Farmers Union announces Dewey/Ziebach Counties Day Camp date


From electricity and internet access, to banking and farm inputs, rural residents throughout South Dakota depend upon cooperative businesses for access to many essential products and services. To celebrate cooperatives’ role in their communities, Farmers Union organizations across the state will host day camps for rural youth.

This year’s theme: “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Cooperation,” celebrates the superheroes that are our local cooperatives.

For more of this story, look at our July 17th issue!

Sunset on the prairie The evening sky west of Eagle Butte paints a bright canvas of orange and purple as the sun sets

Ross DuBray/West River Eagle

Ross DuBray/West River Eagle

C.R.S.T. Telephone Authority continues upgrading plant facilities and network


CRST Telephone Authority (CRSTTA) is once again investing in broadband network upgrades to provide more enhanced services to its subscribers.  Over the past several years, CRSTTA has been constructing fiber to all locations in their service territory.  This project will be complete in 2015.

As CRSTTA has been connecting subscribers to this new fiber network, subscribers have had increased access to high-speed broadband and Internet-based applications.  With access to the new network, the amount of subscriber generated data that is required to be transported from the CRSTTA network to the outside world has been growing.



Dupree Pioneer Days Celebration kicks off this weekend


The Dupree Pioneer Days celebration will kick off on Friday, July 11, 2014 with a Youth Play Day at the rodeo grounds beginning at 10 a.m.  The age categories are 5 & under, 6-9 and 10-14 with several events including barrel racing, pole bending, goat ribbon jerking, flag race, boot races and more.  There is a $2 entry fee for contestants with cash prizes.  There will be no admission charge at the gate and concessions will be available.

The DHS Alumni reunion will begin that evening with registration from 4-5- p.m., supper at 5 p.m. and a program following that will include honoring graduating classes ending in 4.  The Alumni Reunion is a great time to re-connect with classmates and recall those “good old days” with stories and laughter.  A one act play, “Aw, Shucks!” featuring some of the best acting talent in the area will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer Hall.  The story portrayed will have you chuckling with delight and the commercials will be top notch.   The Dupree Wacipi will begin at 7 p.m. at the Pow-Wow grounds north of the Elevator with colorful dancers from near and far.

For more check out of July 10th issue!

Ziebach County Commissioners pass Resolution for Disaster Relief


as the premier topic for discussion when the Ziebach County Commissioners gathered for their regular meeting July 1, 2014.

Most of the road damage is located in the northern part of the county, with roads washed out and culverts rusted or damaged. In some places, the roads have been closed because they are impassable.

Across Ziebach County there were between 140 to 170 reports of road or culvert damage or blow-outs for which the county is responsible.

To compound the issue, the county is now down to one employee to repair the road conditions.

For more of this story, look at our July 10th issue!

29th Annual Iron Lightning Memorial Wacipi Celebration


Come out and see the 29th Annual Iron Lightning Memorial Wacipi over the 4th of July Weekend. Located at the Iron Lightning Wacipi grounds, activities are as follows:

July 3rd- there will be a “Wasicu” Dance starting at 9 p.m.;

July 3rd& 4th- there will be a Co-ed slow pitch softball tournament with a $75.00 entry fee;



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.