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Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation swears in its 1st female chief and a majority female council – CBC

by ahnationtalk on August 8, 201936 Views

Aug 08, 2019

Roberta Soo-Oyewaste defeated longstanding previous chief by 6 votes

History was made at Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation last week as its first-ever female chief was sworn in, along with a six-member council, the majority of whom are women.

“Let’s get to work, we have a lot of work ahead of us,” were Chief Roberta Soo-Oyewaste’s first words to her new council last Friday.

Soo-Oyewaste, 50, grew up on the Standing Buffalo reserve 11 km west of the neighbouring town of Fort Qu’ Appelle, where she raised her four sons.

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