Military personnel make personal sacrifices of freedom and life in protective service to America and its ideals


The citizens of the United States are only civilians when distinguished from the country’s military personnel. Movies have depicted the difference between the two citizenship experiences – the civilian before he or she enters the military and the soldier who returns home. Some returning soldiers are better for the training and discipline they learned and practiced in their service to […]

Election Day welcomes voters of the CRST

Interactive media launch warrants a freebie – Here’s your WRE – for FREE! It’s on us!


The West River Eagle launched interactive media on September 13, 2018. Interactive media is a new and exciting way to share videos and photos of events that are covered in our newspaper. Readers can download the free West River app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store onto their mobile device to begin watching videos or seeing […]

Swift Bird Head Start construction has begun


The brand new school is one of five on the reservation according to www.headstartprogram.us. The Cheyenne River Head Start in Swift Bird will provide child care and early education for children and families who need the time and help preparing them for Tiospaye Topa School. Children 3-5 years of age can be cared for while young parents are able to […]

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

Meghan Tompkins joins the Cheyenne River Youth Project as Deputy Director

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (Nov. 1, 2018) — The Cheyenne River Youth Project announced today that Meghan Tompkins is joining its full-time staff as deputy director. In her new role, Tompkins will be responsible for developing the nonprofit youth organization’s strategic plan and budget, and providing coordination and oversight of all fundraising activities. She also will be deeply involved in program […]

A permanent solution to the revolving debt cycle

Eagle Butte, South Dakota – November 2, 2018 – Four Bands Community Fund has been deploying credit builder loans for over 10 years, which has helped over 700 people clear up outstanding debt and raise their credit scores an average of 69 points.  While this is impressive, Four Bands detected a pattern in how people were using the credit builder […]

SD Native American schools consider separate football league


PIERRE — Native American schools in South Dakota are considering forming their own high school football conference. The conference would be separate from the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The SDHSAA board learned about the proposed All Nations Football Conference at its October meeting on Wednesday. SDHSAA Executive Director Dan Swartos said the schools are considering the conference in […]

Cheyenne River Youth Project brings back award-winning Main University, holds graduation ceremony for eight children

EAGLE BUTTE, SD (Nov. 2, 2018) — One of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s most beloved programs returned this fall, when the nonprofit youth organization held a six-week edition of its award-winning Main University. Recipient of a “Champion for Children” award from the South Dakota Coalition for Children, Main University is designed for 4- to 12-year-olds who attend The Main […]

Local organizations participate in South Dakota Day of Giving

Eagle Butte, South Dakota – November 6, 2018 – Giving Tuesday (also known as #Giving-Tuesday on social media) has become a well-known global day of giving that is celebrated the Tues-day after Thanksgiving. Following the widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is meant to inspire generosity during the holiday season. And, many non-profits leverage the […]


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