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COVID-19 current case count


January 19, 2021 Current COVID-19 Response Plan Level 5 Things of Note: CNN reported that more than 60% of all US COVID-19 cases were reported since Election Day. Two new variants have emerged in recent weeks that are more contagious, one in the UK and one in Ohio. It is imperative that readers keep their guard up and go back […]

West River Eagle Weather Outlook


High winds usher in Arctic Blast To the delight of everyone, winds will calm down this weekend. Last week, wind gusts of 80mph were reported near Eagle Butte. High winds caused the type of damage typical of a windstorm. Tragically, the high winds also caused a grass fire to rage across 19,400 acres near Lemmon, appropriately and officially named “The […]

West River Eagle announces Interim Editor

Fran Carr has been named Interim Editor of the West River Eagle.  Ms. Carr has been a freelance writer for the paper since early 2020, writing on topics of national and South Dakota politics and the intersection of Indigenous and colonial cultures in politics, arts, activism, food and culture. She is new to journalism and the West River Eagle is […]

City of Eagle Butte met Jan. 14 for special meeting


The city of Eagle Butte held its first ever meeting by Zoom on January 14. It was a special meeting called to discuss the question of combining city elections with school district 20-1 elections. In attendance were Rolland Ducheneaux, Dale McCrea, John Bachman, Harley Morgan, Dale Lesmeister, Tiny Martin, James Traversie, Sheila J. Ganje, Norman R. Schuler, Maxwel Ganje, Jeannie […]

CRST Chairman greets president- and vice-president elect


CRST Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier released a video greeting to president-elect Biden and vice president-elect Harris on Monday ahead of the inauguration. The video appeared on Frazier’s official Facebook page. The video shows Frazier in traditional wapáha/headdress standing outside in a snowstorm at what appears to be a tribal health checkpoint. A Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe flag and wápaha/prayer staff are held […]

Opposition to historic nomination of Deb Haaland to Dept. of Interior in Minnesota


Attack on historic nomination The chair of the House’s sub-committee on  Indigenous People’s has come out in opposition of the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) to Secretary of the Interior under the incoming Biden administration. According to NBC news, Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN) of Minnesota’s 8th District wrote a letter to his colleagues to drum up support to ask […]

Biden plans to axe KXL on first day


Multiple news sources are reporting the Joe Biden intends to cancel the cross-border permit granted to TC Energy for the Keystone XL pipeline. The action will take place on Biden’s first day in office. The move is part of a flurry of executive orders planned for the first day and is designed to signal Biden’s intention to erase Trump’s environmental […]

Cheyenne River Youth Project serves more than 265 families in 2020 Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive


The Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Wo Otuh’an Wi, or “Moon of Giving Away Presents,” finally came to an end this past Friday, Jan. 15. Over the last several weeks, the nonprofit youth organization’s small staff — just 10 people — sorted, wrapped, and safely delivered thousands of gifts through curbside distributions, bringing Santa Claus to more than 265 families on […]

Birds vs. Squirrels


It’s the middle of January and I’ve gotten used to glancing at the dozen or so bird species that hang around my feeders in the winter. Then this past week, I read an article called “Power Struggles Are Playing Out at Your Feeder” by Charles Eldermire and Hugh Powell. They describe complicated social interactions in which birds displace one another […]

West River Eagle announces “Second Journey” series to deepen remembrance of relatives who have passed on


As the coronavirus pandemic continues to claim loved ones, the West River Eagle feels the need to do more to support the community through the experience of loss. Traditional limits of coverage through obituaries and funeral notices aren’t enough in the face of the unprecedented losses of COVID-19.  There is a need for story-telling, a need to chronicle extraordinary people, […]


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