“Honest Conversation” from Governor Kristi Noem today

Governor Noem gave a press conference today to address issues of policing, protesting, and her commitment to work with South Dakotans in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by police officers last week. Noem opened with a commitment to honesty and connected it to policing. “I’ve said many times that I’m going to always have honest conversations with […]

Death of Minnesota man touches close to home

While the video of a man’s death under the knee of a law enforcement officer spread across the country, the painful news hit much closer to home for one Gettysburg family. Selwyn “Miles” Jones of Gettysburg watched the news, realizing the man begging for breath was his nephew, George Floyd. Floyd’s death has set off protests across the country, emphasizing […]

Southwest flavors and art inspire Lakota Cook of the Month

Orlando Avery has an adventurous palate and a deep and abiding love for the cuisine of New Mexico. Orlando, also known as “Lando”, grew up in Red Scaffold and in Bozeman, Montana. His mother, Rosalita Roach, was famous for her enormous garden, so Orlando was already primed to love fresh food and all-natural ingredients before he ever travelled to Santa […]

Ubetcha Wateca celebrates first anniversary

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ubetcha Wateca celebrated one year at their new location in the Four Bands Business Incubator in Eagle Butte. Prior to moving into their first brick-and-mortar space, the Lakota-owned business operated in a food truck for four years. “It has been quite an experience,” said owner Shari Ducheneaux. Expanding her operations came with more […]

Missing and murdered indigenous women remembered at checkpoints

The Sacred Heart Center team visited each tribal public health checkpoint last week, delivering hand-painted signs and red dresses which symbolized the missing and murdered indigenous women. The project was an important one to the SHC staff whose mission is working with victims of domestic violence. Staggering MMIW statistics According to, four in five American Indian and Alaskan Native […]

COVID-19 mass testing to take place June 4 Cheyenne River Health Center

The Cheyenne River Health Center will conduct COVID-19 testing at Eagle Butte Service Unit tomorrow, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Testing is available to everyone, tribal and non-tribal members, according to a hospital employee. The event will be conducted as a drive-up/drive-thru manner. A post on the health center’s social media page states patients will not have […]

Mass testing conducted at Medicine Wheel Village

Medicine Wheel Village, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s assisted living and nursing home facility, completed mass coronavirus testing of facility residents on Friday, May 29. MWV Administrator Deb Arbogast said the initiative was a success, with 24 of 25 nursing home residents and seven of nine assisted-living residents getting tested. A high percentage of staff members also volunteered to be […]

Urban Americans say they care about farmers’ and ranchers’ plight

We do care. A simple yet powerful message. And one Jack Bilheimer, a retired L.A. County, California law enforcement officer wanted to convey to South Dakota family farmers after he learned of their plight watching the May 3 broadcast of “60-Minutes.” “Farming and ranching goes way back to the beginning of our wonderful country. I may be over here, in […]

Grain bin accidents and deaths rising due to poor crop conditions

Wet and cold weather in 2019 have created a dangerous situation this year for South Dakota farmers who store grain in bins, heightening a risk of entrapment or death that has existed on farms for generations. The number of reported grain entrapments across the country rose by 27% from 2018 to 2019, and deaths rose by 53% that year. South […]

Help fight COVID-19 by quitting smoking or vaping

Smoking cigarettes and vaping impair the lungs’ ability to fight off infections from viruses like COVID-19. People who smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes are more likely to get sick and recover slower from respiratory infections. Let’s break down the science of why this happens. Air tubes are lined with cilia, which look like tiny hairs. The cilia’s job is to help […]

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