Lakota Winter Counts and Generosity

In response to whether or not Lakota celebrate Christmas, a similar message was consistent, “Christmas is not Lakota.” Although Christmas is celebrated by some Lakota families today, traditionally  Lakotas were a nomadic people and typically roamed the Great Plains territory with precision and intent. So efficient were the people at strategic mobilization that they could travel many miles a day, […]

Merry Christmas

The celebration of Christmas as a religiously-based holiday has been around since the 4th century when the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its official religion. The Christmastide, or Yuletide, begins the evening of December 24, or December 25 and lasts through January 6, ending with the Epiphany, which is the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the […]

Code Talkers honored at LNI

On Friday, December 15, Code Talkers from across the Great Sioux Nation were honored at the Lakota National Invitational in Rapid City. In 2013, Code Talkers from 33 tribes were presented with Silver Congressional Medals for their dedication and valor during World Wars I and II. A special grand entry was conducted with veteran color guards from four Lakota tribes, […]

Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union moves ATM

Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union has moved their ATM from the Motel in Eagle Butte to the IHS Hospital Emergency Room.  Pictured left to right are  Melinda Selby, Faith Branch Manager, Carmen Lemmel Loan Officer, and Brent Dirk VP Operations.


In last weeks issue of the WRE we mistakenly named Brown Wolf’s father as Bruce and the correct name is Oliver. Our apologies.

Hulk Hogan sends message of solidarity with tribes

On Friday, December 14, Ernest Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association presented Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier with an autographed photo from wrestling icon, Hulk Hogan. In 2005, Stevens, Jr. and Hulk Hogan co-founded the Dreamseekers Foundation, a non-profit organization which aims to help native youth and families throughout Indian Country. According to Stevens, Jr., […]

Chairman Frazier attends Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association quarterly meeting

The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) met for their quarterly meeting in Rapid City from December 15-16. The association is comprised of sixteen tribes from South Dakota, North Dakota, and Nebraska. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier serves as chairman of the organization. Over the course of two days, the GPTCA discussed issues such as current legislation, budget, […]

Eagle Butte Woman Sentenced for Criminal Contempt

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman convicted of Criminal Contempt was sentenced on December 12, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Demi Marie Gunville, age 25, was sentenced to 3 days in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, 27 days of home confinement, a fine of $1,000, and […]

At the heart of it… An ode to my parents

At this point my heart is racing. With only an hour before I need to leave to catch my flight, I sit in the newspaper office pounding away at the keyboard, once again rushing to meet deadline. Lord knows that if I miss my flight, my mother, daughter and sister will be very upset with me, especially since I am […]

A New Era

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of 2017. January started with the inauguration of President Trump, ushering in a new era focused on making America great again. In the year that was to follow, the U.S. House of Representatives passed more than 460 bills – far surpassing recent averages. More than 90 of them have made it […]

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