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CRST implements travel ban for tribal & government employees, citing coronavirus precaution measure

On March 4, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier announced that there will be a “travel ban for all tribal and government employees” to areas with known or possible cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus), and that all travel “that uses mass transit or travel hubs with a large amount of people will not be authorized.” The memorandum from the tribal […]

Oglala Sioux Tribe suspends all travel for tribal employees and elected officials, citing coronavirus precautionary measures

On Sunday, March 8, as a precautionary measure for COVID-19 (coronavirus), Oglala Sioux Tribal President Julian Bear Runner announced that he was “suspending all travel of the Oglala Sioux Tribe employees, and entities administrated by the Oglala Sioux Tribe, as well as any Elected Officials” of the tribe. Bear Runner then explained that anyone wishing to travel for “essential governmental […]

Seven candidates run for city offices


5 p.m. on Friday, February 28 marked the deadline for candidates to jump into Eagle Butte’s municipal election season. All seven petitioners who submitted their documents for a chance to get on the ballot for the April 14 election made the cut. Incumbent Mayor Verzella LaPlante is seeking reelection, and challenging her is current Ward I Councilperson Randall James Traversie. […]

Lessons in the ashes and fasting of lent


You may have noticed people with a black smudge on their foreheads on Wednesday last week. February 26 was Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian season of Lent. In the Christian tradition, the year is divided up into liturgical seasons which guide the worship for that time of year. Lent is a season of penitence in the 40 […]

CRYP’s interns shine at the Lakota Food Summit

The Cheyenne River Youth Project’s indigenous cooking interns made quite an impression at this month’s Lakota Food Summit in Rapid City. Hosted by the Lakota Food Sovereignty Coalition and led by Sean Serman, The Sioux Chef, this first-time event took place February 18-20 at the Holiday Inn-Rushmore Plaza. Anthony Potter, youth programs assistant for CRYP, attended the summit with five […]

Lawmakers, governor grapple with hemp funding



PIERRE, SD — After getting off to a fast start in the Legislature, the bill legalizing industrial hemp is in the Senate, but not yet being pushed for debate. A meeting coming up on Monday may give it a boost as legislative leaders and the governor’s office try to work out the funding for the new program of inspections, licensing […]

Read Across America: inspiring kids to read

Some of you may know Read Across America as “Dr. Seuss’ Birthday”, which is on March 2. Often, this reading initiative involves a week-long celebration of all things related to the beloved author. According readacrossamerica.org, the National Education Association created the program “to help motivate kids to read, bring the joys of reading to students of all ages, and make […]

Mental health resolution leads to questions on task force assignments



PIERRE, SD — A House Concurrent Resolution calling for a study of the mental health of first responders led to a discussion about how the Legislature decides on creating a task force to study an issue. HCR6023 encourages the Legislature’s Executive Board to create an interim study to address the mental health of first responders. Rep. Rhonda Milstead, R-Hartford, said […]

Commercial surrogacy won’t be banned in S.D.



PIERRE, SD — Senators were clearly torn Wednesday morning as they dealt with a bill to ban commercial surrogacy in South Dakota. Eventually the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted to kill the bill. HB1096 would have banned commercial surrogacy in South Dakota. In commercial surrogacy, a woman is hired to have a baby for a couple, using an […]

DePoy speaks about farm safety

The Dupree FFA put on a viewing of the not-yet released movie, The Silo, a feature film about grain entrapment. The event was held Monday night, March 2 at Pioneer Hall in Dupree. Shannon DePoy shared his experience that almost claimed his life when he got caught in a silo on Valentine’s Day in 2017. Pictured are Perry DePoy, Shannon […]


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