Recognize Langdeau For 40 Years Of Service
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Joey Langdeau of Lower Brule was recognized for 40 years of service to the Lower Brule Commodity Program. He was presented a tribal resolution approving Oct. 21 as “Joey Langdeau Appreciation Day.” The resolution read, “Whereas, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is a federally recognized Indian tribe organized pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and whereas, as empowered by the constitution and bylaws, Article VI, Section 1 (e), the tribal council as authorized by law to safeguard and promote the peace, safety, morals and general welfare of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and to regulate and conduct of trade and the use and disposition of property upon the reservation provided that any ordinance directly affecting non-members of the reservation shall be subject to review by the Secretary of the Interior and whereas, Joey Langdeau has been a devoted employee to the Lower Brule Commodity Program for the past 40 years and whereas, commodity program director respectfully requests Oct. 21 be dedicated as Joey Langdeau Appreciation Day and now therefore be resolved, that the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council does recognize Joey Langdeau’s dedication as an employee; be it further resolved that the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council does hereby declare Oct. 21 as Joey Langdeau Appreciation Day.” Langdeau was also the featured guest at an open house on Thursday, Oct. 22. “Things have changed a lot over the years,” said Langdeau. “When we were in the old building, we had to chip away the ice. I spent 23
years at the old building and now I have been here 17 in this building. I’ve probably had five or six directors in the time I have worked. I started working 20 hours a week at the warehouse, part-time, then I went to 40 hours a week, full-time. I’m always in the warehouse, cleaning and doing inventory at night. I plan on working until my whole body gives out.” Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Langdeau can be found working at the big blue commodity building. Langdeau lists watching movies as one of his hobbies. Program Director Audree Estes stated, “Joey is always on time. He is very respectful and dependable. He likes his routine and he likes to make sure everything is secure before he leaves the building.” Langdeau, front center, was presented a star quilt by Jason Goodface, back left, commodity certifier; Audree Estes, front left, program director and Tribal Chairman Clyde Estes.