Dupree city council accepts $30,000 gift from First Financial Bank


by Jody Rust

Dupree city council members accept a check from First National Bank President Nyal Moninger to Mayor Ray Lenk and the Dupree CityCouncil members. Pictured left to right: Una Lee Howe, Arlene Martin, Sandra Lemke, Dustin Jewett, Greg O’Connell, Sam Owen, Ray Lenk, Maurice Lemke, and Nyal Moninger. (Photo by Jody Rust)

Dupree city council members accept a check from First National Bank President Nyal Moninger to Mayor Ray Lenk and the Dupree CityCouncil members. Pictured left to right: Una Lee Howe, Arlene Martin, Sandra Lemke, Dustin Jewett, Greg O’Connell, Sam Owen, Ray Lenk, Maurice Lemke, and Nyal Moninger.
(Photo by Jody Rust)

Holiday tidings came in the form of a financial gift from First Financial Bank, presented by Nyal Moninger, for the City of Dupree at the December 1 city council meeting. The city received a $30,000.00 check from the bank, which the city has decided to use to pay for the sewage lines.

The gift frees money from the sewage obligation and allows the city to use that money in other needed areas. Mayor Ray Lenk suggested using the money for the new building, but suggested the council wait to determine what area or areas would be the most effective use of the money for the city.

Lenk was unsure what prompted the gift from the bank, but said the city is grateful as they are using it to help pay for the water work the city commissioned.

The council met the incoming Deputy Sheriff of Ziebach County, Gary Cudmore, as Sheriff Bob Menzel will be retiring effective January 1, 2015.

In other business, the council discussed the condition of the blades they said were expensive to purchase and explained that their durability has not been as expected. Already the city’s blades are in poor condition.

The council discussed and agreed to purchase less expensive blades to see if they will last as long or longer than the more expensive ones purchased earlier.

A sander is also a needed item for the city, as they currently use a back hoe bucket to spread sand on the streets. Lenk will check the price of sanders and report back to the council.

Shovelhead is scheduled to on the waterline in front of the manor this week, Lenk said.

The city motioned to approve $200 toward a holiday related light contest or light parade at or between Christmas and New Year’s day.

Any community organization interested in hosting and managing such an event should contact the city office as soon as possible.

Frazier takes reins as new CRST Chairman

CRST Chairman Harold Frazier takes the oath of office as administered by Cheyenne River Chief Judge Brenda Claymore on Tuesday morning. Frazier begins his third term as chairman, serving previously from 1998-2006. (Photo by Ross DuBray)

CRST Chairman Harold Frazier takes the oath of office as administered by Cheyenne River Chief Judge Brenda Claymore on Tuesday morning. Frazier begins his third term as chairman, serving previously from 1998-2006. (Photo by Ross DuBray)

by Ross DuBray

The small conference room was standing room only as the public gathered to witness the swearing in of newly elected CRST officials. On Tuesday morning at the Cheyenne River Motel Conference Room, outgoing council members were honored and thanked for their years of service, ranging from four years to 12 years.

Outgoing chairman Kevin Keckler in his final act as chairman gave the floor to outgoing council members who spoke and gave thanks to the people for allowing them the opportunity to serve the people. Outgoing representatives Bob Walters, Robin LeBeau, Todd Ward, and Ardys Cook each received a star quilt and a gift for their service.

CRST Chief Judge Brenda Claymore administered the oaths of office for the tribal executives and swore in Chairman Harold Frazier, Secretary EvAnn White Feather, and Treasurer Benita Cook-Clark.  Frazier then took his seat as the CRST Chairman for his third term.  He previously served as chairman between 1998 and 2006.

The new council members each took their oaths individually as family members stood with them and wrapped them with starquilts.

The council members sworn in including District 1 representative Bernita In The Woods, District 3 representative Ed Widow, Sr., District 4 representatives Merrie Miller-White Bull and Kevin Keckler, District 5 representatives Robert Chasing Hawk and Raymond Uses The Knife, and District 6 representative Tuffy Thompson.

