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Coronavirus: Good news and bad After several weeks of heavy content, this week’s issue of the West River Eagle brings good news. The tribe continues at COVID-19 Response Plan Level 2 and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte schools are set to reopen on Monday. COVID cases went up last week from 4 to 15, but came down this week to 13. The weather […]

From the Interim Editor


An apology: Unwarranted speculation regarding the death of Justin Reede In last week’s article on the death of Justin Reede, I engaged in unwarranted speculation about the relationship between Reede’s death and what happened at the checkpoint earlier that night. I wondered what the checkpoint procedures are, if they were followed, and implied there is a connection between the checkpoints […]

Home and Garden Tips


Greetings everyone, I hope you and your families are well. Thank you again for your continued following. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be a part of this community. This week I will do something I don’t do often unless I think its worth it, and that’s to highlight a company. Cotters Cutting of Sioux Falls is a landscape […]

Political Voices: Bordeaux’s Weekly Report


Hau mitákuyepi na mitakolápi, iyuha caŋté wastéya nape ciuzápelo. Hello relatives, friends and neighbors. I extend my hand to you with good feelings from my heart and report to you on the 96th legislative session. It was a busy week for me as six of my bills were up this week, all on the day before crossover. That is the […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: Influenza rare this season


Do you know anyone who had influenza this past year? Chances are you do not. Sure, plenty of people had the “stomach flu” with vomiting and diarrhea, otherwise known as gastroenteritis. Some people had colds and others had COVID-19. But cases of influenza this season have been exceptionally low. Starting a year ago, when someone came to my clinic with […]

From the Editorial Board


It’s been an emotional and heavy week on Cheyenne River. The tragic death of Justin Reede shook the community. The investigation into his death is still underway and emotions are raw. Tribal Council deliberated how best to protect students from alleged verbal abuse and racial aggression on the Dupree high school basketball team, a story which is only beginning to […]

From the Interim Editor


Learning Lakota: Listen within your community On Valentine’s Day weekend I participated in a two-day Lakota language immersion class hosted by the Lakhota Language Consortium (www.lakhota.org). Students came from around the nation and the world to learn the basics of Lakota language. We had a student from Belgium and one from France. Many were from the Dakotas. Most were beginners […]

Home Improvement and Garden Tips


Greetings everyone and thank you again for your continued following. This past week was one for the record books, as one of the largest artic blasts on record reached into areas we would normally run to as an escape from the cold. Now that we know winter will not go quietly — as it was hinting it might – I […]

Political Voices: Bordeaux’s Weekly Report


Hau mitákuyepi na mitakolapi, iyuha caŋté wastéya nape ciuzápelo. Hello relatives, friends and neighbors, I extend my hand to you with good feelings from my heart and report to you on the 96th legislative session. I had the honor of introducing President Kevin Killer of the Oglala Sioux Tribe last week in the House chamber, along with tribal council members, […]

Prairie Doc Perspectives: A vaccine story for the ages


Last summer we heard the prediction that by the end of 2020, we would have a safe, effective vaccine to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which had only been discovered, of course, in December 2019, before causing countless deaths and mayhem in the world as we knew it. I must admit, I was skeptical. Early in the pandemic, I learned that the […]


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