place provides the tribal government with too much power. I wish all candidates the best and truly hope that the new council can change our current government. Do what is right for our people and all will benefit. Our tribe and all tribal members could be rich and not living in poverty. If one believes they deserve to live in poverty that is exactly what will happen. Wanda Belgarde Dunseith PUBLIC NOTIC The Rolette County Auditor's office, located in the Rolette County Courthouse, 102 2nd ST NE, Rolla ND is open for absentee voting daily: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will also be open on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, October 29 and Thursday October 30 until 6:30 p.m. Absentee ballots must be postmarked or submitted to the Auditor's office on the day before election, November 3, 2014. Voters are also reminded that they will need to provide a valid ID to vote, which must include a current residential address, and a valid driver's license, valid State ID card, valid Tribal Government issued ID card, Student Certificate, provided by the university or Long-term Care Certificate, provided by the facility. If you have any questions, call the County Auditor's office at 477-5665. Planning Ahead Dear Planning, Yes, the Veterans Administration offers a number of burial and memo- rial benefits to veterans if their dis- charge from the military 'was under conditions other than dishonorable - which will need to be verified. To do this, you'll need a copy of your dad's DD Form 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," which you can request online at Here's a rundown of some of the different benefits that are available to veterans that die a non-service re- lated death. National and State Cemetery Benefits If your dad is eligible, and wants to be buried in one of the 131 na- tional or 93 state VA cemeteries (see asp for a list) the VA benefits pro- vided at no cost to the family include a gravesite; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual gravesite care; a government headstone or marker; a United States burial flag that can be used to drape the casket or accom- pany the urn (after the funeral serv- ice, the flag is given to the next-of-kin as a keepsake); and a Presidential memorial certificate, which is an engraved paper certifi- cate signed by the current President expressing the country's grateful recognition of the veteran's service. National cemetery burial benefits are also available to spouses and de- pendents of veterans. If your dad is cremated, his re- mains will be buried or inurned in the same manner as casketed remains. Funeral or cremation arrange- ments and costs are not, however, taken care of by the VA. They are the responsibility of the veteran's family. Private Cemetery Benefits If your dad is going to be buried in a private cemetery, the benefits available include a free government headstone or marker, or a medallion that can be affixed to an existing pri- vately purchased headstone or marker; a burial flag; and a Presiden- tial memorial certificate. Funeral or cremation arrange- ments and costs are again the re- sponsibility of the family, and there are no benefits offered to spouses and We're the TIRE SPECIALISTS! Always Reasonable Prices! NORTH CENTRAL TIRE Phone 477-6363 -- Rolla cemeteries. Military Funeral Honors Another popular benefit available to all eligible veterans buried in ei- ther a national or private cemetery is a military funeral honors ceremony. This includes folding and presenting the U.S. burial flag to the veteran's survivors and the playing of Taps, performed by two or more uniformed military members. The funeral provider you choose will be able to assist you with all VA burial requests. Depending on what you want, certain forms may need to be com- pleted which are always better to be done in advance. For a complete rundown of burial and memorial benefits, eligibility de- tails and required forms, visit or call 800-827- lowance to those who choose to be buried in a private cemetery. To find out if your dad is eligible, see bene- als/burial.pdf. To apply for burial allowances, you'll need to fill out VA Form 21- 530 "Application for Burial Bene- fits ." You need to attach a copy of your dad's discharge document (DD 214 or equivalent), death certificate, fu- neral and burial bills. They should show that you have paid them in full. You may download the form at Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Nor- man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySe- Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. 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