Notice from June 19, 2001

May 24, 2001

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
OF THE U.S. SENTENCING COMMISSION

The United States Sentencing Commission will hold a public hearing in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Tuesday, June 19, 2001, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United States Courthouse, Courtroom No.1, 515 Ninth Street. The Commission, an independent agency within the judicial branch, is charged with the responsibility for promulgating the sentencing guidelines for courts to use when sentencing those convicted in federal court and for advising Congress on sentencing policy.

The Commission is holding this hearing in response to the March 2000 Report of the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, which recommends an assessment of the impact of the United States Sentencing Guidelines on Native Americans. Native Americans in Indian Country may be subject to federal criminal prosecution. Defendants convicted in federal court are sentenced in accordance with federal statutes and the federal sentencing guidelines which, in some cases, may have more serious penalties than similar state laws that apply to crimes committed off reservation land.

The nine tribal chairs from the South Dakota Indian tribes, or their designated representatives, will address the Commission at this hearing. The Commission will also hear from representatives of the law enforcement and legal defense communities, and victim rights advocates. Interested members of the public may attend the hearing and may submit written comments to the Commission on or before June 21, 2001.

Comments should be addressed to:

United States Sentencing Commission
Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building
Suite 2-500, South Lobby
One Columbus Circle, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-8002
Attn: Michael Courlander, Public Affairs

Public Hearing of the U.S. Sentencing Commission

June 19, 2001

United States Courthouse, Courtroom No. 1
515 Ninth Street
Rapid City, South Dakota
9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. 

WELCOME/INTRODUCTION

Judge Diana E. Murphy, Chair

OPENING PRAYER

Gregg Bourland, Chair, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

BACKGROUND ON COMMISSION/PURPOSE OF HEARING

Judge Diana E. Murphy, Chair

PANEL I

Elsie Meeks, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
John Yellow Bird Steele, President, Oglala Sioux Tribe
William Kindle, President, Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Gregg Bourland, Chair, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Michael Jandreau, Chair, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

PANEL II

Tom J. Peckham, Esq., Nordhaus, Haltom, Taylor, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Andrew Grey, Sr., Chair, Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe
Tom Ranfranz, Chair, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
Roxanne Sazue, Chair, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe (invited)
Madonna Archambeau, Chair, Yankton Sioux Tribe (invited)
Charles Murphy, Chair, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

PANEL III

The Honorable Lawrence L. Piersol, Chief United States District Judge
Michelle G. Tapken, Interim U.S. Attorney, South Dakota
Marlys Pecora, Victims Witness Specialist, Office of the U.S. Attorney, Pierre, South Dakota
Ted L. McBride, Esq.,Beadsley, Jensen & Von Wald, Rapid City, South Dakota
Robert Van Norman, Esq., Federal Public Defender, Rapid City, South Dakota
Lisa Thompson, Executive Director, Child Advocacy Center, Ft. Thompson, South Dakota

PANEL IV

Professor Frank R. Pommersheim, University of South Dakota School of Law
Terry L. Pechota, Esq., Viken, Viken, Pechota, Leach & Dewell, L.L.P.
Marty Hansford, District Manager, BIA

CLOSING REMARKS

Judge Diana E. Murphy, Chair

(Panel participants are subject to change.)