Lady Braves beat Panthers in overtime

Photo by Ross DuBray

Photo by Ross DuBray


by Ross DuBray

The Cheyenne Eagle Butte girls basketball team wrapped up their regular season last Thursday night in an overtime victory over the Timber Lake Lady Panthers.

Following four three-pointers in the first quarter by Timber Lake, the Lady Braves cut a ten-point Lady Panthers lead in half to trail 12-6 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the C-EB girls put forth a balanced scoring attack among five players to outscore Timber Lake 18-11 to take a one-point lead into halftime, leading 24-23.

The second half was a slower tempo for both squads as they tightened up their defenses giving up only 16 points between the two teams in the third quarter, with C-EB extending their lead to three points, 33-30.

Timber Lake’s Sydnee Mettler and Kyra Holzer each drained a three in the final quarter as Timber Lake outscored C-EB 12-9 to tie the game and send it into ovetime at 42-42.

In overtime, C-EB allowed the Lady Panthers a single field goal and two-free throws to pull away from Timber Lake with a 46-42 win.

Four C-EB players finished in double digits as Sam Bowker and Cassidy Hollow Horn paved the way with 13 points each. Tahnee Shaving and Dawnee Keckler each put up 10 points in the contest. Justice Fire Cloud put up four points and Mary Garter finished with one point to round out the win for C-EB.

Kyra Holzer hit four of Timber Lake’s nine three pointers to finish with 12 points. She was joined by Sydnee Holzer who hit three-three’s a field goal and a single free-throw to finish with 12 points as well. Josie White finished with eight points.


The Braves move into the regional tourn

ament with a 12-8 record and the second seed behind Winner. The Braves will get a first round bye on Tuesday. Tuesday night’s game will pit number three seed Mobridge-Pollock against number six seed Crow Creek. Number four Miller will host number five Chamberlain.

C-EB will play the winner of the Mobridge-Pollock/Crow Creek game on Thursday night here in Eagle Butte. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Region 6A championship match will be held in Ft. Pierre on March 6 at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Fast thinking six year old faces fear and saves mothers life


by Ross DuBray

Heros come in every shape and size and six-year-old Layton Haskell proved that you don’t have to be big to be a hero.

On the night of February 14, Layton and his mother Ronda Pearman were house sitting for an aunt. Pearman who is a diabetic said around 8:30 p.m. she took her medication.

“After I took my medicine, I went back to the living room and was watching tv with my son,” said Pearman. She said they were watching tv but soon fell asleep.  Around 11:30 p.m they woke up and decided to go lay down in bed.

“That’s the last thing I remember,” said Pearman. “The next thing I know, I’m in the Emergency Room.”

Around 4:30 a.m. Layton had woken up and tried to wake up his mom but she wouldn’t wake up.

“He was aware of my condition and I had told him before that if he couldn’t wake me up that he needed to go get help,” said Pearman.

After nervously pacing and looking out the window to the neighbor’s house, Layton ran next door to get help.

Layton ran to neighbor Catherine Clown’s house to tell them that his mom wouldn’t wake up.

Clown’s nephew woke her up and told her that there was a young boy outside and that he needed help.  “He told me that his mom wasn’t waking up,” said Clown.

Clown, who is a nurse went next door and tried to wake her but she still was unresponsive.

“She was showing all the signs of low blood sugar so I hurried up and called 911, I didn’t have anything with me to help her,” said Clown

The ambulance crew arrived about five minutes after Clown placed the call.  Clown took Layton to the hospital to be with his mom where emergency personnel brought her sugar levels up.

Clown said that Layton had told her he was really scared of the dark and had to get courage to go outside.

“Aside from the dark, he showed no fear. He never cried and was really calm through the ordeal,” said Clown.  “He just told me in a real calm voice my mom needs help.”

Pearman said she was told by the doctors that her blood sugar had dropped to a dangerously low level of 20.

When blood sugar levels drop, people can pass.  If untreated, low blood sugar could cause a person to fall into a diabetic coma, where severe brain damage or death can occur.

