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2021 Eagle Butte Hometown Days

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CITY OF EAGLE BUTTE The 2021 Eagle Butte Hometown Days celebration was held July 14-17. A wide variety of activities took place throughout the weekend, including a hot dog eating contest and water inflatables for the kids. 

Remains of 9 Lakota children who died at Pennsylvania boarding school are returned to Rosebud

The remains of nine Lakota children who died at a boarding school in Carlisle, Penn., were returned after 140 years to their home on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota on Friday, July 16. On Friday morning, a tribal delegation, including ancestors and a tribal motorcycle group, crossed the Missouri River via the Chief Standing Bear Bridge from Nebraska into […]

New mural welcomes visitors to Eagle Butte and proclaims: Mitákuye Oyášiŋ, “We are all related.”

The 7th annual Red Can Graffiti Jam took place July 7-10 in Eagle Butte, sponsored by the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP). Massive Mural of Mitákuye Oyášiŋ The heart of the four-day celebration was the creation of a massive mural on one of the old IHS apartment buildings as one enters Eagle Butte. This year, for the first time, the RedCan Jam […]

Youth to run in healing and solidarity from Mobridge to Minnesota

On Sunday July 18, twenty-four runners will begin a relay from Mobridge, through SouthDakota and Wisconsin, ending in Minnesota at a water protector camp near the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline near Perch Lake Township. The runners will depart around 9:00 am near the drive-in movie theater and all are welcome to come see them off. Donations of supplies, snacks, water, food and […]

2021 Wakinyan Maza Wokiksuye (Iron Lightning Memorial) celebrates family, veterans, and the return of a piece of history

PHOTO BY FRAN CARR Above: Far Rear L-R: Dana Dupris, Nakai Red Dog, Jared Red Dog, Jay Clark, Jenny Dupris, Marcus Goodlow. Standing L-R: Ahanni Knight (Miss Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), Cynthia Cook, Benita Clark, Gertie Lafferty, Carlee Medicine Blanket, Amelia Curley (hands on shoulders of granddaughter), Joan Curley,  Barbara Twiss, Ruby Shore, Carol Knight, Jay Cook, Connie Dupris, Cy […]

Join us at the West River Eagle Open House!

The West River Eagle is hosting an Open House on Thursday, July 1, from 10 am to 2 pm, at our offices at 317 South Main  Street. The event is a thank you to the community for your support throughout the pandemic. Please join us! Visit with the interim editor, publisher, and staff. Tour our new Mother’s Room, available to the […]

Eagle Butte Main Street chip seal project begins

The City of Eagle Butte laid new chip seal on Main St. last week. The chip seal will remain in place for about a month. To make sure the new chip seal is able to set correctly for the longest possible lifespan, motorist should use care and not exceed speeds of 10 mph and avoid fast stops. Motorcycles should find an alternate […]


Overhead / and I measure the day / by the span of my hands. I do not understand / minutes, hours, or time / except in the movement of light. Sun shares its warmth / but I cannot keep it, / cannot truly own anything / outside my skin. I do not understand /budgets, deficits, / dollars, defense, deterrence. Sun […]

Juneteenth declared a national holiday

On Thursday, June 17, President Biden signed the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act” into law. The Act previously unanimously passed the Senate and passed the House by a vote of 415-14. Rep. Dusty Johnson voted in favor. The 14 against were all Republicans. The Act creates the holiday of “Juneteenth” on June 19, to commemorate the day in 1865 when Black slaves […]

Rodeo Season

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