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To Walk In Beauty: A veteran among the Lakota Oyate: Taking my place and fulfilling duties


It’s that time of year again when we take a moment to reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of veterans, past and present. In this edition, you will find photos of service members from across Cheyenne River who served in different military branches at different times throughout the history of the United States. There is no doubt that this is […]

Home Improvement Tips


Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you, your families and homes. So far our fall weather has not been as bad as it could be, and there is still time to get some indoor and outdoor projects done. I will go over a couple of simple projects you can do which will save you money on your water, […]

At the Heart of It: When we are very young, everything is possible


With the sun streaming through the budding leaves and the chill of winter chased to the northern regions of the planet, I twirled in the patch-quilt-patterned dress my Grandma Rosemary made for me.  The blacktop of the drive was faded and cracked under my sandals. Easter was upon us. The sun was warm on my head and arms, and I […]

At the Heart of It: The expert doesn’t dabble, or does she? 


Accountability issues call into question the validity of experts. On the one hand, we accept what experts tell us.  For example, if you have an issue with the law, you hire a lawyer who is an expert in the area of law your case challenges. If your electrical outlet sparks, you call an electrician. If you need a paper reviewed, […]

Garden and Home Improvement Tips


Greetings to everyone. I hope all is well with you and thanks again for reading this week. I will cover several things this week, including winter prep and house plants Salt and deicing alternatives There is no 100% way to get away from salt use in the winter, but there are ways to use less of the chemicals found in […]

This is South Dakota


Hello! Bryon Noem here. Earlier this year, I became South Dakota’s first First Gentleman when my wife, Kristi, became the 33rd governor of our state. I’ve had the privilege to stand beside her as she’s tackled some big issues and worked to make South Dakota stronger for the next generation… I’m pretty proud of her! When Kristi was elected, people […]

Kind treatment and hospitality at Tiospaye Topa School: A reminder that we are all related

Since taking the reins as editor, I have made it my mission to cover as much as I can of the events that are happening on Cheyenne River. With a staff of four full-time employees and a handful of freelance writers and photographers, each week we strive to cover an area roughly the size of Connecticut. It is not an […]

Takini Skyhawks Football Team: Lakota values in action

Have you ever tried something new that you have no experience with?  There are two ways to proceed when stepping out of a comfort zone when it is your first time trying something new…it may be a sense of nervousness, uncertainty, and doubt; or it may be full-steam ahead with excitement, comradery, and commitment. Takini School opted to play nine-man […]

Too quick to judge: we destroy what we could build


Too many people pass judgment on others in ways that tear each of us down rather than raise each of us up. People complain about the opportunities they do not get, and people complain about the opportunities they do get. People complain that council members and directors act as if they are above reproach, or have something against “full-bloods”, or […]

Home improvement tips


Greetings everyone, I hope this past week has gone well for you. Thanks again for your continued following and I hope you find this column interesting. This week I will focus on home improvement only, but some things I believe can be helpful for both owners and renters. For those who are considering a purchase at some point in the […]


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