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 […]

West River Eagle Local Weather Outlook

Slight relief from heat on the way If drought conditions were less severe, this coming week would be ideal August weather. Sadly, the reality is that we are in need of rain and there is little chance of it. The weekend will kick off with an early morning low of 56°F and a pleasant high of just 85°F in the […]

Summer Roundup in birding

August is the low point of the birding year. Birds are starting to lose their breeding colors, and they seem less visible as they start to prepare for fall migration, which is heaviest late August through October and has already started for shorebirds and a few other species. It’s almost time to start looking at the “Confusing Fall Warblers” section […]

National Health Center Week 2021 begins

On August 8-14th, community health centers are celebrating National Health Center Week. The national campaign raises awareness about the mission, accomplishments, and impact of Community Health Centers in communities across America. Started almost 60 years ago, community health centers now serve more than 30 million patients in over 12 thousand communities across the country. Located in both rural and urban […]

What you need to know about Bladder Cancer

The 2020 World Health Organization has bladder cancer ranked as the 10th most common cancer in the world. In previous years, it hovered around 6th or 7th but the 2020 statistics could easily be influenced by delayed diagnosis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has delayed cancer diagnoses across the board. Bladder cancer is a common cancer diagnosis, yet […]

South Dakota supports Breastfeeding

In acknowledgement of the importance of breastfeeding to the health of South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed August 2021 as Breastfeeding Month.   South Dakota joins the nation and world in celebrating and supporting World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month through the theme ‘Every Step of the Way’ as support is essential to success and longevity.  Breastfeeding significantly […]

Virtual cancer support: GRYT Health fills need for remote connection during pandemic and beyond

GRYT Health is a virtual cancer organization that was started and is run by cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and researchers. Approximately 80% of their staff has personally experienced cancer.  A GRYT Health Community member said being involved with GRYT Health was her saving grace during her cancer treatments. “Even before the pandemic, going through cancer treatments can be extremely isolating,” […]

Noem releases misleading statement on CRT in SD schools as politicians use Critical Race Theory to widen American political divide

Governor Kristi Noem released a statement regarding Critical Race Theory (CRT) on August 5 in response to a four-page report from the South Dakota Board of Regents, the body charged with oversight of higher education in the state. In its statement, the SD Board of Regents sought to clarify the use of CRT in the state’s institutions of higher education, […]

West River Eagle Local Weather Outlook

Slight relief from heat wave on the way The weekend will be slightly cooler than last week but not by much; it will still be hot. It is, after all, August on the prairie. This year, August is likely to be one of the driest on record.  The UDSA has upgraded their drought assessment for our area to level 3, […]

The Lakota Comeback Kid: The Olympic Story of Makata Taka Hela

William Mervin Mills, “Billy” was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation on June 30, 1938, to a one-quarter Sioux mother and a three-quarters Sioux father. He would become known as Makata Taka Hela in Lakota which translates to “respects the earth.” He was considered mixed race by Indigenous standards and Indian by the local whites.  His mother passed when he was 8 […]

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