Recognizing High Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association defines high blood pressure (HBP) or hypertension as a condition diagnosed when your heart has to consistently work extra hard to pump blood through your vessels. According to a 2018 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian/ Alaska Native adults were 10 percent more likely than white […]

Questions swirl around who qualifies next to get COVID-19 vaccine in South Dakota

South Dakota health officials and medical providers have been near the top of the nation in administering COVID-19 vaccines as they become available, but a significant new challenge awaits as the state moves into a much larger, more difficult-to-define population of people who may qualify for a shot. That upcoming subset of people will include an estimated 80,000 residents with […]

Cheyenne River Man, Beau DuBray, Inspired Others Before His Death

Beau Thomas DuBray (Nagi Thathanka, Buffalo Spirit), 18, of Blackfoot, son of Fred and Michelle DuBray and brother of Elsie, passed away due to suicide on November 19 in Hanover, NH. The Dartmouth newspaper reported that Hanover Police chief Charlie Dennis, police and a medical examiner responded to a call at 10 Mass Row in Hanover at 8:07 a.m. Dennis […]

Cook of the Month: Keya Café Cook Brenna Crow

Brenna Crow is the cook the Keya Café, a project of the Cheyenne River Youth Project. She is mostly self-taught. She had no professional experience cooking before she started working at CRYP. She liked to make food the way she would like to eat it and has worked hard to develop her expertise.s Brenna grew up in Eagle Butte, where […]

COVID-19 current case count

January 19, 2021 Current COVID-19 Response Plan Level 5 Things of Note: CNN reported that more than 60% of all US COVID-19 cases were reported since Election Day. Two new variants have emerged in recent weeks that are more contagious, one in the UK and one in Ohio. It is imperative that readers keep their guard up and go back […]

West River Eagle Weather Outlook

High winds usher in Arctic Blast To the delight of everyone, winds will calm down this weekend. Last week, wind gusts of 80mph were reported near Eagle Butte. High winds caused the type of damage typical of a windstorm. Tragically, the high winds also caused a grass fire to rage across 19,400 acres near Lemmon, appropriately and officially named “The […]

West River Eagle announces Interim Editor


Fran Carr has been named Interim Editor of the West River Eagle.  Ms. Carr has been a freelance writer for the paper since early 2020, writing on topics of national and South Dakota politics and the intersection of Indigenous and colonial cultures in politics, arts, activism, food and culture. She is new to journalism and the West River Eagle is […]

City of Eagle Butte met Jan. 14 for special meeting

The city of Eagle Butte held its first ever meeting by Zoom on January 14. It was a special meeting called to discuss the question of combining city elections with school district 20-1 elections. In attendance were Rolland Ducheneaux, Dale McCrea, John Bachman, Harley Morgan, Dale Lesmeister, Tiny Martin, James Traversie, Sheila J. Ganje, Norman R. Schuler, Maxwel Ganje, Jeannie […]

CRST Chairman greets president- and vice-president elect

CRST Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier released a video greeting to president-elect Biden and vice president-elect Harris on Monday ahead of the inauguration. The video appeared on Frazier’s official Facebook page. The video shows Frazier in traditional wapáha/headdress standing outside in a snowstorm at what appears to be a tribal health checkpoint. A Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe flag and wápaha/prayer staff are held […]

Opposition to historic nomination of Deb Haaland to Dept. of Interior in Minnesota

Attack on historic nomination The chair of the House’s sub-committee on  Indigenous People’s has come out in opposition of the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) to Secretary of the Interior under the incoming Biden administration. According to NBC news, Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN) of Minnesota’s 8th District wrote a letter to his colleagues to drum up support to ask […]

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