Front Page

Frazier responds to Noem, update: The checkpoints will continue

Today Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier responded to Governor Kristi Noem’s letter in which is proposed a 3-part plan which called for the removal of checkpoints from US/State Highways as well as a request for “reasonable accommodations” of checkpoints on BIA/Tribal Roads. “Thank you for your letter we received yesterday offering comments on consultation for a potential “pathway […]

BREAKING: Noem proposes 3-part proposal to Chairman Frazier- No tribal checkpoints on US/State Highways

In the on-going public health checkpoint saga, Governor Kristi Noem sent yet another letter today to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier in which she proposes a plan “that respects tribal sovereignty, federal law and state sovereignty as well.” The governor said it was desire her work together cooperatively in confronting the coronavirus pandemic with “science and facts”. In […]

BREAKING: Standing Rock mass testing results in 2 positive cases

482 essential workers and residents participated in a mass testing for COVID-19 on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Saturday, May 9. Of the samples sent in, two have come back positive and both patients have been notified and are self-isolating, according to a press release from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Of the two positives, one was a resident […]

Over 48 Hours, no legal action from Governor Noem over checkpoint ultimatum

It has been over 48 hours since Governor Kristi Noem issued an ultimatum to the Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Sioux Tribes to remove their public health checkpoints or face legal action. During her press conference today, the governor said she will be pursuing legal action “so we can get some clarity on moving forward”, but did not say when. […]

BREAKING: State Legislators to Noem- State has no jurisdiction over the highways running through Indian lands, cite 1990 ruling

17 South Dakota Congressmen sent a bipartisan letter to Governor Kristi Noem stating that the State of South Dakota does not have the authority to enforce State law within the boundaries of a Reservation. The congressmen also criticized the governor’s actions as confrontational, demanding, and causing a constitutional crisis. Furthermore, they criticized Governor Noem for failing to work with members […]

Chairman Frazier to Noem: We will not apologize for being an island of safety in a sea of uncertainty and death

“We will not apologize for being an island of safety in a sea of uncertainty and death,” said Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier in his response to Governor Kristi Noem. “I absolutely agree that we need to work together during this time of crisis, however you continuing to interfere in our efforts to do what science and facts […]

Eagle Butte woman first female federal prisoner to die of COVID-19: case sparks outrage and whistleblower complaint

  Editor’s note: Andrea is known as both Andrea Circle Bear and Andrea High Bear. Her obituary lists her last name as High Bear. 30-year old Andrea High Bear, of EagleButte, died on Tuesday, April 28 from COVID-19. She had been sentenced to more than two years on a drug charge this January. The CRST tribal member, who was a […]

Lakota Thrifty Mart update: coronavirus safety precautions, state of meat sales, and new store opening

**Editor’s note: After going to print, CREDCO JD Williams reached out to West River Eagle with public service announcement advising customers to buy extra meat in case of a meat shortage. Seven more meatpacking plants have shut down within the past week due to coronavirus outbreaks within the plant. Projections indicate there may be meat shortages as a result.  The […]

Local news has never been so important

Newspapers have been vigorously reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the plight of the people, communities, and businesses. The West River Eagle is committed to continuing our coverage of local news and issues that shape our lives. With a combination of print, online, and social media, we have been reaching larger audiences than ever. But local newspapers […]

BREAKING NEWS: Prepare yourself for possible meat shortages says CREDCO CEO


“Lakota Thrifty Mart is advising its customers to buy extra meat supplies in the coming week. There is much talk in the meat industry that we will experience shortages in the next three weeks due to meatpacking plants being shut down. It is best to have extra in your freezer as we head into uncertain supply periods for protein supply,” […]

Category Pages are limited to 90 days. Please use the archive page or the search box to find older articles.