WRE Year in Review 2012 | West River Eagle

WRE Year in Review 2012



The area has been enjoying unseasonably warm weather. The temperature topped the charts three days in a row. January 3 was 58 degrees, January 4 saw temps of 59 degrees and January 5 walloped the previous record of 52 degrees set in 2008 with the high temperature of 63 degrees.

The Wakpa Waste Ho Coka Wicozzan Cheyenne River Health Center has opened its doors for business on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

Former Governor William Janklow’s flag draped casket lies in state at the State Capitol Rotunda for public viewing and memorial ceremony.

Ross DuBray is the new reporter and photographer at the West River Eagle.

Shelby Simon, Miss Dupree, Camy Maher, Miss Dewey County and Courtney Fischer, Miss Eagle Butte were participants in the 2012 State Snow Queen Festival held in Aberdeen.

The JV Braves basketball team reign supreme over Mobridge Tigers with a win of 39-35.


The WRE is offering free online subscriptions to all deployed men and women.

Jason Fischer took over as new store manager of Sturdevent’s Auto Parts.

Four Bands Community Fund moved a new office and training center on their property.

Timberline Media LLC, the Colorado based creative group is behind a new fine art book project to document the Cheyenne River’s beauty in unexpected places.

Linda and Blaine Nordvold were crowned Valentine’s King and Queen at the festivities held at the Nutrition Center.

The Episcopal Churches of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation welcome the Reverend Margaret H. Watson and her husband, the Reverend Joel Watson.

A bill making its way through legislature this session would allow the State Department of Education to draft its own standards and remove the state from the national No Child Left Behind Act.

Not since the 1996 LNI tournament consolation championship has CEB defeated the Red Cloud Crusaders. After 15 years the drought has ended as the CEB Braves defeated Red Cloud at home.

The many dance groups that are in Eagle Butte area met together for a night to share their interests, talents, hard work and joy in dancing with their friends, family and community at the second annual CEB Winter Dance Jamboree.

Market Research Report reveals large growth potential for Business-to-Business Market on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

To celebrate National FFA Week the CEB FFA chapter hosted the annual animal nursery.

The CEB Braves claim top spot in boys District 11A.

The Lady Braves finish the season as District 11A runner up.


Missoula Children’s Theatre presented “Alice in Wonderland” at the C-EB Auditorium.

About 40-50 people from several communities attended the Wolakota Omniciye grassroots meeting held at the Cultural Center.

The Ministry for Music Dinner and Program was held at the Landmark Hall.

Due to extreme dry conditions throughout the reservation and numerous fires over the past two weeks, Chairman Kevin Keckler hereby declares that there be no open fires under any circumstances.

Coach Crystal Anderson’s Destination Imagination Team of Dominique Miner, Mykel Lee, JohnHenry Hale, Curtis Petersen, Nevyn Mendoza, Jevan Moran and Lauryn Clown won first at the Regional Tournament in Rapid City.

Gerald and Stephanie Davidson, owners of D&D Tackle and Bait Shop are happy to announce the re-opening of “The Bait Shop” on April 1.

More than 70 teens attended the annual “Passion for Fashion” teen program event.

The CRST Fitness Center and GF&P Biologist, Richard LeBeau are coordinating Community Gardens 2012 “Growing Gardens-Growing Healthy Communities” is this year’s theme.

A surprise honoring was held for C-EB’s Girls Basketball Coach and Junior High Principal, Jesse Mendoza, who became the second Cheyenne Eagle Butte basketball player to be inducted into the South Dakota Basketball Hall of Fame.

Lou Lends His Horse wins 5th State AA Masters 8 Ball Tournament.

Joyce and Tami Collins, Ziebach County, were recipients of the 2011 Soil Conservation Award.

TTS Seniors Caden Benson and Catelyn Selby were named king and queen at their prom festivities.


Four candidates, Larry Keller, Mark Steffen, Richard Zacher and Wanda Lind vie for City of Eagle Butte Wards II and III.

There were several eggcellent Easter egg hunts in the city.

Chloe Gunville will take her basketball skills to the next level as she has signed a national letter of interest with Bismarck State College.

The 2012 CEB High School Prom was held under the reign of King Jetton Gunville and Queen Cindy Farlee on Saturday, April 14.

Three C-EB Seniors, Courtney Fischer, Jordan Heideman and Chloe Gunville received the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

The C-EB Livestock Team of Nickolas Berndt, Kirby Peterson, Clay LaPlante and Katie Berndt won a silver certificate at the State FFA Convention held at Brookings.

The State Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $200,000 low-interest loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the Tri County Water Association to construct an elevated water storage tank near Faith.

