C-EB prepares for 9-man football and newly formed ANC

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte’s football team gathered for their first practice, Thursday, August 15, preparing for a season that Senior Jordan Turning Heart said will be fun since he and his team will compete against their own people in the newly established All Nations Conference (ANC). While most of the players exude a calm confident going into the new conference, Head Coach […]

Cheyenne River students excel at Language Summer Institute

By Marion Blue Arm, University of South Dakota TRIO Educational Talent Search once again sponsored a great opportunity for our local students. Lečhála akhé wayáwa óta Lakȟótiyapi Language Summer Institutes (LSI) núŋpa el ópȟapi. Cliff Birkeland, Kaelynn Clown, Meredith Swiftbird, Wakinyan Afraid of Hawk, Lynda Charger, Jake Anderson Jr, Leafia Condon, Khalius In the Woods, Celia Looking Horse, Angel Johnson, […]

Native basketball action featured on Netflix

A new docuseries on Netflix called, “Basketball or Nothing” gained national attention and a fan following after its debut earlier this month. The series consists of six episodes which run about 30 minutes long, and follows the lives of the Chinle Wildcats basketball team during their 2017 season. Chinle High, the largest school on the Navajo reservation, is located in […]

People are strengthened by what people cannot give

People are strengthened by what people cannot give By Jody Rust What a person cannot give in a relationship is as important as what a person can give. Growing up, I established expectations for my parents based on what I saw other parents do or not do for or with their children. For a period of time, I spent my […]

A New Beginning

Hau mitakuyapi. Yá’át’ééh shik’éí dóó shidine’é (Hello my relatives and my people). It is my honor to write this editorial as the new Managing Editor of the West River Eagle. First of all, I would like to express my utmost gratitude and heartfelt thanks to my predecessor, Jody Rust, for her mentorship, guidance and friendship during my time with the […]

Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings: resources not just for teachers

  By Jody Rust Cultural initiatives seem to come and go in education, but one that has grown and is receiving more and more attention is the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) and the standards taught to help learners have a deeper understanding of the concepts. These seven “Essential Understandings” are: Lands and Environment, Identity and Resiliency, Culture and Language, […]

Panthers staff debut back to school commercials

  The first day of school is just around the corner! Last week, the staff at Timber Lake School released seven short commercials on their Facebook page which showcased their excitement for the upcoming school year. Each video is unique in theme, and features various staff members sharing messages about fitting in at a new school, being respectful, and helping […]

Alaina Beautiful Bald Eagle named new Managing Editor of West River Eagle

By Nancy Anderson  (General Manager, West River Eagle) I am pleased to announce that Alaina Beautiful Bald Eagle has been named the new Managing Editor of the West River Eagle. She succeeds Jody Rust, who served in the capacity since July 2017, and who will continue as a contributing writer and photographer. Alaina has been a member of the West […]

Gardening offers therapy and hope

  Austin Red Dog is a man on a mission: with a pruner in hand, he carefully moves large stems of a zucchini plant, inspecting each one before finding a squash that is ripe for the picking. Soon his arms are filled with plump and succulent squash. “We will prepare this for residents to eat. It will feed them for […]


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