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South Dakota Democratic Party intersectional solidarity with Tribal Nations results in passage of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People legislation


This past legislative session was an important advancement for justice and visibility for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP). South Dakota Democratic legislators worked with Tribal Nations and allies to successfully introduce and pass House Bill 1199, legislation that will begin to address the MMIP epidemic within the state. HB 1199 establishes an MMIP Office of Liaison within the South Dakota Attorney […]

Easter Fun!

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHEILA GANJE Children young and old enjoyed a visit with the Easter Bunny on Friday at the City of Eagle Butte Easter Egg Event.

Cheyenne River and Standing Rock youth take action in Washington, DC, to demand Biden end pipelines


On Wednesday and Thursday last week, youth from Cheyenne River, Standing Rock, and other tribes took action in Washington, DC, to encourage President Biden to “Build Back Fossil Free.” The youth and organizers took to the streets with singing, dancing, drumming and creative protest actions to exert pressure against the Dakota Access, Line 3, Mountain Valley, KXL and Line 5 pipelines. On […]

Easter Sunday Service

Episcopal clergy couple celebrates first Easter on Cheyenne River


“Suffering and healing are in the in-breath and the out-breath.  Death and resurrection are everywhere. Go, and have a spirit of unknowing.” When Ellen Huber saw the posting for the position at St. John’s, she knew it was the one. “I read the description for Cheyenne River — and I just froze. I said, ‘Kurt! Kurt! Come here, you have to read […]

Federal pension revoked from IHS doctor convicted of sexually abusing children on Pine Ridge


Stanley Patrick Weber, a former pediatrician for the Indian Health Service, was convicted in September 2018 in Montana of sexually abusing children under his care. Then in February 2020 he was sentenced to an additional five lifetime prison terms in South Dakota.  Even though he is in federal custody, until last November, Weber, 72, was still receiving his federal pension worth $98,285.64 […]

“It was Cloudy: Aabjito’ikidowinan 2/Used Words 2”

  Cloud beings come laughing, comical, Aanakwadoog bidaapiwag, wawiyadenimwaad, They come singing through the clouds: Biidnagamowaad, zhiibaanakwad morning white clouds, a good color. Minowaabishkaanakwad bidaabanong. Springtime is a comedy. Ziigwan gagiibaadaatesemagad. Cloud beings come telling news, Aanakwadoog biidaajimowag, clouds come as wind from a certain place. ondaanimaanakwad. Cloud beings come to sit comfortably, Aanakwadoog biindigewag, minwabiwaad, companion wiijii’iwewaad, in Summer. […]

A team dedicated to preserving health on Cheyenne River


The CRST Tribal Health Department has used three important strategies throughout the last year to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on the Cheyenne River Reservation. These include testing, contact tracing, and vaccine distribution. Danette Serr, Director of Nursing for the Tribal Health Department has led the charge since the beginning of the pandemic. The CRST Tribal Health Team consists of 3 […]

Cheyenne River Tribal Health Checkpoints to close


Tribal secretary Ev Ann White announced last week that the Cheyenne River Tribal Health Checkpoints will close within the next two weeks. In a memo dated March 8, 2021 and released to the public, White said “that the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council accepts the recommendation of the Health Committee and directs that the checkpoints established in Emergency Executive Order No. 02.1-2020-CR […]

Madame Secretary!!! Deb Haaland confirmed as first Native American Secretary of Interior


Trills of acclamation erupt across Indian Country Li-Li-Li-Li-Li!  Never has a nomination to a Cabinet position engaged the imagination and hopes of so many people across the nation, especially in Indian Country. People responded to the confirmation of Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior with cheers, crying, honor songs and jingle dancing. The nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) as […]


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