C-EB runners broke two meet records at the Big Dakota Conference track meet in Chamberlain. Dysan Lends His Horse set the new standard in the 1600 meter run finishing with a time of 4:30.27. The Girls Medley Team of Jimmi Lawrence, Theola Schad, Beautiful Bald Eagle knocked off nearly three seconds from the old record that was held by Winner for 23 years.

CRST Chairman Kevin Keckler and Zach Ducheneaux were among the many people that looked over the silent auction table at the Empty Bowls and Art Show at CEB last week.


Despite the rain and cold temperatures at the Black Hills Classic in Sturgis, Dysan Lends His Horse didn’t let the conditions slow him up as he heated up the track to emerge victorius in the 800 and 3200 meter runs.

Louis Jewett celebrated his 86th birthday, May 5.

CEB graduation exercises were held Sunday, May 13.

Mary Rousseau celebrated 30 years working at the State Bank of Eagle Butte.

The C-EB Braves Track Team nabbed 11 first places at the Sioux Relays.

Soldiers from the SD 200th Engineer Company were honored at a Welcome Home walk on Wednesday, May 16. The Company was deployed to Afghanistan for a year to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

Five C-EB boy and four C-EB girl runners ran their way to a trip to the State A track meet after turning out some top performances at the Region 6A meet in Chamberlain.

Dr. Cheri Farlee was honored at the E.A.G.L.E. Center Award’s Day for her years of service to the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School System.

Dysan Lends His Horse returned to the top of the podium after winning the South Dakota ClassA 1600meter run for the second year in a row.


State’s Attorney Jackley met with the CRST Tribal Council when the council was given the opportunity to ask questions about several judicial concerns on the reservation.

Alli Moran was elected president of the AIHEC Student Council at this year’s student meeting hosted by Oglala Lakota College in Rapid City, SD.

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Rural Area Veterinary Services teams traveled to the CRST Reservation. The crew consisted of 47 veterinarians, student veterinarians, veterinary technicians and volunteers.

Carrie Becker celebrated her 70th birthday with family and friends from far and near.

Jailynn Rose Knife, 5, performed a Fancy Dance for twenty-two Maori visitors who stopped in Eagle Butte on June 20. All individuals are members of the Institute of Excellence in the Maori Language in New Zealand.

An eight year old dream to bring medical facility to the west side of the reservation was realized on Victory Day as the community of Takini watched a semi-truck and crane drive in and unload a compact medical unit.

Area children are enjoying the Eagle Butte swimming pool which opened on June 18.

Holly Annis and Wayne L. Ducheneaux won the school board election.

The Eagle Butte Class of 1952 celebrated their 60th reunion.

The Bringing Back the Bow Camp had around 100 participants this year. The group of traditional bow enthusiasts have been coming to the Cheyenne River Reservation to volunteer their time and share their bow making talents with local kids and adults for eight years.


The 4th of July festivities included annual Horse Races presented by the Cheyenne River Horse Racing Association and the fireworks display put on by the Eagle Butte Fire Department.

1,982 hot dogs were served and many prizes were won at the Lakota Thrify Mart’s annual customer appreciation sale. Aldena Pretty Weasel was the grand prizewinner of the Weber 300 Gas Grill.

A little piece of Eagle Butte’s history is being torn down as Cody Briggs Construction began demolition work on the Bagley Grain elevator. The end of Main Street has been home to the elevators as long as anybody can remember.

2012 Canli Coalition Media Contest first place winners are Kameron Rousseau, Youth Division and Bryson Dupris, Adult Division. Second place winners are Malory Peacock, Youth Division and Mark Peacock, Adult Division.

Three fun filled Hometown Days were held July 20-21-22 with many activites for everyone to enjoy.

Thirty-five bull riders from across the state and from different riding associations entered and paid tribute to a fallen friend and bull rider at the 2nd annual Blue Annis Memorial.

Friends and family gathered at Clinton and Cathy Simon’s home to celebrate Clay Simon’s 50th birthday.


The city of Eagle Butte votes to annex 13 lots.

Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School will begin practices for all fall athletic sports and activities on August 13.

Dysan Lends His Horse, a 2012 C-EB graduate, will take his five-state running championships to the next level this fall as he prepares to run for the Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets.

About 75 bikers took part in the annual Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Run this past weekend as the ride passed through Eagle Butte.

School begins August 20 for students at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte.

The West River Eagle newspaper welcomes Tasi Livermont as new editor.

C-EB Kindergartners have fun playing on the new ‘big playground’ on the first days of the new school year.

