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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe members attend summit in Oklahoma


Eagle Butte S.D. – May 16, 17, and 18, 2019, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal members and a guest traveled to the homelands of the Ponca Nation, in an effort to continue building relationships with the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma and Nebraska. This included youth and adults who have been collaborating with other tribes in building a strong working relationship with […]

Keeping time under pressure


Like the fancy dancer gliding across the dance floor, landing on the beats of the drum and floating on the melody of the singers, we get things done. Pressure is the drum beat pushing us along, enticing us to keep moving toward whatever goal or end we have set out to achieve. Sometimes the pressure gets a bit too much, […]

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s — A resting place for heroes


It’s a few years into the future and a I drive past a grand entry that reads “South Dakota Veterans Cemetery” American flags line the drive as I pull into the cortege lane and exit my vehicle. I survey the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery as we prepare for the first internment of a hero who has opted to spend eternity […]

Guest Column: To those who serve


May is National Military Appreciation Month, a time to recognize, honor, and thank all of the men and women in uniform who selflessly serve our state and nation. When I reflect on their service and sacrifice, it’s hard not to think about my dad and personal hero, Harold, and all of the men and women who today fill the ranks […]

Gardening tips with Floyd Braun


Floyd Braun is a Landscape Professional residing in Eagle Butte S.D. since 2010. Floyd has a Technical Certification in Landscaping from Clover Park Vocational College and is a graduate of the Washington State Master Gardener Program. Greetings everyone, I am so happy that spring in South Dakota has arrived; after the longest winter in my memory. Whether you are a […]

The nature of humanity: from nature or nurture


My American Literature class raised an interesting question: do humans grow into worse people as they get older? While that is a paraphrase of the original question, it led to some interesting contemplation without any certain answer, because it all depends, doesn’t it? Circumstances, outside influences and genetics all play a role, and people who grow up in dire circumstances […]

Drown weather weary blues in sweaty clothes and bright lights


Large snowflakes plummeted from the sky onto the green grass, held fast for a few hours, and then melted. When I walked out of the school building and into the chilled air, the remnants of our May snow shower remained in small patches across the ground and in the crevices of vehicles. In January, I hoped for a long cold […]

Change is everything


Change can come in many forms in our lives. Even though change is often difficult, it may also be for the best. When most people think about change, they often think about external stuff, like a new job or a new location.    In reality change starts with changing the way you see your life on a daily basis. Everyday […]

Congress must act to strengthen consumer data privacy


There’s little doubt that technological advancements have, in many ways, made life easier and more efficient for the American people. We have better and safer modes of transportation, faster ways to communicate and purchase items for ourselves and our families, and more effective tools to monitor and deliver health care. While there are plenty of advantages to these advancements, Americans […]

Vaccines protect you, your family, and your community


Pockets of our country are experiencing a significant uptick in the number of measles cases. Measles is not a harmless childhood illness. It is actually a highly contagious, dangerous disease that can even be deadly. But measles is also easily preventable with a vaccine. There’s a lot of misinformation swirling around, so let me provide the facts: vaccines save lives. […]


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