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Alissa Benoist selected for Leadership Group for MIT’s 2019 Indigenous Communities Fellowship

Four Bands Community Fund is pleased to announce that their Program Coordinator, Alissa Benoist, has been chosen to be a part of the Leadership Group for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve’s 2019 Indigenous Communities Fellowship. The Leadership Group was formed by invitation only and is comprised of 11 thought leaders from across the country. Through this unique opportunity, Alissa […]

5th Annual Research Symposium for Cheyenne River Reservation

The 5th Annual Cheyenne River Research Symposium Researching, Restoring & Rebuilding Our Oyate for a Longer Life is approaching fast! The free public symposium is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Cheyenne River College Center. Missouri Breaks and The Keya Foundation are hosting the Symposium and bringing Researchers from near and far to […]

State & National News

STATE: Historical Society Annual History Conference April 26-27 in Pierre PIERRE, SD – “New Insights into Old Stories” is the theme for the 2019 annual history conference of the South Dakota State Historical Society, to be held April 26-27 at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre. “The ways we discover, use and share South Dakota’s history are continually changing,” said Chelle […]

Orville LaPlante: a champion on court and in life


Some names are synonymous with greatness: Ali, Elway, Jordan — and in the fierce Indian- Country-basketball-world –LaPlante. Orville LaPlante. The 76-year old basketball legend from White Horse is known for not only his athleticism on the court, but his love of life and adventure. For years, LaPlante has coordinated and led wagon train rides from his ranch on Cheyenne River. […]

West River Eagle no longer offering news in virtual reality

The staff of the West River Eagle was informed that our access to the interactive news has been sold to a larger company. With the sale came greatly increased cost that will no longer allow us to participate in the new technology. We regret that we will no longer be able to offer this aspect of our reporting to or […]

Disaster resources for producers

Help Line Resources and Crisis Support • Call 211 for immediate support or contact the Avera Farmer Stress Hotline at 800.691.4336. • Support is also available by texting your zip code to 898211 or by emailing help@helplinecenter.org. Assistance for Livestock Losses • The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) is available for livestock owners or contract growers through the USDA Farm Service […]

Manganese in drinking water

PIERRE, SD – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is reviewing available manganese data from regulated public drinking water systems to determine if levels are higher than EPA health advisory levels published in 2004.  EPA has never established a drinking water standard for manganese, but has renewed their interest by requiring drinking water systems serving 10,000 or more […]

State & National News

STATE: Board adopts new school library and world languages content standards RAPID CITY, SD – The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in the subject areas of School Library and World Languages at its meeting on March 28. “Adopting state content standards is one of our primary roles as a board,” said Sue Aguilar, president […]

Noem approves a balanced budget for FY2020

Signs twenty-eight bills on a variety of topics PIERRE, SD – This week, Governor Kristi Noem signed final appropriations bills for FY2020. “When I took office in January, I promised South Dakota that my administration would remain rooted in fiscal integrity,” said Noem. “This week, I signed budget legislation that is balanced, addresses critical needs, and invests in the next […]

GROW South Dakota receives NeighborWorks America grants

GROW South Dakota, a member of the NeighborWorks network, is receiving $564,000 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, dba NeighborWorks America. This grant will support its affordable housing and community development activities. “We’re pleased to receive this funding from NeighborWorks America,” said GROW SD CEO Marcia Erickson. “NeighborWorks funds are critical to the success of the programs and services we provide. […]


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