Eagle Butte Head Start’s main center reopened two years after it was destroyed by a fire.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius visited Eagle Butte to tour the new Cheyenne River HIS facility and the CRST Daycare.


The 2012 CRST Labor Day Fair and Rodeo powwow danced to the beat of nationally-known drum groups, as well as the usual local talent. Other fun activities for the weekend included horse races, horseshoe tournament, men and women fast pitch tournaments, Rez Poetry Slam, parade, archery contest, 5K run/walk, playday, powwow royalty, Miss CR Rodeo Princess and Miss CR Rodeo contests.

KC Longbrake won the 10 second Wild Ride at the Monday afternoon rodeo performance.

The McLellan Homestead was honored as a Century Farm at the South Dakota State Fair. Those present for the presentation were Pam Wahlfeldt, Yvonne Donovan, Marian Schmidt, Dale McLellan and June McLellan.

The past came alive for former Eagle Butte resident, Lucy Ganje, while she was helping in the museum at the South Central Threshing Association’s historic print shop at Braddock, ND. She grew up helping at the Eagle Butte News which was formerly owned by her parents, Ben and Marjorie Ganje.

A new Neighborhood Watch program, sponsored by the City of Eagle Butte, will be kicking off in October, encouraging neighbors to look out for each other.

The CRST Telephone Authority announces the promotion of Mona Thompson to the position of CRSTTA general manager.

Family members, service people and others showed their gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice made by fallen soldiers from Cheyenne River by participating in a ‘Walk for the Fallen’.

The Eagle Butte City Council heard more public comment in their final public hearing regarding the proposed annexation before they passed the resolution to annex.


C-EB homecoming was celebrated with a parade, powder puff game, choosing the royalty, King Tristan Dolphus and Queen River Gunville, and hosting the football game against the Todd County Falcons.

The Harlem Ambassadors came to town to take on the local legends team War Hoopers.

Moreau Grand Electric held their 64th annual meeting at Isabel and presented service awards.

The City of Eagle Butte initiated a neighborhood watch program. James Larson, a Sioux Falls Police Officer who does work within the SF Neighborhood Watch Program, provided instruction and training on how to form and carry out a neighborhood watch program.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources awarded ten funding packages to various water projects in the state with 3/4 of the total funding available going to the City of Eagle Butte for three water projects.

Tanya Fiddler was among those who were seated for the first Board of Directors for Native CDFI Network.


Early voting and in-person absentee voting is an option in Eagle Butte for state/federal election as Julie Garreau and Michelle DuBray, both recipients of Bush Foundation Native Nations Rebuilders fellowship worked together on a voter acess campaign.

Cheyenne River has hired Luanne Uriel, a midwife, who has been providing prenatal care, women’s health care and delivering babies for over 20 years.

Daylight Savings time ends on November 4.

At the Eagle Butte Snow Queen and Talent Competition, Karmela Bachman was crowned 2012 Eagle Butte Snow Queen with Eva Town being 1st Runner-up and River Gunville being 2nd Runner-up. Steve Payne received the honor of being chosen as Citizen of the Year.

Tatum Ward of White Horse competed in the Junior Barrel Racing at the 2012 Indian Finals in Las Vegas. She placed 4th in the first round and 6th in the second round which qualified her to advance to the top ten in the short go performance In the final round Tatum and her horse, Scooter ran the pattern with a time of 15.137 to win the 2012 INFR World Championship Junior Barrel Racing title.

Marquel Shepherd and Nelly Dupris received Big Dakota Conference honors for the 2012 volleyball season.

Voters of the CRST voted overwhelmingly to accept a proposed settlement with the United States Department of Justice General Litigation Division in Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe v. Salazar.


The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe welcomed new council members, Derek Bartlett, Ted Knife, Jr., Ben Elk Eagle, Wayne Ducheneaux II, Scott Laundreaux, Johnilyn Garrett, Ryman LeBeau and Richard Rousseau during a swearing in ceremony.

CRST will soon be opening a homeless shelter in Eagle Butte.

The State Bank of Eagle Butte opened a new drive-through ATM located on Highway 212, between The Plains and Harding Motel.

Julie Thorstenson of Eagle Butte has been named to the fourth cohort of the Bush Foundation Native Nation Rebuilders.

Tatum Ward, daughter of Tater and Laura Ward, was honored by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe for bringing home the Junior Barrel Racing Indian National Finals World Championship from Las Vegas.

Christians from various churches held a prayer walk on December 12, inviting the public and public officials to stand together against a common enemy: suicide.

Kilpatrick Townsend &Stockton announced that the federal judge overseeing the historic Cobell settlement authorized $1000 payments to begin for approximately 325,000 Native Americans.