Storm Ulmer drops on the plains: winds lock-down towns, melting threatens infrastructure

Drifts reaching rooftops, blocking roads and doorways, burying cars and cows resulted from the accumulation of snow as waves of winter storms brought life to halting stops and sputtering restarts over the past few months.  In the latest storm, called Ulmer, snow was redistributed by strong winds, and the thawing and freezing temperature variations have made keeping up with the […]

Agweek edition moved from March 21 to March 28 due to adverse weather conditions

According to, Ag Day will be celebrated on March 14, 2019. National Ag Day falls during National Ag Week, March 10-16, 2019. The Agriculture Council of America hosts the campaign on a national level and encourages Americans to recognize the contribution of agriculture to everyday lives. It also encourages people to make an effort to “understand how food and […]

State & National News

State: Noem Encourages Residents of Big Sioux River Valley to Prepare for Flooding SD State News| Winter snowmelt and rain have raised the water levels in Big Sioux River Valley areas north of Watertown to south of Sioux Falls. At this time, the National Weather Service predicts that when flooding starts sometime this weekend or next week, the flooding levels […]

9th Circuit federal judge rules against TransCanada

Ruling upholds injunction, a win for CRST says Chairman Frazier A March 15 court ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals against TransCanada is proclaimed as a win by tribal nations and environmental protectors throughout the Great Plains region. In yet another blow, the energy corporation lost its bid to lift an injunction which blocked construction and some pre-construction […]

NWA Schools Spelling Bee March 27 in Timber Lake

Northwest Area Schools Spelling Contest is scheduled to be held Wednesday, March 27 at the Timber Lake School. Students from Bison, Dupree, Eagle Butte, Faith, Harding County, Lemmon, McIntosh, McLaughlin, Smee, Timber Lake and Tiospaye Topa Schools plan to participate. Students in grades 1 – 8 will be competing in both the Written and Oral Contest.  Awards will be given […]

Study: South Dakota Faces Growing Urban-Rural Digital Divide

South Dakota is threatened by a growing urban-rural digital divide, endangering residents’ quality of life and economic development efforts unless significant investments are made in advanced mobile technology, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of South Dakota and Virginia’s Old Dominion University interviewed and surveyed rural South Dakota residents last fall to determine their perceptions of coverage, capacity […]

Trump’s veto of House bill to end State of Emergency for the wall shows more bravado than common sense

Fear is a powerful motivator, and leaders throughout history have used it to shape popular opinion, motivate obedience, and dupe the public. The fearful cries President Donald J. Trump amplifies from his entourage about the threats on the southern border pose a hauntingly dark shadow over an already bleak four years in the United States Presidency. Trump assembled an array […]

CRST Tribal Chairman Frazier’s Column

Statement from Chairman Harold Frazier regarding proposal by Governor Kristi Noem to add tribal flag to capitol rotunda Another decision by you, Governor Kristi Noem, has been made without the consent of the Lakota people and has resulted in an embarrassing situation for the state. It is embarrassing because your actions and decision were done without our consent. The Cheyenne […]

Awareness, assumptions and arses assemble en masse

Over the weekend I traveled over ice, snow and rough terrain to Sioux Falls. We saw Facebook posts of other West River people who bumped their way to the east side of the river for various reasons. Some were there for prom dresses, others for basketball games and still others, like us, to visit someone in the hospital. On Sunday […]

National Emergency Declaration: A primer

Congress and the administration have been in a months-long debate over border barrier funding. In fact, it was this debate that led to the longest partial government shutdown in our history. The shutdown ended in February after Congress passed a funding bill that allotted $1.4 billion to fund physical barriers along our southern border. This will pay for approximately 55 […]

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