All Chiefs Wacipi rooted in traditions, remembrance, and honor


True to the spirit and strength of the west end communities, the 21st Annual Naca Wica Yuonihan Hanpi Wacipi All Chiefs Powwow, took place over the weekend in Cherry Creek, despite the heavy snowfall, white-out road conditions, and below-freezing temperatures. The traditional wacipi was filled with exhibition dancing, honorings, giveaways, dance specials and remembrance. Black and white photos of past […]

Climate change leads to debates about how to adapt to the new normal


On Thanksgiving, the White House released the Fourth Climate Assessment, and one message that is repeated throughout the assessment is that the increased temperature of the Earth will cause greater variability in weather patterns. Mother Nature seemed to be on call for a full demonstration of the message from the report, as we have seen temperatures go from 40 degrees […]

First Baptist Church of Eagle Butte distributes food to the hungry


This is what the inside of our church looks like right now. Bags of food, ready for distribution to the hungry Food Stamp users of this community. The churches of the Cheyenne River Reservation, in cooperation with the Mustard Seed, went after this task with vigor, and the Holy Spirit blessed our efforts. The distribution is all ready to go […]

FOIA: what it is and why it is important for every citizen


The Freedom of Information Act was passed in 1967 and protects U.S. citizens’ right to know what is going on in their government institutions. Commonly referred to as FOIA, the act requires public agencies to post or provide access to information for the public, especially if it is information that is commonly requested. When information is not commonly requested, citizens […]

State & National News

National: Trump declares border security a national emergency President Donald J. Trump established a National Emergency after signing a funding bill Congress passed offering only $1.3 billion of the money Trump requested specifically for a physical barrier between the U.S. and the Mexican border, according to a report on NPR.org. Trump indicated in his announcement the emergency is to stop […]

The dangers of an invincible mindset linger at below zero degrees


The people who have an invincible mindset are often young. They walk into the wind with their hoodies up, often only a T-shirt beneath, a pair of jeans, socks and tennis shoes.  Whatever the temperature, they strike out into the great outdoors, hands deep in shallow pockets. They may figure that the distance from one door to the next is […]

Letter to the Editor . . .

Lakota language deficit a product of Manifest Destiny Lakota Language Teachers were terminated at C-EB schools because they accepted differential pay from the tribe in 2010 and 2011 to supplement their salaries, which were and still are well-below the salaries received by teachers in other disciplines such as math or art with equivalent qualifications, certification and experience. The CRST tribal […]

Good students suspend disbelief; great students suspend belief


In literature, we teach our students to suspend disbelief when they approach a work of fiction. Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote Biographia literaria or biographical sketches in of my literary life and opinions in 1817. In it, he wrote this: “In this idea originated the plan of the ‘Lyrical Ballads’; in which it was agreed, that my endeavours should be directed […]

Voices of Political Leaders…


Hello all, it was another busy week in the legislature. The legislature will be finding itself working late into the evening as next week will have a large number of bills running through. First of all, I would like to give a shout out to my page Alex Peterson. Alex is the daughter of Mike and Shelly Peterson of Parade. […]

Partnership creates opportunities for Rapid City Middle School students Lakota Circles of Hope offered at Rapid City Middle Schools after school program

RAPID CITY, SD, – Lakota Circles of Hope prevention curriculum is now being offered to students in Rapid City middle schools thanks to a partnership between Catholic Social Services (CSS) and Rural America Initiatives (RAI). Ateyape Wicozani, a RAI program, staff received training in December and have begun offering LCH to students in the Rapid City Middle Schools, grades 6-8 […]


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