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Tribes say they are doing what Trump has failed to do with COVID-19 

In advance of President Trump’s visit to South Dakota for a July 3 fireworks event at Mount Rushmore, the Cheyenne River, Oglala, and Rosebud Sioux Tribes are telling his administration to respect tribal sovereignty. The event, which could draw large crowds, is planned just as COVID-19 cases rose to their highest levels since the outbreak began in the U.S. The […]

Horse ride to honor tribal checkpoints and bring awareness

Beginning July 6 the Sunkwanka Agli Horsemanship Riders will make their way to all Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe public health checkpoints. The two-week journey is in support of tribal border security and to bring alcohol, drugs and suicide awareness. Here is a tentative schedule of the ride: July 6: Bridger checkpoint to Takini checkpoint July 7: Takini checkpoint to Red […]

Tribe sues Trump over checkpoint threats

A suit was filed in Federal court in Washington, DC, on June 23 on behalf of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe against members of the federal government. The suit names Donald Trump in his official capacity as President of the United States, along with members of the White House, Department of the Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Other notable […]

CRYP will host a special edition of RedCan in August

The Cheyenne River Youth Project announced that it will host a special edition of its annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam this summer. Scheduled for Aug. 12-15, RedCan will incorporate an innovative virtual component as well as a variety of youth art activities at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park. In mid-May, CRYP postponed its 6th annual RedCan event due […]

Pandemic threatens fragile rural health-care system in South Dakota

Editor’s note: This article is the second of three parts of a special report by South Dakota News Watch called “Small Towns, Big Challenges.” See the entire series at The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant and unexpected financial burden on rural health-care providers who were already struggling to maintain hospitals and clinics that help keep small-town residents — […]

To feed the people: Tribal meat stockpile

On March 13, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, and since then, the Tribe has implemented an intricate system of protecting residents on the reservation. That web of protection and care includes providing food for the people. Pre-pandemic, the Tribe’s Food Distribution Program and Food Pantry provided free food for tribal […]

Census data and American Community Survey drives Tribal road funding

The Census count is very important to the funding of maintenance, repair and new construction of roads on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation. According to Dakota Longbrake, CRST Director of Transportation, Cheyenne River receives Federal funding for transportation through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which uses Census data and data from the American Community Survey to calculate […]

Small towns in South Dakota facing big challenges amid pandemic and historic declines

Editor’s note: This article is the first of three parts of a special report by South Dakota News Watch called “Small Towns — Big Challenges.” The COVID-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for many of South Dakota’s small towns. The deadly virus has further complicated the already herculean task of keeping cherished rural communities vibrant and […]

Coronavirus and Wi wang wac’i (Sundance)

In May, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the Sacred Bundle issued a statement that sundances should not occur this year due to the pandemic. “The C’anupa was brought here for the health and well-being of our Nation. If someone ignores these warnings of large gatherings, it will be a challenge that is not of good intention or outcome,” wrote […]

Dupree election sees new mayor and school board member

Voters turned out to the elections for the City of Dupree and Dupree School Board on June 9. There were five polling places for the School Board election with Donald Farlee and Mandi Smith running for an open seat. In the end, Smith garnered 156 votes to Farlee’s 116 votes. Smith, a self-described “native of the community”, grew up south […]

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