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South Dakota State of the State Address highlights life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness


  Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part article on the January 11 State of the State Address by Governor Kristi Noem. Governor Kristi Noem offered her vision of the future for South Dakota in her 2022 State of the State address on January 11.  Speaking to a joint session of the Legislature, she spoke about education in the face […]

Council member Moran conducts informal survey of open employment on CRST


Unemployment and under-employment are a consistent issue on the Cheyenne River reservation. A recent back-of-a-napkin survey identified at least 82 open positions. In response to hearing from his constituents about difficulty finding employment, Tribal Council member Ryan K. Moran (District 5) took matters into his own hands. Moran did an informal phone survey of local businesses. He called local businesses on […]

COVID-19 surging back as Omicron takes hold in South Dakota: Local and regional efforts thwarted by politics


As the COVID-19 Omicron variant takes hold in South Dakota this week, case numbers are surging to similar levels as when the pandemic began. Vaccination and boosters are key to slowing the spread as hospitals and emergency rooms across the nation and in South Dakota are under stress from the increased case count and the duration of the pandemic. In South Dakota […]

Statecraft and history as Očéti Šakówiŋ Treaty Council examines treaties in life today


An historic event took place in Rapid City on December 14-16, 2021: The third gathering of the Očéti Šakówiŋ Oyate Omniciye, the meeting of the Seven Council Fires Treaty Council. The theme of the event was “Honor the Treaties: One Voice, One Mind, One Spirit, One Plan.” Očéti Šakówiŋ is the name for the deliberative body that considers nation-to-nation issues and negotiates […]

This Morning


This morning was something. A little snow lay on the ground. The sun floated in a clear blue sky. The sea was blue, and blue-green, as far as the eye could see. Scarcely a ripple. Calm. I dressed and went for a walk — determined not to return until I took in what Nature had to offer. I passed close […]

Wounded Knee Medals of Honor a Persistent Stain on the Nation


On September 23, 2021, the House of Representatives passed its National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with wide bipartisan support. The House included by voice vote a provision based on the Remove the Stain Act, legislation introduced by United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Congressman Kaiali’i Kahele (D-Hawai’i). The bill would revoke the Medal of Honor from the […]

A Winter Twilight


A silence slipping around like death, Yet chased by a whisper, a sigh, a breath; One group of trees, lean, naked and cold, Inking their cress ‘gainst a sky green-gold; One path that knows where the corn flowers were; Lonely, apart, unyielding, one fir; And over it softly leaning down, One star that I loved ere the fields went brown.

Oomaka Tokatakiya (Future Generations Ride) underway


The Oomaka Tokatakiya (Future Generations Ride) got underway on December 15, the anniversary of Sitting Bull’s death in 1890. Leaving from the Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake/Sitting Bull homestead in Rock Creek, riders and support vehicles will travel more than 300 miles. Sixteen riders left from Rock Creek. By December 21, at least 32 riders were in the group. By the time the riders leave […]

New Indian Correctional Officer graduates continue family traditions


Both Colton Clown, Jr. and Joe Condon grew up on Cheyenne River and come from law enforcement families. Both recently completed an intensive six-week Indian Correctional Officer Training program in Artesia, NM, to enhance their effectiveness at CRST Law Enforcement. According to Condon, the course included training to handle difficult, stressful situations that he and Clown might encounter as correctional officers. Approximately […]

Local business HomeTown Furniture & Appliance celebrates ten successful years in Eagle Butte


Local business HomeTown Furniture & Appliance celebrated ten successful years in October.  Founded by Dennis and Elaine Neigel in 2011, the company has always held the belief that Eagle Butte and Cheyenne River can support a furniture showroom, and they strive to provide everything their neighbors might need to make a house a home. Elaine and Dennis say they owe the success […]


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