Assault on academic freedom and diversity is an existential crisis for South Dakota universities: Students must learn intercultural communication skills and cross-cultural competencies

State Senator Reynold Nesiba spoke to the Oceti Sakowin Caucus about Governor Kristi Noem’s anti-critical race theory rhetoric, attacks on diversity, and the future of South Dakota’s higher education institutions. The outspoken Democratic legislator, who serves as Professor of Economics at Augustana University, has called the governor’s assault on academic freedom un-American. At the heart of the discussion was Noem’s […]

Environmental justice and climate change is multi-dimensional for Indigenous people

Dr. Kyle Whyte, White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council member, spoke to the Oceti Sakowin Caucus about environmental injustice, environmental equity, consultation, tribal regulatory authority, and President Joe Biden’s initiative to combat climate change. Whyte is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and has written numerous articles about environmental justice and settler colonialism. A professor at the University of […]

Native American Artist Gallery to re-emerge with support from collaborative financing model

After being closed to the public since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Racing Magpie, an organization that provides creative workspace to Native American artists and is known for their contemporary art exhibits, plans to re-open in a new building on the southside of town in the coming months.    While they had previously leased space, Peter […]

West River Eagle Local Weather Outlook

Memorial Day weather was perfect, this week is going to get toasty. Scattered showers and pop-up thunderstorms this past week were not enough to pull us out of drought, but it was more than enough to turn the countryside green. This week will feel like summertime as bug swatting is sure to be back in our daily routine.  The weekend […]

COVID-19 current case count

May 31, 2021 Current COVID-19 Response Plan Level 2 Things of Note: Cases have gone up from 1 to 2 on CRST this week, but no one has died. Vaccinations are underway for anyone living on CRST. You do not have to be a tribal member to get one. First shots given: 3,026. Second shots: 2,787. In South Dakota 47% […]

Little Miss Pioneer Days pageant

The Ziebach County Historical Society will sponsor the 10th annual Little Tot and Little Miss Pioneer Days pageant. The pageant will take place in Pioneer Hall on Sunday, June 27, 2021.  Pageant criteria are 1) must live in Ziebach County, 2) must be a female, 3) must be 2-4 years of age for the Little Tot division or must be […]

ZCHS 18th annual Silent Auction

The Ziebach County Historical Society will hold its 18th annual Silent Auction on Saturday June 26, 2021, during the Pioneer Days celebration. The auction will be held at Harry’s Hall on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every interest and every age will be able to find something old or something new to bid on. There are sure […]

ZCHS seeks family stories

The Ziebach County Historical Society is seeking family stories for the sequel to the 1982 history book.  The Society would like to see every family in Ziebach County included in the book and urges everyone to gather their family’s history and write about it.  Let us know how and when your family first came to Ziebach County, where they settled, […]

The most abundant bird in America may surprise you!

I’ve only found one nest in the yard this year. To be honest, I haven’t looked very hard, not wanting to disturb the nesting birds or to call attention to their location. I couldn’t, however, miss the American Robin’s nest, which is perched rather precariously (to me, at least) on the bracket that sticks out a few inches from under […]

Local teen debates to win; donates to CRYP

Roosevelt High School Senior and CRST tribal member Jazmyn Luckett has accomplished a lot during her high school years. Her most recent accomplishment was a national debate team win which won her a scholarship and a donation to the charity of her choice. She chose Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte. Luckett won the Julia Burke Award at the […]

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