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Progress on Sacred Heart Family Safe Shelter

After several delays due to weather issues and COVID-19, construction of the Sacred Heart Family Safe Shelter on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in Eagle Butte is visibly back on track. “Great news! The concrete has been poured for our floor and we now can start the above-surface building,” wrote Greg Fisher, executive director of the Sacred Heart Center. One […]

South Dakota election officials say vote-by-mail and voting at polls will be safe and fair

The people who will operate and oversee the 2020 general election in South Dakota are highly confident that the vote for president, Congress, legislative seats and statewide ballot measures will be done fairly, accurately and in a timely manner without a risk of fraud. Despite concerns raised by President Donald Trump and others who have questioned the legitimacy of widespread […]

South Dakota restaurants battle for survival amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit South Dakota restaurants harder than just about any other industry in the state. Six months into the pandemic, with the state economy mostly open for business, restaurants across the state are still struggling to make ends meet and keep their doors open as patrons and employees worry about spreading the potentially deadly coronavirus. Since the […]

South Dakota Democratic Party call for oversight in Noem’s spending of CARES Act funding

The South Dakota Democratic Party is calling for oversight of Gov. Kristi Noem’s plans to spend federal coronavirus relief funds, stating the party is “horrified” over the governor’s lack of transparency and decision-making behind the distribution of the CARES Act money. On Tuesday, Noem’s administration announced they are spending $5 million of the CARES Act coronavirus relief funds on tourism […]

What you need to know to vote this fall

I wanted to take this opportunity to share information concerning the upcoming general election, which will be held Nov. 3. South Dakota voters have the choice of voting in-person on Election Day or by casting an absentee ballot. South Dakota’s absentee voting processes have long been in place and provide security measures to ensure the integrity of our elections. Only […]

Trump faces backlash from report that he called military “losers” and “suckers”

Backlash over President Trump’s alleged derogatory remarks about fallen members of the military swept the nation by storm over the Labor Day weekend.    On Sep. 3 The Atlantic published a story claiming that in 2018, Trump called American war heroes “losers” and “suckers”, and that he canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris, France because of […]

31st Annual Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner to be held Nov. 7

The Casey Tibbs Foundation announced that the 31st Annual Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre. Advance tickets are required for this event. Each year, the Casey Tibbs Foundation pays tribute to six individuals who have exemplified and contributed to the sport of rodeo […]

Tribes sue U.S. Census Bureau for plan to end count early

On Aug. 31, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order forming a Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. This year’s Census has been marred by several setbacks, leading many organizations fearing an undercount. Census efforts were already behind due to delays put in place earlier in the year to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, then in Aug. the Trump […]

Many South Dakota teachers on their own when adding safety barriers in classrooms

South Dakota public school teachers are largely on their own when it comes to building and installing protective barriers for their classrooms that may reduce the spread of the coronavirus among their students and themselves. With no statewide policy in place, and little or no guidance from individual school districts, thousands of teachers across the state have had to use […]

Eagle Butte Co-Op reopens after closing

On Aug. 26, the CRST Office of Attorney General issued a Notice of Violation of Emergency Executive Order #2.7-2020-CR to several businesses on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The tribal executive order, known as the “face mask mandate” was passed by the Tribe on July 10 and a copy of the order was delivered to each business. (Editor’s note: On […]

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