Merry Christmas and blessed Winter Solstice from the board and staff of the West River Eagle!
Our paper this week is filled with images – many more images than words. We are word-people, but this week pictures tell the stories better.
Our front page this week features a beautiful photograph of a winter sunset refracted through the prism of a glass snowflake taken by Michelle Fredericks DuBray.
We loved how the image turns the landscape on its head. It seems to reflect the movement out of darkness and into light that comes with the Winter Solstice.
Pictures from last week’s Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) showcase joy as the event resumed with great celebration after a hiatus last year due to COVID. This was a wonderful time for the en-tire nation/oyate to come together.
The event highlighted the skills and accomplishments of Lakota/Nakota/Dakota youth. We loved the images of the champion Boys Basketball Cheer Squad and of Eulayla Maynard who compet-ed in the first-ever girls wrestling competition at LNI.
Most importantly, the Ocêti Sakowin treaty council came together around the events of LNI to discuss the relationship between the Seven Council Fires and the United States. We will report more on this next week.
The Mankato 38 + 2 Ride and the Si Tanka Wokiksuye ride are both underway this week. The images show the harsh conditions the ancestors endured and display the spirit and skill of the next generations.
As we move into mid-winter, all vestiges of autumn have fallen away and we are in the clearest, coldest time of year. It’s a time when the outside world is stripped clean of anything extra. We see the core of the world and ourselves.
It’s our hope that the images of our community this week show a core of resilience and survival, as well as love and warm strength.
Merry Christmas. Blessed Solstice. And warm wishes from our homes to yours.
From Fran, Latesha, Kimmy, Reinee, Patty, Floyd, Liz, Alanna, Grace, Melissa, Emilie, and J.P.