Pearman said she is lucky and is very thankful for her brave six-year old son. “He’s my hero, he  saved my life. I’m really proud of him!”


Katie Berndt, a senior at Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School was this year’s winner of the South Dakota Bankers Foundation Business Plan Competition.

Berndt was one of seven finalists from across the state. 65 business plans were submitted for the 2015 competition.

Berndt’s business plan, Berndt Angus, focuses on developing a breeding program for purebred Black Angus cattle to sell to other breeders who want to improve the genetics of their own herds.

In her business plan, Berndt laid out detailed start up costs along with operating costs needed to ensure that her business survives and is successful.

C-EB Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor Deb Joens served as an advisor for Berndt in the project.

Berndt joined the other six contestants in Pierre last Wednesday night at the Ramkota River Center for the finals of the competition. Berndt presented her plan to the Bankers Foundation.

The six other finalist were Soledad Rodriguez from White River; Emily Smith and Jacob Lux from Eureka; Bailey Moody and Logan Effling from Forestburg; Amanda Ricke from Madison; Heith Williams from Madison, and Mikenzie Mikkelson from Belle Fourche.

For first place, Berndt received $1,000 along with an iPad Air 2.

Katie is the daughter of Randy and Barb Berndt. Katie will graduate from C-EB in May and is planning on attending South Dakota State University in the fall and Major in Ag Communication.

Rose Torres


Rose Torres, age 33, of Albuquerque, NM and formerly of Eagle Butte, SD, entered the Spirit World on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

She is survived by two sons: Martine Torres of Albuquerque, and Andres Lovato of Eagle Butte. Her father, Adolph Torres of Albuquerque and mother, Cheryl Runs After-Lopez of Eagle Butte. Two brothers: Dylan Torres of Anthony, TX and Sheldon Mann of Eagle Butte.

A one night wake begins at 5:00 PM, Thursday, February 19, 2015 St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 PM. A funeral service will begin at 10:00 AM, Friday, February 20th, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the Eagle Butte Community Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rooks & Annis Funeral Home of Eagle Butte, SD



Victor E. Herrald, Sr.


Victor E. Herrald, Sr., age 70, of Cherry Creek, SD, entered the Spirit World on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Cheyenne River Health Center.

He is survived by six sons: Victor Herrald Jr, of Eagle Butte, Tom Janis, Kyle, SD, Andrew Herrald, Cottonwood Creek, SD, Brian Herald, Sioux Falls, SD, Sam Herrald, Dupree, SD, Dan Herald, Rapid City, SD. Four daughters: Vicky Herrald, Topeka, KS, Samantha Herald Swift Bird, SD, Alison Herrald, Denver, CO, Drew Herrald, Oak Creek, SD. One brother: Charles Herald, Jr., Cherry Creek. Two sisters: Ruth Ann Herrald, Custer, SD and Juanita Herald, Rapid City, SD. Numerous grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

A one night wake begins at 4:00 PM, Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the Cherry Creek Community Building, Cherry Creek, SD. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 PM. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 18, at the Cherry Creek Community Building, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the Episcopal Cemetery at Cherry Creek.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rooks & Annis Funeral Home of Eagle Butte, SD


Dupree city council passes resolution to add a $4.47 surcharge to sewage bills


by Jody Rust/Correspondent

Resolution No. 020215-1 was passed Monday, February 2, 2015 at the monthly Dupree city council meeting, adding a monthly surcharge of $4.47 to the City of Dupree’s sewage bills.

A public hearing will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 7:10 p.m. for Dupree residents who want to make comments or ask questions pertaining to this resolution or the sewage project in Dupree.

Residents with special needs who need to make arrangements for transportation or accommodations with the city to attend the meeting must call the city office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015.

The surcharge has been added to assist in the repayment of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan C461247-02, an addition to the surcharge of $10.55 that became effective in August 2013 to repay the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan C461247-01.

“We don’t have a choice about re-doing the sewer system, it’s required by the EPA,” said Mayor Ray Lenk.

