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Come work with us!

West River Eagle seeks freelance writers and photographers

Easy work, lots of support, tons of fun!

You do not need to be able to write, just have a story in your heart and a phone in your pocket.

We need pictures of everyday life: playing basketball, puddles after the rain, your unci and lala. $5 per picture. Work as much or as little as you like. $3 per column inch.

Read on for the epic reasons why you should join us, and the deeper reasons why it’s a profound good for the world.

The mission of the West River Eagle is to be a voice for the community.

In Eagle Butte, on Cheyenne River, and in South Dakota, that means being a voice for the whole community; Native and white, born and raised in South Dakota and from away, been here for 14 generations or for four, Native Lakota speakers and English speakers, people with Native American heritage, European heritage, African heritage, Asian heritage; farmers, ranchers, business people, teachers, grocery store workers, politicians, mothers and fathers.

In order to do that, we need stories.

The deeper mission of the paper is to seek out and tell our stories, to create history out of the day-to-day events of our lives, and to heal through truth.

The paper is a piece of the fabric of the 

community. It’s made up of all of us.

This is a call to you.

This is a call to your young person, your 

granny, your leksi.

We need people willing to learn how to tell 

your stories.

There is an abundance of stories to tell on Cheyenne River. Our editor has at least two pages of story ideas in her journal, just waiting for someone to pick them up, explore and tell them.

Sometimes the Lakota value of humility (wóuŋšiič’iye or unsiiciyapi/) makes people say, “I could never do that. I couldn’t write for the paper.”

Humility does not mean one must stay in the background. Humility is a way of being that acknowledges our gifts and uses them in service of the people. Humility is “freedom from pride and arrogance that recognizes equity and equality.”*

Writing for the paper is a profound way to serve equity and equality. It’s a way to lift up the voices of youth, those on the margins, our elders.

Another part of the mission of the West River Eagle is to become a home for Indigenous voices, young voices, women’s voices, and those without a voice.

No experience with writing is required. Our editor has a passion for teaching writing, loves the English language, and gets deep joy out of helping others develop their unique voice. We can teach writing, no problem. What we need is you, your voice, your unique perspective.

Writing for the paper can be as hard or as easy as you want it to be. You can do simple reporting on who, what, why, when, where and how. You can research deep topics over time.

We have a serious need for people to report on local news; school board, city council, etc., and on local stories like Art in the Park, veterans’ events, wacipis/powwows, the local food scene, etc. Tribal members and young voices preferred.

*Credit to St. Paul Public Schools American Indian Magnet school for this wonderful definition.

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