Thirteen candidates to vie for CRST Chairman seat

Twelve petitions and one nomination were filed with the Tribal Secretary for the seat of Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

The chairman seat currently occupied by Kevin Keckler is up for election this year. Keckler who has served since 2010 will not seek re-election to the seat but will run for a vacant District Four seat.

The thirteen candidates for Chairman At Large are Manny C. Iron Hawk, Amos J Cook III, Ronald Eagle Chasing, Harold Frazier, Joseph Brings Plenty Sr., Lanny Laplant Jr., Wm. Carl High Bear Sr. (nomination), Thomas R. Eagle Staff, Robert “Bob” Walters, Derek Bartlett, Wayne L. Ducheneaux II, Ryman G LeBeau, and Bryce In The Woods.

For more of this story, look at our July 3rd issue!

Ziebach County Commissioners declare disaster after flooding




The Ziebach County Commissioners passed a resolution requesting Federal Disaster Relief at the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, July 1.  Over 140 roads and culverts have been affected by heavy rainfall and hail. Above: the road near Glad Valley Dam was washed out in the recent flooding.


Two local teams competing at NABI tourney

Two area basketball teams made up of high school students, ranging from incoming freshman to graduating seniors, will compete at the 12th annual Native American Basketball Invitational tournament (NABI) on July 1-5, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ.

Hoksila Sica or Bad Boys is made up of players mostly from Eagle Butte. Team members include Xavier Norris, Wyatt Knight, Jeffrie Shaving, Hoss Rave, Creighton LeBeau and Brenden Walking Elk. Other team members include Kein Clements from Red Cloud, Reuben Estes from Chamberlain and Bubba and Nick Young from White River. The team is coached by brothers Jim and Ed Norris.

For more look at our July 4th issue!



Louise Widow

Funeral services for Louise Widow, 80, of Red Scaffold, SD, were Monday, June 30th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Red Scaffold Gym. Burial will followed at Frazier Cemetery, rural Red Scaffold, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge. We met on the Red Scaffold Hill on Sunday, June 29th, at 5:30 p.m. to process to the gym for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Louise entered the spirit world June 18, 2014, in Pierre.

Hildred Louise Widow was born June 2, 1934, in Red Scaffold, South Dakota to Phillip Lone Eagle-Kills Crow and Frances Knife. She was raised by Emily Hunter and Louise Mutley in Red Scaffold, South Dakota. Louise attended school at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain and also at the Old Agency Boarding School.

She married Douglas Widow on May 15, 1954, in Dupree, S.D. To this union 7 children were born: Loretta, Elaine, Leslie, Suzan, Yvonne, Richard and Doug, Jr. As Douglas was a UCC Pastor, the family lived in various places, including Red Scaffold, Phoenix, AZ, Cannon Ball, ND and Bridger, SD before moving back to Red Scaffold in 1969. The family was given land at a scatter site east of Red Scaffold in the Frazier area where they built a home in 1973. After Douglas’ death in 2003, Louise continued to live in their home until moving to the Golden Living Center in Pierre in 2012. She passed away at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre on June 18, 2014.

Louise worked for a number of years as a cook at the Head Start. She enjoyed singing hymns out the Dakota hymnal, sewing, cooking and baking, walking to church and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Elaine Widow and Suzan Widow, Takini, SD and Douglas Jr. (Cornelia) Widow, Red Scaffold, SD; adopted sons, Richard Tolman, Selfridge, ND and Marty Thompson, Eagle Butte, SD; adopted daughter, Ellen Elk, Belcourt, ND; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, many of whom she helped raise; siblings, Stella (Harvey) Eagle Horse and Violet Long Eagle, Eagle Butte, SD and Kay Allison, Rapid City, SD along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to list.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Sr. in 2003; children, Loretta, Leslie, Richard & Yvonne; siblings, Dorothy, Katherine, Margaret, Merle, Harlan and James and also by Theodore Knife, Sr., Theodore Buffalo, Darlene Young Bear and Viola Knife.

HVJ Cultural Center awarded grants to improve building and services

The HV Johnston Lakota Cultural Center in Eagle Butte has received funding to renovate the building and improve services.

They were awarded a TECA grant for building renovations and upgrades. “The building has not had any major renovations since it was built in 1973,” said Trini Bird Necklace, Cultural Center Director.

Renovations include a new roof, new ceiling and kitchen repairs. “We’d like to get it back up to code,” Bird Necklace said. “It will be like a remodeled kitchen. It needs an upgrade – it’s long overdue.”

For more of this story, look at our June 26th issue!

Woodward and partner state champion ropers




Brent Woodward of Dupree roped his way to a State Team Roping Championship with partner Sam Huffman of Belle Fourche this past weekend at the South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals in Belle Fourche.

Woodward and Huffman jumped out with back to back second place finishes in the first two rounds to add 28 points to their tally. The duo finished fifth on Sunday’s short go to clinch the championship over runner-ups Reece Wientjes and Nolan Richie. The team also won the average with a total time of 29.120.

For more look at our June 26th issue!

Homemade apple pie anyone?

During the Ziebach County 4H Project Day on June 17th, Mrs. Lisa Till guided all of these students in making tasty apple pies that they took home to enjoy with their families. (L-R) Riley Tibs, Alan Lemke, Erin Lemke, Marlene Woodward, Case DePoy, Ali Hauser, Hayley DePoy, Treg Thorstenson, Mrs. Lisa Till, Rio Delarosa, Zoey Delarosa, and Brodie Bachman. Not Pictured: Jacelyn Harris who also made a pie.



Summer Food Service Program offered at YMCA Camp Marrowbone

The Sioux YMCA Leslie Marrowbone Memorial YMCA Camp announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be served to all enrolled children at no additional charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

The Leslie Marrowbone Memorial YMCA Camp is located on Stove Creek, near Swiftbird, SD.   This is a residential summer camp that will operate for six weeks during the summer of 2014.  The first week of camp is June 24; there will be no camp the week of July 4.  Camp will resume the week of July 8 and operate each week through August 8, 2014.   All children who attend camp will receive three meals a day free of charge.  Children must be between the ages of 8-16 to attend camp.   Camp meals are served as follows:  breakfast at 8:30-9:00 AM, lunch at noon-12:30 PM , and supper at 6:00-6:30 PM.

For more of this story, look at our June 26th issue!

Moreau Grand to vote on new district boundaries

Proposed district boundaries

Proposed district boundaries

current district boundaries

current district boundaries


Moreau-Grand Electric Co-op members will vote on proposed new district boundaries at their annual meeting in October.

Moreau-Grand Manager Melissa Maher explained that the purpose of  redrawing the districts is to equalize the number of Moreau-Grand members within the five districts.

“The idea is a simple concept of having the same representation of membership per director,” Maher said.

With 3900 members, the optimum number per district would be 783.

For more check out of  June 19th issue!

Mosquito control/prevention grant

Dupree was one of nearly 100 South Dakota local governments,  to receive and share in a $500,000 grant program intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus, announced South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.

“When West Nile emerged in South Dakota only a few communities had a mosquito control program. Today more than 80 percent have some type of mosquito control program in place,” said the Governor. “The state is pleased to support the work of those local programs with this funding.”

For more look at our June 19th issue!