Council member Greg O’Connell explained that the loan was need to supplement a grant the city received to update the Lagoon and sewage system in Dupree after the EPA evaluated and determined Dupree’s outdated sewage system did not meet current regulations.

The city would be faced with potentially high fines, possibly as much as $30,000.00, if they are unable to show how they will repay the loan, which covers expenses not covered by the grant to revamp the city’s system.

Larry In the Woods, a resident of Dupree, expressed concern about the increase at the meeting prior to its approval.

Several council members acknowledged the increase was not something they wanted to pay themselves, but the consensus was that the council would be better off passing the resolution than facing additional EPA fines for non-compliance should the city be unable to prove a means of repaying the loan to complete the sewage work.

In an effort to alleviate surcharges on billing, O’Connell suggested reviewing in the next few months how the $1.35 surcharge on the water bill could be eliminated.

O’Connell reasoned and council members agreed that even though there seems no way around the additional surcharge to the sewage bill, the council should make a concerted effort to save Dupree residents that $1.35 a month on the water bill.

Chancey Shrank of Brosz Engineering presented the completed survey results of the proposed storm-water drainage project.

The report assesses the current Dupree drainage system and proposes alternative ways and costs to repair or replace the current system, with Alternative 1 being to make no changes in the system.

The report indicates in three alternatives the work that would be done, the estimated expenses and subsequent annual maintenance expenses.

For example, Alternative 2 proposes fixing existing culverts, which would cost the city $313,180.00 for mobilization, localized grading, culvert repairs, cleaning out pipe culvert, seeding, mulch, fertilizer, contingency and administrative and legal fees, and design and construction management services.

Annual maintenance costs of Alternative 2 in the report came to $254,223.81.

Alternative 3, which would be a replacement alternative, has a much higher price tag than the other alternatives.

Given the current water and sewage projects, the city determined to wait on addressing the proposals in the survey given the expenses that each alternative would cost the city.

In other news, the city decided to maintenance Main Street in Dupree until                               they can apply for a new road for Main Street.

Mayor Lenk said that the road is fairly thick, and the expense of chip and sealing may not be worth it if in a few years, the city can apply for assistance to have Main Street re-ground and re-laid when the state does the same to Highway 65.

Council member Dustin Jewett mentioned key spots in front of LTM that the city should take care of in efforts to maintain Main Street until a new road can be laid.

Also in Main Street news, the council determined to hang signs that indicate trucks cannot park on Main Street overnight, and that will include harvesters during harvest.

The city received a letter from the U.S. Postal service which approved 323 Main Street, the new “Farlee building,” as the new location for the postal office.

Important election dates for the city are as follows: Tuesday April 14, 2015, election day in conjunction with the Dupree school board elections; nominating petitions may be taken out Friday, January 30, 2015, and must be filed before 5:00 p.m. February 27, 2015; deadline to withdraw a petition is before 5:00 p.m. February 27, 2015 and can be withdrawn orally, in writing, or in person.

Council member Unalee Howe suggested that the council make efforts to use local resources to make the park more attractive both physically and practically for residents and those who pass through town.

Howe mentioned many possibilities, such as playground equipment, such as swings, a place for kids to hang out, a walking/running path from the park to the Cynex, and a fountain/wading pool, to name just a few.

Howe agreed to spearhead such a project, and mentioned that at one point the theme, “A nice place to hang your hat,” was suggested for Dupree because of the number of well-known bronc riders and the amount of rodeo participation and success the town has fostered over the years.

“We are not a one-horse town,” Howe said. “The care here is that we’re still very much alive with our western theme.”






Four Bands Community Fund receives $200,000 to promote cultural tourism


Over the next two years, Four Bands Community Fund, a community loan fund and nonprofit organization that primarily serves the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, will implement a project to assist 100 Native Americans in building an art business by providing access to loan capital, equity injections, and professional development training.  Participating artists and others will become the centerpiece of a cultural tourism marketing campaign designed to promote Cheyenne River as a destination.

“Four Bands believes that by continuing to support Native artists in developing successful arts businesses we are not only positively impacting our reservation economy, we are also maintaining and strengthening our Native American culture,” says Lakota Mowrer, Assistant Director of Four Bands.

