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COVID-19 current case count

January 5, 2021 Current COVID-19 Response Plan Level 5 Things of Note: After a few weeks of downward trend, the seven-day average for South Dakota is on the rise again. Overall, South Dakota is fourth in the nation for where cases are high and trending down. The other three are Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Idaho. Our neighbors in North Dakota, Iowa, […]

Two early cases of COVID, one year later


Earlier this year the West River Eagle reported on two very early cases of COVID-19 in Albemarle County, Virginia. One of the men, Freeman Allan, has connections to Cheyenne River and had been here in the summer of 2019. We contacted Allan and his friend David West to ask about their recovery and any long-term effects. Early Exposure David West […]

Welcome 2021 Birds


Most birders I know are list makers.  I have a life list, and I keep lists of the birds I see each year, subdivided by location:  state, county, yard.  At the end of the year, I tally them up.  And then on January 1, I make a list of the birds I hope to see in the coming year.  Most […]

West River Eagle Local Weather Outlook


Warmer than it should be, but still cold The historic average temperature for Eagle Butte in the second week of January is 23.84°F with a record high of 60°F and a record low of -24°F.  Our average daily temperature to this date for January 2021 is 39.95° F with a high of 49°F.  Our lowest 2021 temperature to date is […]

CRST Farm to School Lunch Program to launch


The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Buffalo Authority Corporation recently received a Farm to School Planning Grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). According to project manager Joanna Studt, the purpose of the program is to “figure out a healthy competitive way to get local meat into the schools.” The program seeks to connect local beef […]

COVID-9 Current Case Count

December 29, 2020 Current COVID-19 Response Plan Level: 5 Things of Note: Cases remain high in South Dakota and in all neighboring states; North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana, Iowa and Wyoming. In the United States a harrowing number of people have died, over 343 hundred thousand. We continue to track Minnesota, North Dakota and Vermont for comparison. All three states […]

West River Eagle Weather Outlook


Winter Is Here 31 December 2020 This is the first forecast for the new year! We will have cold weather in January, colder weather in February and March, and a good thaw in April, along with our annual spring flooding.  There will be fields of blooms in the spring followed by plenty of mosquitos, flies, and heat throughout the summer.  Autumn […]

In final chaotic days Trump retaliates against Republicans including Thune


In the midst of chaos in the last days of his administration, Donald Trump retaliated against Senators Thune (R-SD) and McConnell (R-KY) for acknowledging former Vice President Joe Biden as president-elect. Thune is the Majority Whip in the Senate and No. 2 to Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader. On December 15 McConnell spoke on the Senate floor saying, “The Electoral […]

Tiospaye Topa School receives Creating Learning Connections Grant

A recent survey found that 40% of children do not have reliable internet and almost 40% are without access to functioning devices. The closure of schools in March exacerbated an existing crisis in education for children in poverty, millions of whom do not have access to enable virtual learning. These children are isolated without educational support and are falling further […]

Massacre of Wounded Knee Creek/Čhaŋkpé Ópi Wakpála Congressional Medal of Honor recipients

In keeping with the remembrance of those lost, wounded and survivors at the Massacre of Wounded Knee, the following is the list of names of members of the 7th Cavalry and the 1st and 2nd US Artillery of the United States, commanded by Major Samuel M. Whitside, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions at the Massacre […]


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