Rosebud, SD (KELO AM) – Senator Larry Pressler continued his listening tour and examination of Indian country with a visit to the Rosebud tribal President Cyril Scott and his entire economic development team. They discussed several projects for economic development that will help make the Indian people more self-sufficient. One of those is a greenhouse project for the Rosebud reservation to grow and market tilapia fish. The tribe has been working for two years on major aquaculture development. “The further development of aquaculture and agriculture on the Rosebud reservation promises that the reservation could become self-sufficient in the future,” said Senator Pressler. “We need real jobs that pay real wages and produce real products for profit from the reservation.”
Pressler was previously a sponsor of ‘Operation Bootstrap,’ a program that would help private development of businesses and jobs on the reservation. “We need real business plans, real bank loans, and real cooperation with the federal government to develop jobs and economic development on the reservations. The growing and marketing of tilapia fish is a very real possibility on the Rosebud tribal lands.”
In the meeting and in a subsequent conversation with President Scott, Pressler also talked about the Indian health service. The tribal team that Senator Pressler met with complained that the delays and waits for doctor’s appointments in the Indian health service are much greater than were the veteran’s hospitals’ waiting time. Now that the veteran’s hospitals’ problems have been fixed, the Native Americans want the Indian Health Service similarly fixed. Pressler discussed his plan to blend in a part of the Affordable Care Act to fix the Indian Health Service. Pressler also discussed a host of other issues on what the tribe wants the next US Senator from South Dakota to work on. “I was delighted to listen to their concerns. We must do better in terms of Native American relations in the state of South Dakota. If I am sent back to the Senate, I will do so.” Pressler also presented the tribe with a number of plans and ideas, and specific, detailed legislation that he plans to introduce on behalf of the Native American people.