Tribal officers awarded for dedication

High Elk leads Young Women’s Talking Circle

The Cheyenne River Youth Project has announced that Lori High Elk is leading a “Wachinkichiya Circle” — a young women’s talking circle — every week at Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) in Eagle Butte. Scheduled for 5-6 p.m. on Tuesdays, the talking circle is open free to young women ages 13-18. The talking circle is a safe space where teens […]

Hemp takes first step toward legalization

PIERRE, SD  — Gov. Kristi Noem wants legislators to put the brakes on legislation that would allow South Dakota farmers to grow hemp. At her press conference on Friday, the governor noted that it would take time for the federal government to develop hemp guidelines and time for the state agriculture department to create a program and develop roadside testing. […]

State & National News

National: Largest meth drug bust in U.S. the result of an international sting Operation Hoth, named for the Rebel base in the movie Star Wars, resulted in the confiscation of 3,800 pounds of meth, 55 pounds of cocaine and about 11 pounds of heroin on Jan. 11 according to an NBC report on Feb. 7. The estimated U.S. street value […]

Tie Senate vote defeats rape legislation

PIERRE, SD — A rare tie vote in the Senate led to the defeat of a bill that would have kept rape defendants from claiming that they thought a victim was old enough to consent or capable of giving consent. “Rape is a serious and emotional crime,” said Sen. Lynne DiSanto, R-Box Elder, noting for the Senate that during the […]

Bill allows victims to require HIV test of attacker

PIERRE — Though a similar provision already exists in state law, on Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee endorsed HB1061 which allows victims of sexual assault to request an HIV test of their attacker. Rep. Tim Reed, R-Brookings, explained that HB1061 would be a duplication of current law but that the federal government wanted stronger language and threatened to withhold a […]

Keep animals safe during freezing temps

Living in a rural community, it is not uncommon to leave our pets outside, and even though our outdoor animals are often equipped to adapt to the environment, we can still assist them in the rapidly fluctuating weather conditions we have been facing. When outdoor pets are not provided or allowed into shelter during a storm they seek whatever shelter […]

What you should know about e-cirgarettes and JUUL

One of the most popular brands of e-cigarettes are called JUUL and as of June 2018 they have taken over 60% of the e-cig market and are being used in schools and public places. JUUL’s nicotine liquid refills are called “pods” and the amount of nicotine in one JUUL pod or cartridge is roughly equal to the amount of nicotine […]

Smokeless doesn’t mean harmless: Check yourself monthly

Are you ready to be “Through With Chew”?  Smokeless forms of chew and spit tobacco are not harmless and they are not a safe alternative to cigarettes.  In reality, chew and spit tobacco products cause cancer, heart disease and death.  Chewing tobacco contains twenty-eight cancer causing chemicals and one dip is equal to 3-4 cigarettes or more.  In the United […]

Indigenous actress earns history Best Actress nomination

Actress Yalitza Aparicio was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for her perfor-mance as Cleo in the 2018 film, Roma. Her nomination is historical because it is the first time an indigenous actress has ever been nominated for in this category. Aparicio is half Mixtec and Triqui, which are both indigenous tribes in Mexico. At 24 years old, Aparicio […]

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