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Tribal elders march in favor of checkpoints


A group of elders led a walk and procession of cars through the center of Eagle Butte on Thursday, March 11. The walk was in support of the Tribal Health and Safety Checkpoints, which are scheduled to come down over the next two weeks. Maggie Iron Hawk, one of the organizers, says the main reason she is in favor of keeping the checkpoints […]

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Schools return to in-person learning


Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Schools had a different kind of “First Day of School” on Monday, March 8. Students returned to the school building after a year away due to the pandemic. Teachers arrived early to prepare. Excited students were welcomed by cheerful staff. Everyone was eager for the day to begin! “Students are our reason for becoming educators and we’ve surely missed connecting […]

Noem addresses Conservative Political Action Conference and tussles with Fauci


Governor Kristi Noem spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida on Saturday. Her speech promoted conservatism, attacked the coronavirus response in other states, and repeated her standard theme that any examination of American history is cancel culture and undermines the foundation of what makes America unique. Why does America need conservatives? Standing under a banner saying “America Uncancelled” she […]

C-EB schools set to reopen March 8, an “all-out effort”


The Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Schools are set to reopen on Monday. Teachers are already at work back in the building and eager to greet students when they return. In a letter to staff, Superintendent Kara Four Bear and Principal Jennifer Bowman said, “In alignment with the CRST COVID-19 Response Plan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bureau of Indian Education ‘Return to Learn! […]

Justin Reede, 24-year-old Cheyenne River man, found deceased after crossing Missouri River on foot at night in negative 50-degree temps


Justin William Reede, 24, was found deceased on the evening of Friday, February 19. He had been missing for a week. Based on initial information, it appears this tragedy was caused by the convergence of extreme weather, Reede’s desire to enter the reservation at any cost — presumably to be with his family, and checkpoint workers’ best interpretation of COVID protocols which […]

Tribal Council votes to exclude Dupree school superintendent and coach


Alleged abuse at school and practice On Friday, February 19, CRST Tribal Council met in Executive Session to discuss reports from two Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member families of aggressive behavior towards their student athletes in the Dupree school. Tribal Council met for approximately three hours to discuss the allegations. After hearing reports from two tribal families, Rep. Bob Walters made […]

FBI Increases reward in 2016 Eagle Butte murder case

FREE Jessie Cook was beaten to death near the water tower

The FBI has increased the reward money in the murder investigation of Jessie Wallace Cook, 32, of Cheyenne River. The reward doubled and is now $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. According to the FBI, Cook was found on the ground, unresponsive, near the water tower on the corner of Willow Street and Highway […]

Deb Haaland, first Native American to be nominated as Sect’y of the Interior

Pledges to address racial, wealth and health gaps

Deb Haaland has been nominated by President-Elect Joe Biden to serve as the first Native American Secretary of the Interior, the department which also oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In the role, she will oversee the Department’s responsibility for over 500 million acres of public lands which include national parks, oil and gas drilling sites and endangered species habitat. […]

Cheyenne River moves to COVID-19 Level 3


This week the Reservation moves to Level 3 of the CRST COVID-19 Response Plan. There are three measurable public health criteria that trigger moving to a new level under the Response Plan. All three criteria need to be met to move to a lower level.

“Onion Skin”

An excerpt from “Onion Skin” by Indigenous poet Laura Dá. Portents of fierce winter  undermined by movement:  the age-old songs  of chill warning  grow sparse  over stretched miles and  vexing meridians.    Corn that sprouts lushly  then offers abundant ears  on the banks of the Scioto  gives way  to the thin skins  of allotment onions  along the lower banks  of […]


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