The overarching strategy of the project, titled “Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River,” is to strengthen the local arts sector in order to effectively market Native art and culture as a tourist attraction and utilize it to drive economic growth on the reservation. “We believe that Cheyenne River offers unparalleled beauty and a rich cultural experience for visitors. A key component of this project is helping our people to embrace that culture and to begin to think of it as an asset,” says Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of Four Bands.

Fiddler has played an integral role in Four Bands’ successful past cultural tourism strategies such as “Native Discovery,” a project launched by Four Bands in 2004 through an unprecedented partnership with the South Dakota Department of Tourism. In its prime, that project reached up to 4,000 people per month by utilizing a website and various forms of new media to raise awareness of Native art and culture and promote Cheyenne River as a tourist destination. Four Bands’ “Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River” project will build on those past efforts by incorporating additional marketing methods to support its arts, tourism, and culture strategy. Those methods will include a communal art space, two community events showcasing local artists, and a reservation visitor’s guide.

At more of a grassroots level, Four Bands will provide its core programs and services to individual artists.  A recent reservation-wide survey conducted by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures, an entity responsible for administering a 10-year poverty reduction project, revealed that 78% of the survey respondents who participate in a microenterprise were in the arts sector. As part of the project, Four Bands will disperse a total of $70,000 in lending capital, leveraged with equity injections, and paired with intensive one-on-one technical assistance to Native artists. In addition, some of the participants will be able to reach larger regional and national markets with support in e-commerce strategies.

Mowrer says the biggest challenge for most artists on the reservation is that while they are deeply passionate about their art, oftentimes the business side of their art practice is not a priority. She says this “reactive business pattern” causes many artists to sell their pieces well below market value. She adds, “We are hoping we can help our Native artists to think more critically about their art as a business, and to provide them with the right resources to showcase their talent to a wider market.”

To further support artists and other tourism-related businesses, Four Bands is partnering with the Cheyenne River Chamber of Commerce to mobilize a community arts and tourism networking group, which will facilitate discussions around the challenges and successes with art and tourism businesses, and to strategize on how to promote these sectors within the community and beyond.

Fiddler says the success of the “Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River” project lies in the utilization of Four Bands’ holistic approach to economic development, which doesn’t just focus on one element, but on many things that all complement each other. She explains, “The artists build stronger businesses, which is then a bigger attraction for visitors. Our larger marketing efforts benefit local art and tourism businesses. Participants in the networking group all help each other grow. In the end, we have a population on the reservation that is proud of their culture, and a population off the reservation that respects and appreciates Lakota culture.”

The “Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River” project is funded through multiple sources, including a $200,000 grant award from a joint initiative by the Kresge Foundation and Surdna Foundation dubbed the Catalyzing Culture and Communities through CDFIs (Community Development Financial Institutions), a $30,000 grant award from First Nations Development Institute’s Native Artist Capacity Building Initiative, and a $15,000 grant award from First People’s Fund’s Native Arts Economy-Building Program. Each of these initiatives funded several organizations across the country that focus on integrating arts and culture into community and economic development strategies.


Kenneth Bruguier


Services for Kenneth Bruguier, 48, Eagle Butte,  were held Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 1:00 p.m. MT at C-EB High School Auditorium.

Burial followed at the Green Grass Congregational Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home, Mobridge. An all night wake was held on Monday, February 2, 2015 with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.,  HV Johnston Cultural Center of Eagle Butte. Procession meets at 4 mile junction at 4:00 p.m. Kenneth passed Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Sharon Kay (Wulf) Maupin


Sharon Kay (Wulf) Maupin, 71, of Fort Pierre, SD, passed away January 31, 2015 at home in Fort Pierre, SD surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.  She was born March 13, 1943 in Redfield, Iowa to Donald Clair and Grace Lucille (Carpenter) Wulf. She was one of six children born to this union.

Sharon spent most of her youth growing up on ranches near Eagle Butte, SD.  She attended country school and enjoyed telling stories about riding her horse to school with her brother Don and sisters Sheryle and Janice.