Widow who has served for 30 years as a council representative was honored for his many years of service after taking his oath, which he spoke in Lakota.

Following the inauguration, the council elected District 5 representative Ryman LeBeau to serve as Vice-Chairman.

Chairman Frazier selected Kenneth Little Thunder to succeed Lou Mendoza as the new Tribal Administrative Officer. The council recessed until Wednesday to fill committee seats.

Watch in next weeks issue of the West River Eagle for a listing of Council Committee members and chairpersons.

Louis M. Jewett


LouieJewettwebobitMass of Christian Burial for Louis M. Jewett age 88 of White Horse will be 10:00 a.m. MST Saturday, November 29, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church, of Eagle Butte. Burial will in the St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. All night wake Friday, November 28, 2014 will begin at 6PM at the church with a rosary at 7PM. Louis passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 at his home.

Louis Marcel Jewett – Sagyé Nájin Kici “Stands with Staff”, 88, of White Horse, SD passed away at his home on Monday, November 24, 2014. Louie was born at Johnson Bend along the Moreau River on May 5, 1926 to George and Keva (Rousseau) Jewett. He attended Immaculate Conception Indian School in Stephan, SD until at age 17, with his parents permission, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific theatre during World War II.

On July 28, 1948 he married Belle Marie Lafferty; they made their home at the old Jewett homestead along the Moreau, later at Old Agency, Eagle Butte and finally returning to the Moreau River in 1980. He worked for 35 years in Plant Management with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Eagle Butte; fondly remembered for his commitment to helping people and his good humor.

A proud Veteran and member of VFW Post 308 and American Legion Post 191, in which he served many years as the Post Commander. He accumulated many trophies in horseshoe competitions, softball, golf, and bowling leagues – always reminiscing about that near perfect game at Cheyenne Lanes. He was an avid outdoorsman; a patient mentor to the many grandkids who will forever treasure the hunting and fishing expertise he passed on. Hunters from near and far made it a priority to stop in and visit year after year. Never one to turn down a chance to enjoy a rodeo, horse race or local sporting event, he could usually be found among the crowd watching the action.

He greeted everyone with a smile and handshake or warm hug often introducing himself to those he just met as “Luke,” followed by a smile and the last name, “Warmwater.” His charm and kindness made him a favorite person to visit and be around. He relished being Uncle and Grandpa to so many. His contagious smile and generous nature made everyone feel welcomed and special. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends telling stories of long ago. Louie loved sharing his experiences; whether it was World War II, cowboying, hunting or fishing – stories we will forever hold in our hearts.

Especially grateful for having shared in his life are his children Marcel (Melissa) and Greg of Eagle Butte; Ramona DuBray of Whitehorse and Marceline (Mike) Lesmeister of Parade, SD. Sisters Julie (Gib) Marshall of Eagle Butte, SD; Juanita (Jim) Gable of Atlanta, GA; Sisters-in-law Mary Jewett and Candy Jewett both of White Horse. Grandchildren – Wade, Diane, Donita, Lynnette, Jeanne, Eileen, George, Jayme, Tammy, Ross, Frank, Kelly, Jason, Traci, Sonny, Peyton, Brittany, Gage and Salacia; 42 great-grand children, seven great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Belle, daughter LuAnn Briggs, grandchildren Warren Briggs, Julia and Amanda Lesmeister, Cameron and Talia Jewett. Sisters Ramona Jewett, Corrine Mendoza, Iyonne Garreau and brothers Orlin Jewett, Keith Jewett and the twins – Bluey (Arthur) and Pinky (Albert) Jewett.

Carrying him to his final resting place will be grandsons and great grandsons or as he called them all “Hoksila”; Wade Briggs, George Jewett, Jaime Jewett, Marcel “Sonny” Jewett, Kelly Berdnt, Jason Berdnt, Ross DuBray, Peyton Jewett, Gage Jewett, Frank Lesmeister; Scottie Fischer, Lonny and Lyle Lesmeister, Thomas and Robert Tolton, Adam and Dylan Lesmeister.

