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West River Eagle welcomes Tasi Livermont as new editor

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by WRE staff

Tasiyagnunpa ‘Tasi’ Beth Livermont began her editorship at the West River Eagle, Monday, August 6, 2012. Since March, Livermont covered the Eagle Butte City Council and other news for the WRE. Her duties will continue to include reporting on various governmental activities and area news, as well as helping guide editorial content and style.

“I hope my passion for community journalism and tribal scholarship will serve the West River Eagle well, as a newspaper serving a diverse population like the cities of Eagle Butte and Dupree, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and subsequent counties,” said Livermont.

A graduate of the 2001 American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota, Livermont also took journalism classes at South Dakota State University. She founded and organized a regional blog project called Sustainable Dakota Digest as lead journalist and editor. Her first piece of fiction, “Turning Stone,” was included in the volume, “He Sapa Woihanble (Black Hills Dream),” recently published by Living Justice Press, Saint Paul.

Livermont was born in Pine Ridge, SD, and is enrolled in the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Mother of four, she and her family live in Eagle Butte.

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