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Trump’s veto of House bill to end State of Emergency for the wall shows more bravado than common sense


Fear is a powerful motivator, and leaders throughout history have used it to shape popular opinion, motivate obedience, and dupe the public. The fearful cries President Donald J. Trump amplifies from his entourage about the threats on the southern border pose a hauntingly dark shadow over an already bleak four years in the United States Presidency. Trump assembled an array […]

CRST Tribal Chairman Frazier’s Column


Statement from Chairman Harold Frazier regarding proposal by Governor Kristi Noem to add tribal flag to capitol rotunda Another decision by you, Governor Kristi Noem, has been made without the consent of the Lakota people and has resulted in an embarrassing situation for the state. It is embarrassing because your actions and decision were done without our consent. The Cheyenne […]

Awareness, assumptions and arses assemble en masse


Over the weekend I traveled over ice, snow and rough terrain to Sioux Falls. We saw Facebook posts of other West River people who bumped their way to the east side of the river for various reasons. Some were there for prom dresses, others for basketball games and still others, like us, to visit someone in the hospital. On Sunday […]

What about the evil we do?


The word “evil” seems archaic. It conjures images of a red demon with horns and a desire to destroy everyone and everything. The fact that any living creature would be happy to destroy others for no reason other than for its own pleasure baffles me, and yet people have proven they can and will do so — repeatedly. Serial killers […]

Letter to the editor. . .

The year 2019 began a disheartened time with the unexpected loss of my niece on Jan. 7, 2019, she was to go into a long-term care facility, out of state. On Jan. 12, 2019, my house was torched in the early hours of the morning, my granddaughter was being stalked by her boyfriend, who was sending dozens of young boys […]

Shine a brighter light on government in South Dakota


This week we celebrate the public’s right to know what our government is doing. “Sunshine Week” is a nationwide observance and in South Dakota we have open government issues worth celebrating and others sorely needing our attention. As South Dakota legislators put the finishing touches on the 2019 legislative session, there are notable open government achievements coming out of it. […]

CRST Tribal Chairman Frazier’s Column


Statement from Chairman Harold Frazier regarding legislation proposed by Governor Kristi Noem I am disappointed again with the leader of South Dakota. The Governor has not discussed any proposed legislation with the Sioux Nation or Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. This proposed legislation is designed to further an agenda of shoving this pipeline down our throats. She is putting the economic […]

Living in balance: what does that mean?


A common bit of advice I have heard over the years is that we should each be ourselves, and not worry about what other people think. While that sounds great, and plays into the idea that we each march to the beat of a different drummer, I am not sure that is the best advice to give or take. Granted, […]

Letter to the Editor…

Don’t be fooled. House Bill 1270 reads, “No teacher may be prohibited from helping students understand, analyze, critique, or review in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information presented in courses being taught which are aligned with the content standards established pursuant to § 13-3-48.” No teacher should be prohibited from helping students but that is […]

Dance in the fading daylight and shake the burden of ancestral sins


No one should feel bad for being who he or she is. We do not choose the skin in which we are born. We only choose our actions and reactions to others. Like it or not, believe it or not, I understand not being able to escape oneself — I am stuck in this body, with this mind and and […]


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