Kevin Mewhirter-Gabe


Kevin Mewhirter-Gabe, age 58, of Eagle Butte, SD, entered the Spirit World on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Eagle Butte, SD.

He is survived by one son: Brandon Iron Necklace of Wakpala, SD and one daughter: Karina Iron Necklace of Wakpala. One brother: Sandford “Sandy” Gabe of Ft. Thompson, SD.

A one night wake was held at 7:30 PM, Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Eagle Butte, SD. Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, November 20 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. A luncheon followed and the burial took place at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cemetery in Cherry Creek, SD.

Funeral arrangements are have been placed in the care of Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte.

Kristen “Kris” Watt


Watt Kristen Photo webFuneral services for Kristen Watt age 75 of Eagle Butte was held 10:30 AM, Monday, December 1, 2014 at Kesling Funeral Chapel in Mobridge. Burial will be in Oakes View Cemetery in Oakes, North Dakota under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home.

Kristen passed away, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Sanford Medical Health in Bismarck, ND.   Kris was born May 18, 1939 in Oakes, ND to Sigvard (Sig) and Faith Eunice (Morse) Kvigne. She graduated high school in Oakes, and went on to attend Bible College in Ellendale, ND.   Kris married Vernon Watt on December 31st, 1961 in Ellendale, ND, and returned with him to Canada, where the couple lived for a number of years before returning to Oakes, ND. The family then settled in Eagle Butte, SD, where Kris was both manager and cook in the Little Dakota Café, and built a reputation for great cooking. Before retiring, Kris would go on to work as a cook in local restaurants, and run a home daycare. Kris also enjoyed decades of service as an Avon representative.

Kris is survived by her children and their spouses: Keith  and Lynn Watt of Eagle Butte, SD, Rebecca and Tim Hansen of Sioux Falls, SD, Joseph and Soyla Watt of Flagstaff, AZ, Vernon and Jennifer Watt of  Tampa, FL, Stanley Watt of Gillette, WY; 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; Oscar Kvigne (brother) of Oakes, ND; 4 sisters: Karen Swanson of Grand Forks, ND; Nancy Nicholson of Dassel, MN: Beverly Pickle of Oakes, ND; Joyce Anderson of Wakefield, MI, and especially dear friends, Marsha Shelby, and Curtis Simon and Megan Wright of Eagle Butte, SD.   Kris was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Watt; son, Jeffery Watt; Grandson, Jeffery Jr. Watt; parents, Sigvard and Eunice Kvigne; brother, Kenneth Kvigne.

Saying Goodbye to my Hero.






How do I say goodbye to my grandpa, to my hero, to my friend?

This past Saturday we buried my Grandpa Louie. Even as I type this it still seems like a bad dream, it is still so surreal as he was the monarch of our family.

As most grandpas go, my grandpa was your stereotypical grandpa. He was the faithful teacher, the faithful watcher, the faithful listener, the faithful protector, but yet he was so much more.

As most grandpas do, he enjoyed life. He loved the outdoors, whether hunting or fishing, feeding cattle, or enjoying a good bonfire, grandpa loved being outside. He always enjoyed having a sidekick with him, whether it was myself or later on my nephew Scottie.

Grandpa was my first teacher, teaching me about so many of life’s little lessons, for he knew so much about everything. He was my first best friend, and as a youngster we were inseparable. I was always by his side. In the days before car seats, I would stand next to him in his old blue Chevy pickup as we cruised the countryside. If I got tired, I would cuddle next to him on the seat.

After grandma and grandpa moved to the river, we spent countless hours along the banks of the Moreau fishing for catfish. He’d patiently get my little green Zebco 202 ready showing me how to tie a fisherman’s knot, how to cast, or how set a hook. He’d repeat the lessons as many times as necessary, never grumbling or becoming impatient. My grandpa taught me how to be a fisherman.

