Sounding the alarm takes more than high winds


High-wind advisories and tornado warnings became the norm during this past week’s severe storms, which left a path of destruction. Winds on Cheyenne River were estimated to have reached between 60 and 70 miles per hour, with several parts of South Dakota reaching 100 miles per hour. Based on reports from local businesses and residences, the estimated damage and loss […]

Incubator: groundbreaking business for Eagle Butte


In 2000 and the subsequent early years of the Four Bands Community Fund Center, the movers and shakers of the organization had a vision to create a space where they could train and fortify people with the power of entrepreneurship. Friday June 8, the day of the ground-breaking ceremony , marks the realization of this dream. The building will be […]

WRE Father’s Day Honoring Contest winners

The winning entry for the photo contest goes to Laci Hale, she titled the image “A father and his two kids”. She will receive a beaded watch, a free 3-month subscription to the West River Eagle, two tickets and a free combo to 7th Generation Cinema. There was a tie for first place in the poem category. Trisha Kennedy will […]

Just Breathe awards two scholarships


Just Breathe Non-Profit Suicide Awareness Campaign awarded scholarships to two area seniors. Claudia Iron Hawk, graduate of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School, received a scholarship in the amount of $500 and a star quilt. Bailee Birkeland, graduate of Dupree High School, was awarded a $250 scholarship. Scholarship applicants had to submit a 500-600 word essay answering the questions: How has suicide […]

Radio towers rise over Eagle Butte

Skitter TV offered through CRST Telephone Authority


Skitter® TV is now available through the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority. Skitter® TV is an television service available to CRST Telephone Authority customers which offers a full lineup of channels, including local channels from Rapid City, SD. According to CRSTTA General Manager Mona Thompson, delivery of this new service offering is made possible by years of deploying fiber […]

Reflective Discussion techniques training seeks to bridge divides


A training on Reflective Discussions was offered as a part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” theme for this year’s Festival of Books, which is hosted by the South Dakota Humanities Council. The training took place in Aberdeen on June 6 and Brookings on June 7, and was conducted by the Oregon Humanities Council’s Executive Director Adam Davis and […]

Combating Methamphetamines in Indian Country Conference


If it “takes a village to raise a child”, as the saying goes, then it also takes a village to pull together and tackle the difficult issues that are tearing at the community’s fabric. The methamphetamine epidemic currently plaguing so many areas of the country and this state is also affecting Indian Country, and South Dakota’s tribal communities, including Cheyenne […]

Elder of the Week

Name:  Caroline Sand From: Eagle Butte Age: 60 Message about wacipi and importance of dancing: “Dancing keeps the culture alive. It takes families to work together to help dancers: grandmothers sewing regalia, teaching the different songs, and meaning about dance moves. The more people dance, the more our culture survives. Go to wacipis and share our culture with one another. […]

Parents Complete ICWA classes


Five parents from Cheyenne River completed the May session of parenting classes provided by the Indian Child Welfare Act office in Eagle Butte. Since April, the ICWA office has provided free classes on topics ranging from the role of the father, seven Lakota values, how drugs and alcohol endanger children, and positive discipline. ICWA case manager LaRay Four Bear, said […]


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