Breaking News: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe experiencing flooding and severe weather

Eagle Butte, SD, March 27, 2019— The Moreau River valley is experiencing record breaking flooding on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation. Voluntary evacuations have been requested by the CRST government. Some homes already isolated by rising water and several residents had to be evacuated by helicopter. More rescues are scheduled for today as the river is not expected to […]

Governor Noem surveys flooded areas on Cheyenne River: This is a major flood event, stay cautious says CRST

On Monday, March 25, Governor Kristi Noem toured areas along the Moreau River that are affected by flooding. CRST has been in a State of Emergency since March 5, and requested the state to assist with snow removal after storms “experienced more than 30” of snowfall since the beginning of the year” according to the emergency declaration. The snowfall, high […]

Cheyenne River Youth Project expands programming at its Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute

EAGLE BUTTE, SD — The Cheyenne River Youth Project has announced a significant expansion in programming at its Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. This expansion has added a prerequisite course and a full arts fellowship to the Waniyetu Wowapi curriculum. Starting this spring, art students will be able to take a three-week “Arts Basics” course, […]

Flood insurance in SD? — better safe than sorry suggests some ranchers

Farming and ranching are not only ways of life for many South Dakotans, they are also a livelihood- farmers and ranchers work year-round, in every weather condition, to ensure their crop and cattle yield the greatest return from that hard work and financial investment. One of the most important decisions farmers and ranchers have to make is what kind of […]

Zach Ducheneaux appointed Executive Director for IAC

At the regular quarterly meeting the Board of Directors of the Intertribal Agriculture Council moved unanimously to appoint Zach Ducheneaux, member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, as the organization’s new Executive Director. Part of a transition plan first envisioned during a quarterly meeting in 2014 by then Executive Director Ross Racine, this move makes Zach only the 3rd person […]

Agricultural economy falls across South Dakota and Great Plains

A 5-year slide in the agricultural economy in South Dakota and across the Great Plains has left many producers operating at a loss and is putting some in jeopardy of losing their farms. A major decline in most commodity prices is the primary cause of the losses, but extended drought and recent flooding combined with a lingering trade war with […]

Governor Noem signs bill to increase transparency in government settlements

Signs 18 bills into law on a variety of topics PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem today signed SB59, a transparency bill that prevents the state government from entering into secret lawsuit settlements and makes these state legal agreements public record.    “South Dakotans deserve to know where their hard–earned tax dollars are being spent, but current law allows the […]

Annual drinking water reports required by the EPA

Annual drinking water reports required by the EPA The U.S. Environmental Protections Agency requires water suppliers to put out an annual drinking quality report for customers, allowing customers to make practical and knowledgeable decisions about their use of water in their communities, according to South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). “EPA developed this rule in consultation with […]

State & National News

National: Immigration at southern border hits 10-year high Unauthorized crossings at the southern border have increased in recent months, according to a report on National Public Radio. Roughly “76,000 people tried, including 43,000 children and family members, many fleeing violence and poverty in Central America,” the report indicated. President Donald J. Trump called the increase an invasion, but despite the supportive […]

Drifting in and out of empathy: a moral dilemma

Empathy is an ability to recognize the emotions of others. Training videos often show that one accepts the other person’s emotional state and does not “fix” it. So if someone is crying and upset, you may just sit with that person quietly, or offer a hug. But it is not always easy to determine when we should we show empathy, […]

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