If we weren’t fishing, we’d be up on the flat shooting prairie dogs, target practicing, or hunting. On one Thanksgiving I fondly remember about 18 years ago, we went deer hunting before the afternoon dinner.  We jumped out a whitetail and we both jumped out and shot at the same time knocking it down. In my youthful jubilance I shouted, “I got it”, and he just smiled and said no son, “I got it”. Once we got to the deer we found out that we were both right as we found two bullet holes barely an inch apart.  My grandpa taught me how to be a crack shot and a hunter.

Grandpa loved us unconditionally. The love and bond a grandson has with his grandpa is like no other. Every major turn in my life he was there, always supporting me, always telling me he was proud.  Sometimes I made the wrong choices and when I’d tell him I never got scolded though he would just give me the look. The look was one of disappointment but behind the let down eyes you’d always see love, you’d always see forgiveness and you would always hear a silent do better next time my boy. My grandpa taught me how to be a man.

When I was in fifth grade I learned how to play the trumpet.  As the legion post commander in Eagle Butte, grandpa would journey around with the legion vets on Memorial Day to pay their respect to all the veterans.  After telling him I knew how to play the trumpet and bugle, he asked me if I’d like to play Taps for them at the cemeteries. For three years I traveled with the Legion and played the bugle. My grandpa taught me about honor and respect.

He always told me to embrace new opportunities and make the most out of everything we did in life.  He often told of his Navy days and seeing the world.  That sense of adventure always stuck with me as I traveled to far away lands in Africa, Europe, and in my Canadian travels. Grandpa would eagerly await my return and want to hear a report and see how the fishing was.  In May of 2000, grandpa, mom, and I jumped on a train and journeyed cross-country to New Jersey to attend my sisters’ college graduation. Our family stood atop the Twin Towers in New York City.  My grandpa taught me to treasure life’s precious moments.

The last couple of years as I’ve worked for the newspaper, he was my biggest fan and would anxiously wait for the next issue.  He would always compliment me on a story or tell me how great a picture was. People would tell me that he would be bragging to them that I was his grandson and that I had took that picture on the front page.  I will forever be grateful that my sons had the opportunity to know him for as long as they did.  They will forever cherish their weekly Tuesday night sleepovers at grandpas, as I would be helping put the newspaper to bed. My grandpa taught me how to be a family man and to be the best I could be in everything I did.

I’m not sure how to live in a world without my grandpa. For 38 years he has been my rock, my anchor, my compass. His legacy will live on in all of us. Today we move on without him, though he will forever live in our hearts.   My moment of loss is a mole hill to what he endured during his 88 years, losing so many loved ones and friends. Through all that loss he stood tall with resolve, as I must do now. I know I’ll be all right because my grandpa taught me how to be strong.

Thank you Grandpa for making me the person I am today and for everything you taught me, I will greatly miss you!

Eagle Butte City Council receives clean 2013 audit report


by Ross DuBray

The Eagle Butte City Council received notice of a clean 2013 audit on Monday night at their regular November meeting.

Donna Denker of Donna Denker and Associates delivered the audit report and findings to the council.

“You’ve made some changes the last couple of years,” said Denker. “It has showed.”

Denker reported only one material weakness from the 2013 findings which was the city’s holding of  $123,620 in stock they had received when the city’s prior health insurance provider demutalized.  The weakness had also been noted in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 audits. The city did proceed to cash in the stock in March of 2014 and received $118,326.68 in June of 2014.

The audit report will next be sent to the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit for approval.

The council approved an audit request from Denker and Associates to begin the 2014 audit.  City Finance Officer Sheila Ganje noted that she will begin providing the documents to the company.

Ryan Farlee of Timber Lake Broadband placed a request to the city to lease space on the green water tower next to the high school to place a receiver.  Farlee said he had received several request for Timber Lake Broadband to expand into the Eagle Butte area.  Farlee stated that the receiver would need to be approximately 75 feet off the ground to be able to receive the signal.

If the city would agree to the lease, Farlee said that they would provide two free internet connections,  plus a standard agreement of $150 per month for the tower lease which totals an annual payment of $1,800.

