Rapid City, (KEVN-TV) He began his notable run in tribal government almost 40 years ago, and he's secured his place as a historical figure throughout Indian Country and beyond.
Thursday, John Yellow Bird Steele, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was the morning's guest speaker at 'The Garage' in downtown Rapid City.
One topic on the table for discussion was alcohol and marijuana coming to the reservations.
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe recently sparked debate after planning to open the country's first marijuana resort.
That plan has not only been postponed, but the tribe also destroyed its marijuana crop.
President Steele says bad things would not happen if people were not under the influence.
John Yellow Bird Steele, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe said, "People's lives have been impacted negatively by it for so long that we would just stand up and oppose it."
President Steele says drugs and alcohol will not be allowed on the Pine Ridge Reservation as long as he is president.