Just five days remain to help the Cheyenne River Youth Project bring Santa Claus to 1,600+ children

CRYP staff reports than more than 400 “Dear Santa” letters remain to be adopted in this final week before the Christmas holiday.

The Cheyenne River Youth Project is reaching out to its supporters and friends this week in a final push to bring Santa Claus to more than 1,600 children on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Lakota reservation. According to Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director, more than 400 “Dear Santa” letters remain to be adopted—with just five days left until Christmas. […]

SD Department of Public Safety officials urge driver safety during holidays



Whether celebrating the holiday season at home or traveling somewhere, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety encourages people to be safe.  The holidays are a busy time involving numerous activities. With so much happening these next two weeks, DPS officials say it is important to still be safety conscious.  Home fires are more prevalent during the holidays, according to […]

Final day for viewing Capitol Christmas trees December 26



The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Monday. The display is open daily to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST through Monday, Dec. 26. Representatives of organizations and communities who decorated the trees will return to Pierre on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, to take the […]

Anglers reminded to use caution while ice fishing



With the recent temperatures, South Dakota lakes, ponds and sloughs are freezing quickly. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials urge anglers, snowmobilers and recreationists to take extreme caution when venturing out.  “We know winter recreationists are excited to get out, but we are encouraging people to use extreme caution when going out on the ice,” said John Lott, […]

USDA announces the availability of funding for manufactured home repair or rehab



U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) South Dakota Acting State Director Bruce Jones today announced last week the availability of USDA loan and grant funding for South Dakotans who want to repair or rehabilitate a mobile or manufactured home.  “In many places in rural Tribal areas there is a high percentage of manufactured homes that are in need of repairs.  Finding […]

Big Eagle receives 15 years for second degree murder



22 year old Corbyn Big Eagle, of Eagle Butte was sentenced to 180 months in federal custody, followed by five years of supervised release, for the June 2015 stabbing death of Austin Miner. Big Eagle pled guilty to the charge of Second Degree Murder on September 7, 2016. On June 16, 2015, during a social gathering at Big Eagle’s residence […]

Meeter sentenced for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine



United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 21, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Wambli Meeter, age 34, was sentenced to time served, which had been approximately 12 months in custody and treatment, 2 years of supervised release, a […]

A Christmas reminder from Laura Ingalls Wilder



Christmas is a special time in South Dakota, and it was no less special in the 1880s. Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of The Little House on the Prairie series, lived on a homestead near De Smet, and wrote about Christmas in Dakota Territory in “The Long Winter.” Even if the train was unable to reach De Smet at Christmas time, Santa […]

Investing in infrastructure is an investment in the future



In 2017, with a new president in office and a reinvigorated Congress eager to get to work, finding ways to help grow our economy will be a top priority in Washington. For the first time in nearly a decade, we will have an executive branch willing to work with us to reform the tax code and undo many of the […]

A look back at the 114th Congress



Being South Dakota’s lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives has been the honor of a lifetime. With the current administration in place, progress on big issues – like tax reform and the repeal and replacement of Obamacare – has been slow, but I’m confident change will come soon.   Still, many things have been accomplished. In fact, during the […]


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