Young and old compete during fair weekend

New LED lights installed throughout Eagle Butte

Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative is working with the City of Eagle Butte to replace several 400-watt sodium vapor streetlights with state-of-the-art 110-watt LED street lights.  There are several advantages of LEDs, chief among them is their longevity. A premium-quality LED light can last 100,000 hours, and because they don’t have filaments that can quickly burn out, they reduce maintenance costs. Because […]

Grandparents Day asks for gifts of time, attention and love

The first Sunday after Labor Day was established as National Grandparents Day in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. According to, the proclamation in part reads: Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents […]

30th Annual Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner to be held Nov. 2

FT. PIERRE, SD – The Casey Tibbs Foundation is pleased to announce that the 30th Annual Tribute Dinner will be held on the evening of Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center. Advance tickets are required for this event. Every year, the Casey Tibbs Foundation pays tribute to six individuals who have exemplified and contributed […]

Bridge Improvement Grant recipients announced

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 35 Preliminary Engineering Local Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling $1.42 million at their meeting today in Pierre.  The remaining $13.58 million in BIG funds will be used for Preservation, Rehabilitation and Replacement grants to be approved by next April for county and city bridges.     Grant recipients are: Beadle County (3), […]

Vintage photo: Who am I?

Recently, a vintage photo was found in a grassy area near Medicine Wheel Village in Eagle Butte. The photo reportedly did not belong to any residents of MWV, and was turned into the West River Eagle office in the hopes the owner would be found. The photo features a man in a suit holding what appears to be a cigar, […]

CRST softball tournament continues to thrive during fair weekend

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair and Rodeo has a long standing tradition of incorporating not only the traditional elements of a Lakota wacipi celebration and mainstream American fair, but the athletic and team-oriented challenge of the men’s, women’s, and co-ed softball tournaments, which has been a part of the fair since before 1995, according to organizer Kim Claymore-Knight. Claymore-Knight […]

Play Day: learning fun – “The most important teacher in rodeo is experience”

Play Day during the CRST Fair and Rodeo celebration is a much-anticipated and exciting youth event that provides a time for children to learn about the sport of rodeo and horsemanship. Children will gear up for mutton bustin’, ribbon pulling, barrel racing, pole bending, flag racing, and a boot scramble during this year’s event. Besides having a good time, the […]

Local artists generate joy, beauty, honor and support 

Art, whether imagined and born from ancient materials and methods or emerging from contemporary trends, functions as a testament to beauty, utility and culture in any community. The CRST Fair has shared a long tradition of showcasing the people’s art in its Lakota Artist Market and Domestic Exhibit Competition. Inez Iron Bird, organizer for the LA Exhibit since 2005 (minus […]

Native basketball action featured on Netflix

A new docuseries on Netflix called, “Basketball or Nothing” gained national attention and a fan following after its debut earlier this month. The series consists of six episodes which run about 30 minutes long, and follows the lives of the Chinle Wildcats basketball team during their 2017 season. Chinle High, the largest school on the Navajo reservation, is located in […]

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