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Victory for tribes: Federal judge rules DAPL permits violated law


A federal judge handed down a huge victory for the Cheyenne River, Standing Rock, Yankton and Oglala Sioux Tribes on Wednesday, March 25, ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act by approving federal permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The judge ruled that the Corps must complete a full environmental impact study (EIS) […]

Legislative special session likely needed to redo state budget due to COVID-19 epidemic

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The South Dakota Legislature will likely hold a special session by the end of June to address financial uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to potentially remake the coming year’s spending plan passed earlier this month, legislative fiscal leaders say. Members of the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee told South Dakota News Watch that economic uncertainty now hangs over South […]

Lakota response to COVID-19: Four days of prayer and ceremony



On Saturday, March 21, a sacred fire was built at the powwow grounds in Eagle Butte in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With many people in attendance, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the Sacred Pipe, performed the opening prayer while the sacred fire was lit. A tipi was also set up with an altar inside, a place for pipe […]

Every step is a step in prayer: dancing to heal the nation


As the world faces unprecedented times during the COVID-19 pandemic, a call was made on social media for jingle dress dancers to dance for healing and prayer. Hundreds of dancers from across North America answered the call, posting videos of themselves dancing, and often ending with words of encouragement and prayer. The jingle dress dance comes from the Ojibwe people […]

Chairman Harold Frazier orders all bars closed on CRST, restaurants to carry-out and/or deliver

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On Tuesday, March 24, CRST Chairman Harold Frazier ordered all bars on reservation to be closed and all restaurants to transition to carry-out and/or curb service or offer delivery. Furthermore, the chairman released these new funeral protocols which were in line with the guidelines put forth by the President of the United States, the Center for Disease Control, State of […]

Local schools respond to COVID-19 closures: Learning packets and feeding children are priority

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During his speech at Boston’s Madison Park High School in 1990, Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Amid the mandated school closures across the state, educational institutions on Cheyenne River have stepped up to the plate to continue providing for students’ academic and nutritional needs. In her press conference on […]

Sioux YMCA offers free services to community


With the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, non-profit organization, Sioux YMCA has stepped up and began providing hearty and healthy grab-and-go snacks and dinners for children in the Dupree area. All week long, and until further notice, the YMCA has offered free snacks 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a free dinner served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the […]

Sioux Falls biotech firm rushing to develop coronavirus treatment

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A Sioux Falls company — with its team of scientists and a herd of genetically engineered cows — is working feverishly to develop and produce an effective treatment for people infected with the coronavirus. SAb Biotherapeutics has emerged as a major player in the effort to generate a viable antidote to the fast-moving virus that is sweeping across the world […]

Statewide Democratic Regional Delegate Selection Caucuses held on March 14


The Democratic Party held Regional Delegate Selection Caucuses all across South Dakota this past weekend. There is a total of seven regions in the state and each region elected delegates to represent either 2020 president candidates: Senator Bernie Sanders or former-Vice President Joe Biden. Delegate candidates submitted paperwork prior to each regional caucus indicating which presidential nominee they would like to […]


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