Turtle Creek Crossing Grand Opening
TURTLE CREEK CROSSING - The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has officially declared their new grocery store open. Special guests and visitors enjoyed free food samples, cake and Lakota Water to celebrate last week. Children who attended the festivities received prizes for playing games set up especially for them.
Several door prizes were also offered to shoppers. A 42 inch television, 2 barbeque grills, a mountain bike, gift certificates and 100 bags of groceries are being given away in a series of drawings sponsored by the new supermarket.
"There is 80 acres here to bring more business to this area. This store was created all because of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal people, we want our people to be treated real good and wanted a store that would not raise prices every food stamp day," stated President Rodney Bordeaux. "Our main partners are our tribal citizens and others who come here to shop."
"Our Tribes have power, everything starts as a thought, our minds are powerful and dissention is always a given because someone will always counteract your thought," stated Egan "Butch" Artichoker who formerly served as the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) Director. "This project was done without any investment capital and it was much bigger than the Rosebud Casino's fuel plaza. We need to think in terms of this grocery store as our child and put our minds together to support it so it can be successful."
"As some of you are aware, there is a business down the road that didn't want this project to happen and went as far as to approach us to ask that it didn't get our financial help; that man didn't realize how strong Indians can be when they unite," stated Bill Ridnicki who spoke on behalf of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. "Sovereignty means a lot to you and me but sometimes it doesn't mean a whole lot to others. On our reservation in Minnesota we have small businesses too and we always tell our Tribal members to support them, I ask you today to support your store."
Other special guests included Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribal members Charlie Vig and Kara Kiser who participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Master of Ceremonies was Walter Bear Shield. Prayers were offered by Chief Roy Stone, Sr. and Deacon Ben Black Bear, Jr. Other guest speakers included Lonnie Schultz (Store Manager), Christian Morrison (REDCO Director), Bruce Jenkins (SuperValu), Tim Fischer (SuperValu), Mark Patterson (Native American Bank), Marcella Hurley (SD Small Business Administration), along with Jesse Ewing and Jean Faber who are both staff members of Senator John Thune's office.
Winners in the initial prize drawing were: Gary Little Thunder, Churd family, Bernadine Kills Plenty, Candace Waln, Chad White Feather Sr., Neal Kramer, Kyle Running Horse, Rita Big Crow, Racine Whirlwind Soldier, Theodore Hatten, Jennifer Gunhammer, Kayo Smith, Lindsay Jones, Hubert Dillon, Julie Peneaux, Feri Veloz, Valentino DeNoyer, Stan La- Pointe, Marjorie Edwards, Delores Starboy, Rueben Fool Bull, Dora Roether, Karen Reifel, Travis Olson Sr., and Burt Kills In Water.
Also, Butch Artichoker, Joyce Cook, Rachel Wooden Knife, Richard Running Enemy, Joann Young, Gerald Gunhammer, Stephanie Young, Rachel Bruguier, Nicole Lybarger, Richard Running Enemy, Brenda Little Shield, Victoria Burnette, Ray Martin, Mike Yellow Eagle, Tracy Shot With Two Arrows, Lacey Hunger, Pam Bordeaux, Crystal Night Pipe, Dusty Haukaas, Shannon Castaway, Julia Leneaugh, Cherish Bull Bear, Roy Stone Sr., C. Steve Brave, and Tom Biedenbender.