COVID-19 current case count

August 26, 2021 Current COVID-19 Response Plan Level 3 As of this printing the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation is still at Level 3 of the COVID-19 response plan, but the rise in cases could cause this to change soon. Applications can be made for the $500 Vaccine Incentive program for tribal members at Regardless of the incentive, it’s […]

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West River Eagle seeks freelance writers and photographers Easy work, lots of support, tons of fun! You do not need to be able to write, just have a story in your heart and a phone in your pocket. We need pictures of everyday life: playing basketball, puddles after the rain, your unci and lala. $5 per picture. Work as much […]

“Rear Window”

I had a two-and-a-half-inch surgical screw removed from my foot last week. The doctor allowed as how he doesn’t trust his patients not to walk too much too soon, so he put me in a ginormous boot. Smart man. Since I can’t take my normal birding walks, I’ve spent quite a bit of time sitting in my back yard with […]

Black Hills Federal Credit Union prepares thousands of students for a successful school year

Continuing their mission of improving lives, Black Hills Federal Credit Union donated nearly 100,000 school supplies to more than 70 area schools, including Cheyenne-Eagle Butte schools and the Lakota Voice Project in Pine Ridge. The program sent thousands of students across South Dakota back to school prepared. The Drive provides thousands of students, in many communities across South Dakota, with the supplies […]

West River Eagle Local Weather Outlook

Relief from the heat on the way Several weeks of hot weather is about to end abruptly on Friday.  Sunrise will likely be covered with clouds but it will be a pleasant 62°F with a better than 55% chance of rain. NNW winds 10 mph to 17 mph will bring in the coolest temperatures we have had since springtime. It […]

South Dakota Native Tourism Alliance announces five-year plan

A five-year plan to create a sustainable Native American tourism industry in partnership with South Dakota Tribes kicks off August 26. The South Dakota Native Tourism Alliance will host a free event at the Journey Museum in Rapid City from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT. Register at While meeting proceedings will be broadcast online, in-person activities include dynamic […]

CRYP concludes Summer Programming with Lakota Culture Day Camp and Arts Workshops

In the final weeks of summer break, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is providing young people with new opportunities to explore Lakota culture and the arts. The nonprofit youth organization recently hosted a Lakota Culture Day Camp and culture/art workshops, and this week, RedCan 2021 artist Tsel is on campus to work with CRYP’s teen art interns and lead a public class. […]

Cheyenne River Youth experience Bear Butte with CRYP and “Connecting with our Homelands” Grant

With support from the National Park Service and Bozeman, Montana-based Hopa Mountain, the Cheyenne River Youth Project chaperoned a group of eight Lakota youth ages 14-16 to Bear Butte State Park and the Black Hills earlier this month. The trip was made possible through the NPS “Connecting with our Homelands” travel grant. On Thursday morning, Aug. 5, the group traveled from CRYP’s […]

Sacred Heart Catholic Parish 200 Club Drawings

The Sacred Heart Parish of Dupree held their monthly 200 Club Drawings Sunday, August 15, 2021 following Holy Mass & Brunch.  Winners were: $50–Dustilyn Lemke, Dupree, SD; $50–Fr. John  Paul Trask, Eagle Butte, SD; $25–Ryan Farlee, Timber Lake, SD; $25–Leone Geppert, Spearfish, SD; $25–Evelyn Anderson, Dupree, SD; $25–Ray Lenk, Pierre, SD.

Cheyenne River Youth Project will fulfill school supplies requests between Aug. 11 and Sept. 1

With Covid cases on the rise in South Dakota, the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte is asking local families to place orders for their children’s school supplies in advance. Staff members will fulfill those orders between Aug. 11 and Sept. 1, and they will contact families to schedule pickup dates and times. Families who are not yet members of CRYP’s […]

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