OLN V1. Issue 2
Karin Eagle, OST Public Relations, Editor OLN News
Good day to everyone one of our new readers, this being only the second issue of the OST newsletter we are still finding our footing. Our first issue was based entirely on the current Constitutional Reform efforts, including a member's copy of The Oglala Sioux Tribe Constitution.
We, at the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Public Relations Department, decided to dedicate the inaugural issue to this critical venture due to its historic nature and the possibility of positive change for our tribe.
In our mission to bring information to the people, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Public Relations Department, created this newsletter to publish, by the request of the tribal membership, program information, and schedules.
A lot of this information can be found on the website as well as calling the tribal building and district offices, but we figured that having the information in hand is a good thing to provide. This week we are going to be following the outcomes of the competitions and games at the Lakota Nation Invitational in Rapid City. In real time, there are options to following the games such as KILI radio or watching on K-OLC Livestreams.
Local news stations give daily updates and scores on the athletic tournaments and area newspapers will report the scores and standings as well. What we would like to provide are the results of our OST teams, athletes as well as academics, in all of the events that they are representing this week. The next issue of OLN News will include a listing of those results as well as some pretty awesome photos.
Best of luck to all of the teams that are participating in the many events hosted by the Lakota Nation Invitational Committee.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to address some of the backlashes we received on social media about this newsletter. I initially thought that a response to some of the more ridiculous assumptions was not warranted; people made up their minds pretty quickly without even reading the first issue. However, I feel that it is necessary to be forthcoming with the information about what we are doing, beyond the pretty obviously stated goals published in the first issue.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe publishes the Oglala Lakota Nation News as a means of addressing the many requests for information that have always been coming from the communities, on and offreservation.
Many organizations create and publish a newsletter as a way of keeping their members and associates informed. Schools, colleges, businesses, civic organizations, and other Native Nations have used newsletters for that purpose.
It's an entirely appropriate way of getting information out to the people who not only seek it out but who deserve to be adequately informed with facts directly from the source. We have the staff and the department already set in place to handle this new avenue of information; there is no need to hire outside entities to create and release what should come directly from us to our tribal membership.
We aren't taking any money from any other program, and certainly not from any assistance budgets, and we aren't re-creating information that could have come from any other local source. I'm sure there are other questions concerning the creation of this newsletter, and the proper way of getting those questions answered is to contact us.
Let us know what the concerns are and what in formation you would like to know . We are on FB and Twitter, and our email address is email@example.com. Please reach out and let us know what you are thinking.
Social media is a best; it can be a powerful tool in breaking down walls and opening doors. It can also be used to create confusion and division where it doesn't need to exist. The Oglala Sioux Tribe is relatively new to the social media scene. It's going to take some time to get the flow of information from the tribe going strong. The Oglala Lakota Nation News is just one of our channels of information. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the flow is never slowed or shut off from our tribal members. Again, best of luck to All of the Lakota Nation Invitational participants. To the families of those athletes and scholars, good job in bringing out the best of your students and supporting them. Our next issue will be out the week of Christmas, so, from our office to your homes, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Please view the OLN News Letter by clicking on the cover photo.