Northwest Area School to hold Spelling Contest



Northwest Area Schools Spelling Contest is scheduled to be held Wednesday, April 12 at the Harding County School. Students from Bison, Dupree, Eagle Butte, Faith, Harding County, Lemmon, McIntosh, McLaughlin, Timber Lake and Tiospaye Topa Schools plan to participate. Students in grades first through eighth will be competing in both the Written and Oral Contest. Awards will be given to […]

City to seek additional funding for water project



The Eagle Butte City Council met in Special Session on Thursday night, to act on a number of issues tabled at the March 21 regular meeting. City Finance Officer Sheila Ganje reported that she had provided to the West River Eagle publication of all the requested documents from 2016 and 2017, which the South Dakota Office of Hearing Examiners ordered […]

March against Meth



Dupree Prom Royalty



After Grand March at the Dupree Prom, the 2017 Prom Royalty were crowned. Bailee Birkeland was named Queen and William Knight was named King. 

Dupree City Council seeks to sew the seeds of change and growth



“It seems like people in Dupree are scared to plant a tree, because tomorrow, it will dry up and blow away,” said Mayor Jim Veit at the Dupree City Council meeting after Council Woman UnaLee Howe, Ward I, suggested designating areas where people can safely set off fire works this summer.  The concern raised by Howe was that many youth […]

The Dupree School Lakota Club is up and going and very active  



There is an immense need for daily cultural education at Dupree School. Many students hunger for the knowledge of their language and culture. Due to the difficulty in hiring qualified teachers for Lakota, Dupree School has gone without a Lakota language and cultural teacher for over four years. During the school year 2015-16, students approached the high school guidance counselor, […]

DHS places at SDSM&T competition



Students came from all over the western part of the state, ranging from grades sixth to twelfth, to compete in the 62nd SD High Plains Regional Science and Engineering held at the SD School of Mines & Technology held on March 28. Dupree High School sent, under the direction of science instructor Mrs. Merretta Anderson, nine projects that competed in the […]

At the heart of it

The world was flat, until it wasn’t

We know we are right until we know we are not right.  This is an interesting statement. What does it mean? It means that we often know that whatever we are talking about is right, until we accept new information that changes our idea about what is right.  This notion of being right is an interesting one, and it has […]

Randolph’s Corner

Clean coal? Clean air?

As the last piles of snow melt into the once frozen tundra, you look at the various tree buds who seemingly can’t decide whether to pull the trigger and pop open. Leaving them vulnerable to late frosts and winter storms that one doesn’t know for sure what will happen these days.  One thing we take for granted living on the […]

Jonnelle Curley



Jonnelle Rae Curley, 32, of Eagle Butte, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Cheyenne River Healthcare Center, Eagle Butte, with her family by her side. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., MDT, Thursday, April 6, 2017, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson presiding. Burial will follow in the Iron Lightning Family Cemetery, Iron […]


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