D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denies CRST Religious Freedom appeal



On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s emergency motion for injunction pending appeal to stop the flow of oil in the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe while the appeals court considers the Tribe’s challenge pursuant to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”).  The case in the D.C. Circuit is […]

West River Eagle publisher to be inducted into newspaper Hall of Fame



Larry Atkinson, longtime publisher of the Mobridge Tribune and Reminder, is the 2017 inductee into the South Dakota Newspaper (SDNA) Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction will be held during the upcoming SDNA/NDNA convention Friday, April 28, in Aberdeen. Atkinson, and his wife, Roberta, also publish the Potter County News at Gettysburg and the West River Eagle at […]

Meth related convictions lead to banishments on Cheyenne River



It has been almost two years since the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council passed Resolution 182-2015-CR, banning tribal members and other individuals who have been convicted of dealing methamphetamine (meth) from the reservation in an effort to crackdown on the meth epidemic rampant on Cheyenne River. Although the action was applauded, many were skeptical that it would actually happen. Fast […]

Oster Funeral Home to open new chapel in Eagle Butte at former Rooks Funeral Home



Taylor Oster and Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge, South Dakota will be opening Oster Funeral Chapel in Eagle Butte, South Dakota on April 1, 2017.  The chapel will be located at 200 Fox Ridge Road in the former Rooks Funeral Home facility. Charlie Rooks built the facility and opened it in 2013, with the intentions of it being the only […]

Family Health Center of Eagle Butte to upgrade electronic health record system



 Things may look different around the Family Health Center of Eagle Butte in the next few weeks as Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) has announced plans to upgrade their current Electronic Health Record system. Horizon has partnered with eClinicalWorks as their new system vendor.  Horizon is excited to be moving forward with a new Electronic Health Record system that meets […]

Search and Rescue Training to be held



On March 28, 2017, Harold Tiger with CRST Emergency Management will be holding a meeting at the fitness center health education training room at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the creation of a CRST Search & Rescue Team. If you are interested in taking the train come and sign up at the meeting and see the schedule.  Tiger will also be […]

Timber Lake priest appointed Bishop of Diocese of Cheyenne



Rev. Steven Biegler of Timber Lake has been appointed as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne. Fr. Biegler, of the clergy of the Diocese of Rapid City, is currently the Vicar General and pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in Rapid City. His Episcopal Ordination and Installation will take place on June 5, 2017 […]

This is how I picture it

Earth Day is a month away, lets have a clean up

Monday was the official first day of spring and with the mild temperatures, it sure feels like it. With the warmer temperatures this late in March, it might be safe to say we are in the homestretch with winter in our rearview mirror. With that said we still are in South Dakota, and one thing that is certain about the […]

At the heart of it

No Man is an Island

“No Man is an Island” No man is an island entire of itself; every man  is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;  if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe  is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as  well as any manner of thy friends or of thine  own were; any […]

A diversity of issues impacting agriculture



I love what Bridger Gordon, a student from Whitewood, SD, wrote about agriculture: “Agriculture encompasses – and enhances – the entire environment, harnessing soil, water, sunlight to produce food, habitat, employment.” That observation helped Bridger win a national essay contest this year, which came with a $1,000 prize and a trip to Washington, DC, to celebrate National Ag Day on […]


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