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Chairman’s Update: Tribe moving up levels due to positivity rate on CRST


There are 34 active cases, an increase of eight cases, with 124 recovered and one death. Beginning tomorrow the tribe will be moving to Level 4 of their COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan, said CRST Chairman Harold Frazier in his address today. A total of 6,903 tests have been conducted, with 6,744 negatives and 159 positive cases. There are 3,027 test […]

2020 Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest Winners

Kids (Ages 1-4) CJ Garreaux, 1st Place, Scooter Ona Garreaux, 2nd Place, Scooter Ky Dillabaugh, 3rd Place, $25.00 Hannah Rackard, 4th Place, $20.00 Kyrie Newbrough, 5th Place, $15.00 Ben Rackard, C/HM, $5.00, Tie Richard Rackard, C/HM, $5.00, Tie Peyton Walters, C/HM, $5.00, Tie Rilyn Walters, C/HM, $5.00, Tie Kids (Ages 5-10) Alexa Anderson, 1st Place, Scooter Whitney Laplante, 2nd Place, […]

Incomplete Census numbers result in misleading data


One of the more hidden effects of a lack of Census response is misleading data in the news. With a response rate in the high teens for CRST and neighboring reservations, what story cannot be told from the data? For example, a recent article from Stacker (thestacker.com) highlighted data from the decennial census and the yearly American Community Survey (ACS). […]

Concerns arise over merger of S.D. agricultural and environmental agencies


Some South Dakota farmers, ranchers and environmental advocates are concerned about Gov. Kristi Noem’s plan to combine the state Department of Agriculture and Department of Environment and Natural Resources into a single agency and are wondering what the new agency could mean for the state’s largest industry and the regulation of agricultural practices and pollution. So far, almost no details […]

McLaughlin Woman Sentenced for Meth Trafficking

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on August 24, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Melissa Rose Decoteau, a/k/a Melissa Rose Bobtail Bear, age 35, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and […]

Eagle Butte Woman Sentenced for Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman convicted of Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises was sentenced on August 31, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court. Lena Marie Flying By, age 53, was sentenced to 3 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment […]

Eagle Butte Woman Sentenced for Meth Trafficking

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on September 2, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court. Cheyenne Brown, age 33, was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, a $500 fine, and a special assessment […]

Eagle Butte Co-op reopens


In last weeks edition of the West River Eagle it was reported that the Eagle Butte Co-op shut down “in protest” of the violation they received from the Emergency Executive Order #2.7-2020-CR.  As of press time last week staff at the West River Eagle had not had contact with the Eagle Butte Co-op and was only able to present the […]

Timber Lake’s Beyer awarded scholarship

McKenzie Beyer of Timber Lake has been awarded the Build Dakota Scholarship. Beyer is studying to become a medical lab technician at Lake Area Technical College. Build Dakota aims to support students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical colleges to fill the state’s technical career fields with skilled professionals. The scholarships cover tuition and fees, books, equipment, and […]

Researchers call Sturgis Rally a ‘superspreader’, Noem calls report ‘fiction’


The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally last month was a coronavirus “superspreading event” that led to an estimated $12.2 billion in public health costs, according to a new study by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics. The paper, which has not been peer-reviewed, is based on anonymized cellphone location tracking data and is the first known research to estimate the COVID-19 case […]


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