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“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 […]

Saddle of Chief Iron Lightning/Wakiyan Maza Returns to Cheyenne River


A saddle owned by Chief Iron Lighting/Wakiyan Maza and ridden by him in the Battle of Greasy Grass/The Little Big Horn in 1876 has returned to members of the Iron Lighting family after almost 100 years. The saddle has been in the Nelson/Moyer family for five generations. Robert Moyer of Yacholt, Washington, was motivated to seek out the family of the original […]

“The Hill We Climb”


Excerpts from “The Hill We Climb” by youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman, stunningly read by the author at the inauguration of President Biden, January 20, 2021. When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending  shade? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]

These Beauties


These beauties Here before I was born These beauties Holding our family’s history These beauties Saw the river’s path change through time These beauties stayed and provided shelter These beauties witnessed many prayers These beauties Persevered many storms These beauties Reminds us of strength and growth

Windy fire still burning, 26 departments worked to contain


 A major grass fire burned 19,400 acres, a swath of land that is more than twenty miles long and four miles wide, in Adams County, North Dakota, right across the Stateline from Lemmon, SD, on Thursday, January 14. The first call came in to the Lemmon Fire Department at 4:33 p.m. The department responded to a report of a major grass fire northwest […]

Standing Rock Chairman Faith delivers annual State of the Tribes address


Standing Rock Chairman Mike Faith “Buffalo Soldier” addressed a joint session of the South Dakota legislature on Thursday, January 14.  Faith spoke in the traditional way without scripted notes. Nevertheless, he covered a broad and firm agenda of treaty authority, agri-business and environmentalism, law enforcement, housing and road construction, education and health care. His overarching theme was a call to work together, […]

Noem delivers State of the State address


South Dakota governor Kristi Noem delivered her third State of the State address on January 12, 2021. She spoke in a climate of national crisis after an attempted coup of the national government by pro-Trump extremists last Wednesday. Noem spoke to a joint session of the South Dakota legislature. Many but not all of those in attendance wore masks. Noem did not […]

Local Cheyenne River funeral homes impacted by the pandemic


Eric Schley has been a funeral director for fifteen years. He runs the Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge. Things have been extra busy for him as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “October, November, and December for us are some of the busiest months we’ve ever had.”  He says a busy month is usually fifteen or sixteen funerals. This fall they were […]


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