Oglala Nation battles COVID-19 on Pine Ridge reservation

The Oglala Sioux Tribe began mass testing last week after community spread of COVID-19 was reported on the reservation. There are 23 positive cases on Pine Ridge as of today. A tentative schedule for the Tribe’s coronavirus drive-thru testing shows 16 locations cites, which will be conducted in various districts within the reservation. Included in the plan is today’s testing […]

Frazier: Every life does matter to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe remains in Level 3 of their COVID-19 Response Plan, said CRST Chairman Harold Frazier in his daily address this afternoon. The chairman apologized and said the meeting between himself, CRST Tribal Council, and the team of medical specialists did not take place yesterday afternoon as planned. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for this Friday, said […]

Farmers Unions partner with National Breast Cancer Foundation to spread awareness with pink manure spreader

As many know, cancer doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care how much your family, or your farm depends on you. For generations, Farmers Union has lent a hand to various causes through legislation, education, and philanthropy. Now it’s our turn to take on breast cancer. In collaboration with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Farmers Union is excited to announce our Spreading Awareness […]

Week 4 of COVID-19: Changes and changes yet to come

Four weeks have passed since the first COVID-19 case was reported on Cheyenne River and since then, the patient has been released from hospital and is now home. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier said he, the CRST Tribal Council, and the medical team are in discussions about the possibility of moving back down to Level 2 of the […]

Cheyenne River Memorial Day Schedule of Events


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Veterans Association Memorial Day Services Saturday, May 30, 2020 6:30 a.m. Longbrakes 7:00 a.m. High Elk Hill 7:30 a.m. Charger Camp 8:00 a.m. Dupris Family 8:30 a.m. Buffalo Church Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Knight Family 10:30 a.m. Frazier Cemetery 11:00 a.m. Red Scaffold Catholic 11:30 a.m. Episcopal Community 12:00 p.m. St. Marks Catholic Cemetery 12:30 p.m. Chasing […]

Summer 2020 climate and drought outlook

With alternating cool and warm weather patterns throughout the last few months and the summer season ahead, temperature continues to be a challenge for climate forecasters in South Dakota. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center released their June climate outlook on May 21. Regarding temperature, the outlook did not provide a clear prediction of what is […]

Former Tribal Chair & Former Councilmember Sentenced for Embezzlement Scheme

Defendants Prosecuted as Part of The Guardians Project, a Federal Law Enforcement Initiative to Combat Corruption, Fraud, and Abuse in South Dakota. United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced today that two former Crow Creek Sioux Tribe councilmembers were sentenced for their roles in an embezzlement scheme involving tribal funds.  Chief U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange presided over the sentencing […]

USDA to provide $1 Billion in loan guarantees for rural businesses and ag producers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the Department is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program provisions included […]

SDFU signs letter calling out EPA for failure to protect Americans

The South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) joined a broad group of ten energy and agriculture organizations in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to condemn statements by its own Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) that dismissed the findings of a recent study by Harvard University linking air pollution to higher fatalities from the Covid-19. SDFU’s president, Doug […]

South Dakota Beef Industry Council to fill open Board of Director seats for 2021 Fiscal Year

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) is currently seeking to fill eight Board of Director seats for the 2021 fiscal year. New directors will start their three-year term on October 1, 2020.     The SDBIC is comprised of eight partner organizations: SD Cattlemen’s, SD Stockgrowers, SD Farm Bureau, SD Farmers Union, SD Cattlemen’s Auxiliary, SD Cattlewomen, SD Beef […]

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