Waóhola among the Lakota a birthright, not an earned right

The old bit of supposed wisdom, “Respect is not given, it is earned,” is well known if not seriously followed by many people from all walks of life. While it is an understandable sentiment in our too often chaotic world, where disrespect has become a given from more and more less-than-happy folks, it is a sentiment that traditional Lakota could […]

Climate change impacts agriculture practices in Northern Plains

The Fourth Climate Assessment, released on Black Friday in November 2018 by the White House, is a comprehensive, scientific study-based report using data from a plethora of sources to inform lawmakers and the public about the impacts of and projections for climate change. The first three articles printed in the West River Eagle since the climate assessment’s release included information […]

Medicine Wheel closer to opening nursing home facilities

Medicine Wheel Village has been operating its assisted living services for a while now, and will soon be able to welcome its first nursing home residents. Assisted living services provide minimal staffing and care, whereas nursing home services provide extensive, 24/7 care. The Assisted living unit is directed by Kim Clown, and the Nursing facility unit is directed by Deb […]

Rapid City couple offers room and board to priest if released on bail; “hate the sin, love the sinner”

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) – Bail for a Rapid City priest charged with sexual contact with a minor got reduced on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The bail for Father John Praveen was reduced from a $100,000 cash only bond a to $10,000 cash only bond. Praveen is charged with two counts of sexual contact with a person under the age […]

Threat of government shutdown has the Senate scrambling

According to NPR, NBC, and other news sources, the short-term budget passed by the Senate will not be signed by President Donald J. Trump unless it includes language funding the $5 billion border security plan, which includes the building a wall along Mexican and American borders. “We’re going to move today to add language to the bill that the Senate […]

KXL Pipeline: preparing for worst-case scenarios requires a look at other oil leaks

The Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline project is again halted, as clarified in the decision by Federal Judge Brian Morris Friday Dec. 7, 2018. Based on collective tragic experience emergency management efforts are still underway to keep the people of Cheyenne River safe from an oil release into the Cheyenne or Missouri Rivers. TransCanada cannot continue with the preparation of pipe […]

Give yourself and your family the BEST GIFT

Consider giving yourself and your family the best gift this year by quitting smoking.  This is a gift that keeps on giving to you, your family members, friends and pets.  Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do even if you have smoked for many years.  Children and non-smoking adults benefit when a family member quits smoking because their […]

Memorial ride honors historical losses and sacrifices

Chief Big Foot’s band of Minneconjou Lakota took flight from Standing Rock Reservation to Wounded Knee in December 1890. A tragedy older than Pearl Harbor or 9/11, the Wounded Knee Masacre is a “a wound that must be addressed and remembered so it won’t fester,” according to a 2011 article in Indian Country Today. This year marks the 32nd time […]

Swiftbird Head Start completion nears

The Swiftbird Head Start location inches to completion with an early 2019 completion date. “We should be able to start school some time in 2019. Construction completion is dependent on the weather,” Geri Zorin of Head Start in Eagle Butte said. Education and classroom equipment should be moved over there once the construction is complete. An open house will be […]

Climate assessment stresses mni wiconi

Chapter 22 of the National Climate Assessment released the day after Thanksgiving this year focuses on the impact of climate change in the Great Northern Plains. Divided into five sections, the chapter presents the research results, background information, current and projected impacts on the region’s climate, economy, and people resulting from the increase in the earth’s temperature. The first section […]

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