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Mission of the Department
The Department is a tribally chartered, professional law-enforcement agency that serves the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Its mission is twofold:
A. The Department helps to prevent outside interests from encroaching upon the sovereign status of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, as guaranteed in treaties, statues, court decisions, Executive Orders, and the Constitution of the United States of America.
B. The Department maintains peace and social order among the people living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Department pursues its mission by enforcing tribal and federal law, upholding the Constitution and By-laws of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and carrying out lawful decisions of the various branches of tribal government, the Tribal Council, the Oglala Sioux Tribal President, and the Oglala Tribal Courts.
It is the Wiohanble (Vision) of the Department of Public Safety to come together, with our Oyate (People) to provide safe and healthy Tiospaye's (Extended Families). Guided by our cultural beliefs and traditions, we shall provide professional law enforcement services and protection for all. With respect, dignity and courtesy, we shall be role models for the Oyate (People).
Chapter 2-Legal, Mission, Philosophy & Purpose
Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety
The OST DPS serves nearly 50,000 people over 3.2 million acres on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The OST Department of Public Safety is a P.L. 93-638 Self Determination Contract to provide Law Enforcement services. Currently FY 2013’s budget for Law Enforcement is 3.6 million which includes the sequestration reduction.
The commitment to provide services to the Oglala Oyate in a Respectful-Compassionate-Dedicated-Humble-Honorable way is paramount. I am dedicated to protection through traditional Lakota values and fostering a positive relationship with the communities across the Pine Ridge Reservation. It is important to develop our program and officers to place an emphasis on professionalism, integrity and service.