Farlee further stated that Timber Lake Broadband has been in business since 2009 and is owned by the City of Timber Lake. They currently have a subscriber base of 350. They offer three residential packages; 1mg for $25, 2 mg for $45, and 4 mg for $75.

The council decided to table the request for a future meeting.

Ganje also reported that she received notification that the city was awarded $515,000 from a Community Development Block Grant.

The money is to be utilized to help improve the wastewater and storm sewer systems in the in Eagle Butte. The CDBG program provides local governments with money to complete projects that improve living conditions.  The CDBG program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The council entered executive session at 7:00 p.m. to discuss current litigation, annexation, and services encroachment.

Police Department 

Chief of Police Norman Schuler requested a boot allowance to be included with officer’s uniform allowance.  Schuler requested an allowance up to $150 for every other year.

Liquor Store

Liquor Store Manager RJ Joens requested that the City Package Liquor Store be closed on Thanksgiving Day, which council approved.

The city council also approved the purchase of a used ice machine in the amount of $2,200 from Dominics out of Ipswich.

Maintenance Department

Jon Ganje reported that they would be concluding the lagoon release on Tuesday, November 18 and that the final lagoon samples have been sent to Pierre.

Christmas lights have been ordered in the amount of $5,500.

Other business.

Approved Meeting agenda

Approved November 13, 2014 Special Meeting Minutes

Approved November claims in the amount of $79,811.16.

Schad selected as White House Tribal Youth Ambassador


Sydney Schad, a senior at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High school has been selected as 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference Youth Ambassador.

Schad will join youth from across the nation December 1-3, 2014 making the trip to Washington DC along with a chaperone.

The conference will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel where the youth ambassadors will meet wih senior Obama Administration officials and discuss  some of the most important issues impacting Amerian Indian and Alaska Native tribes across the country.

Schad wrote an essay in October at the local level and was nominated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. A nomination didn’t guarantee the nominee a spot. The White House than selected 30-40 ambassadors from the pool of nominees from across the country to serve as ambassadors.

“It’s an honor to be able to represent the youth at the national level, “ said Schad.


White House Tribal Youth Ambassador Sydney Schad – Photo by Ross DuBray

Schad is the daughter of Jeremy and Ricki Schad. Following graduation she plans to attend South Dakota State University in Brookings and major in Nursing.

Body of Eagle Butte man found frozen


The body of a homeless man was found frozen last Saturday after temperatures dropped to single digits.

Law enforcement officials said the body was found Saturday morning on Sesame Street in Eagle Butte.

According to Dewey County Coroner and CRST Chief of Police the body was sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Law Enforcement Officials have not released the mans identity at this time.

The death raised concerns across the community about the homeless in the community during the cold winter months.

Pastor Pauline Webb of the United Church of Christ who also runs the Mustard Seed, a soup kitchen off of Main Street offered to keep the building open and available to those who need somewhere warm to go.

Anyone interested in donating supplies or money please contact Pastor Pauline Webb at 964-3113, 964 3547 or 200-0234.

Mendoza makes Big Dakota Conference team, Bowker Honorable Mention


C-EB Senior Tatum Mendoza joined 11 other conference players who were selected to the Big Dakota Conference All-Conference Volleyball team.

Fellow teammate Samantha Bowker received an honorable mention nod.

Mendoza joins Kristen Peterka, Jamie Mentzer and Denae Schletchter from Miller; Kelsey Bertram, Sydney Fritz, and Tawny Sherman from Winner; Maranda Wagner from Mobridge-Pollock; Stevie Lone Dog from Todd County; Carly Harrowa from Stanley County; and Tiara Flying Horse of McLaughlin.


C-EB Seniors Samantha Bowker and Tatum Mendoza – Photo by Ross DuBray

Honorable mention selectee’s joining Bowker were Lauren Henderson and Aundrea Kramer from Mobridge-Pollock; Hallie Hallock from Chamberlain; and Talyn Carry Moccasin from McLaughlin.