On July 2, 1960 Sharon married the love of her life Thomas Edson Maupin in Pierre, SD. Tommy and Sharon lived in many different places during their 43 years of marriage including Idaho, Oregon, California, Iowa, Tennessee, Texas and Nevada but the majority of their married life was spent living in South Dakota.

They had two children Michelle Lynn and Brad William of whom they were extremely proud. Tommy and Sharon never missed an event that their children were involved in.

Sharon worked for the Stanley County Schools while her children were in school so that she could be home with them in the summers. After they graduated she started working in retail managing Roy’s Market in Elko, NV and as a department manager for the Walmart Store in Pierre, SD. She was very proud of the 23 years she was associated with Walmart. She was part of the original setup crew and was then the department manager for softlines for most of her career.

Sharon enjoyed her years of ranch life and loved to spend time telling stories of different happenings and adventures over the years. When traveling she would have different stories to tell from her lifetime depending on the area you were in. She would always talk about the people she knew and the adventures they had.

Sharon was a kind hearted person that no matter what kind of a day she may be having she would always put her feelings aside and have a smile and ask them how they were doing. She always worked to build great relationships with her friends and was always there for any family member that needed help. Family and friends meant everything to her.

As a Grandma, Sharon, had a special relationship with her grandchildren. She was always there to help and love them when they needed her and was always very proud of them.

In her fight with cancer she was just as concerned about everyone around her as she was for herself. She fought hard to beat the cancer for almost three years just to be able to spend more time with the people she loved.

Sharon is survived by her children, Michelle Barrett (Tim Jones), Fort Pierre, SD, Brad (WyLisa) Maupin, Pierre, SD, grandchildren Kimberly Barrett, Pierre, SD, Dustin Maupin, Ryder, ND and Thomas Maupin, Henry, SD and great granddaughter Jaidyn Maupin, CO. Siblings Donald (Donna) Wulf, Gillette, WY, Janice (Leonard) Deal, Fort Pierre, SD, Sheryle (Jerome) Schwahn, Fort Pierre, SD, John (Darlene) Wulf, Owanka, SD and Gerald (Donna) Wulf, Plankinton, SD, Nieces and Nephews, Brandy Maupin, Darin and Dan Wulf, Shawn, Kristy and Brian Deal, Stacey Bratrsovsky, John Jr., Justin, Amanda, Ward, Wade and Tyler Wulf, Kimberly Beens and Karla Morgan.  Sharon is also survived her extended family and wonderful beloved friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son-in-law Gary Reed Barrett.

Memorials in Lieu of flowers can be directed to the Countryside Hospice of Pierre. Visitation will be February 6 at the Isburg Funeral Chapel 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A prayer service to follow at 6:00 p.m. Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 7 at the United Methodist Church in Pierre. Inurnment is at the Scotty Phillip Cemetery. Arrangements have been placed in care of Isburg Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.isburgfuneralchapels.com

Williamette Jo Miner


Williamette Jo Miner, age 47 of Timber Lake, SD, entered the Spirit World on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at a result of an auto accident near Timber Lake,SD.

She is survived by her husband, David Miner of Timber Lake. Three sons: Isaac Buckley of Timber Lake, Kip Blue Coat and Casey Buckley of Eagle Butte, SD. Two daughters: Lucinda Buckley and Misty Blue Coat of Mobridge, SD. One brother: John Buckley of Ft. Yates, ND, and three sisters: Evelyn Good House of Ft. Yates, Donita Melttte of Rapid City, SD and Stephanie Four Bear of Timber Lake. 8 Grandchildren.

A one night wake begins at 4 PM, (MST) Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in White Horse, SD. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 PM (MST). Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM (MST) Saturday, February 7, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, with Mother Margaret Watson and Rev. Norman Blue Coat Officiating. Burial will follow at the Emmanuel Episcopal Cemetery at White Horse.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Annis & Rooks Funeral Home of Eagle Butte, SD. Online condolences may be offered at rooksfh.com and our Rooks & Red Dog facebook page.


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