Rhonda Bruguier

Rhonda Bruguier, 43, of Eagle Butte, S.D., entered the Spirit World on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Eagle Butte.

She is survived by her Three sons: Kyle Frazier of Eagle Butte, Roland Miner, III of Pierre, S.D., and Wade Johnson of Sioux Falls, S.D. Her mother: Beverly Jewett of White Horse, S.D. Four daughters: Germaine Rose Owings, Miranda Different Horse of Sioux Falls, SD, Bryanna Bruguier of Coleman, S.D. and Shyanne Killsnight of Lame Deer, M.T.. Eight half brothers: Arlen Bruguier of Winona, M.N., Kenneth Bruguier, Merlin Bruguier, Alvin Bruguier, Stanley Morrison and Terrance Circle Bear of Eagle Butte, S.D. Narcisse Bruguier of Dupree, S.D., Richard Bruguier of Pine Ridge, S.D.. Two half sisters: Rhea Bruguier and Ramona Bruguier of Eagle Butte, S.D.. 9 grandchildren.

A visitation was held from 5 – 9 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014, at Rooks and Red Dog Funeral Home in Eagle Butte. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 24, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery, On The Tree Road, S.D.


Karen Ducheneaux Walker

Funeral services for Karen Ducheneaux Walker, 70, formerly of Mobridge and Cheyenne River Tribal member, were Saturday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Wakpala Community Center. Burial followed at Ascension Episcopal Cemetery, Blackfoot. Visitation began at 4:00 p.m. Friday at Stout Family Funeral Home in Mobridge, leaving in procession at 5:00 p.m. to the Wakpala Community Center for wake services beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Karen entered the spirit world May 19, 2014, in Rosholt, SD.

Ruth Ziolkowski

Custer, SD – Crazy Horse Memorial Services were held May 26th and 27th celebrating the life of Ruth Ziolkowski, CEO of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation since 1982.   Ziolkowski died of cancer this week.  She was 87. A celebration of life was held Tuesday, May 27 at the Memorial beginning at 10:00 am.  Services were open to friends and the public and admission fees were be waived 7:00 am to 5:00 pm for the event. Ruth Ross came to the Black Hills in 1948 with a group of supporters to help sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski carve a mountain tribute to Native Americans.  The pair married in 1950 and raised 10 children at the Memorial, never wavering from the work on the Mountain or the development of humanitarian efforts for the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.  Korczak died in 1982 and Ruth had been CEO ever since.

Jake T. Longbrake

Funeral services for Jake T. Longbrake, 24, of Eagle Butte, were Tuesday, May 27, at 9:00 a.m., MDT, at the Eagle Butte High School Auditorium with Mother Margaret Watson and the Episcopal Lay Readers officiating. Burial was at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday. Serving as casketbearers were Cody Allen, Kadyn Drew, Luke Farlee, Tate Fischer, Ty Traversie, Lonny Lesmeister, Spencer Peterson, Kyle Pickner, Austin Schneiders, Jared Schrempp, Roy Veit and Todd Weintjes. An all-night wake began with services at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the school gymnasium. Jake passed away May 19, 2014, in Eagle Butte.www.stoutfamilyfh.com Jake Tobee Longbrake was born on February 23, 1990, in Eagle Butte, S.D., to Delbert and Mona (Marcelle) Longbrake. He was raised on the Nordvold Ranch on Abear Creek, South of Eagle Butte, with his sister, Ann’D and brothers, Weston, Kel and KC. 

Jake’s childhood was all about adventure. His school days were spent at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Schools where his outgoing personality made him a favorite among his teachers and classmates. Jake’s outgoing personality lead him into numerous activities including AAU wrestling, basketball, boxing, cross country, football, student council, track and the Upward Bound Program. He was a social butterfly remembered for his many antics including petitions to change school policies and wearing his suit and tie every day of Junior High.

During this time, Jake spent his summers on the go. He would head out to stay with Grandma Kelva, Bob and Arliss Keckler who he adopted as his grandparents, Uncle Tom and Aunt Charlene Traversie, and Kevin and Marla Keckler where he became their favorite employee at Northern Plains Sports. All of his friends’ families came to expect that Jake may just show up out of nowhere for the night, or the week. He became a special part of the families of Kadyn Drew, Luke Farlee, Kelsie Haskell and Spencer Peterson. Jake made ordinary branding, camping, fishing, rodeo and river days entertaining with his blunt humor. 

In May 2007, Jake enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard. He was assigned to Unit CO A 35th EN BN 2nd Platoon “Punishers” and graduated from basic training in August 2008 from Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. Jake returned to finish his senior year graduating with C-EB’s Class of 2008. After graduation, Jake returned to Fort Leonardwood to complete his AIT. After AIT, Jake tried a few different jobs including firefighting and BIA Land Ops Range Aide before deciding to follow in Delbert and Weston’s footsteps and became a power lineman for Boldt Power Company. 
In May 2011, the 200th Engineering Company was called to active duty to Afghanistan. Jake took his deployment in stride, considering his company his family, and took his fun loving personality overseas where many of them credit him with keeping them laughing and sane during their year deployment. 

Jake enrolled in the Power Lineman program at Mitchell Tech and graduated in May 2013. He then took a job with Timberline Company working in North and South Dakota. He had recently begun work for Keller’s Construction. 

The adventurous ways that Jake developed in his childhood continued right into his adult life where his experiences became really “wiiild” as “Uncle” wasn’t scared of a good time or any thrill. He lived fast often referring to his pace as “a lifestyle not made for the weak,” never in one spot too long, charming the masses no matter where he landed. Jake never entered a bar he didn’t like, met a man he wouldn’t turn into his “nephew”, or a woman he wouldn’t consider taking home. 

Jake is survived by his parents Delbert and Mona Longbrake of Eagle Butte; his sister, Ann’D (Jon) of McLaughlin; brothers Weston (Jamie) of Coolidge, Arizona, Kel (Stephanie) of Pierre and KC of Eagle Butte. His nephews Lane Longbrake of Belle Fourche; Jayden and Jackson Taken Alive of McLaughlin; Kelby Longbrake of Pierre and niece Kessa May Longbrake of Pierre. His grandparents Pete Longbrake of Dupree; Faye Longbrake of Eagle Butte and Russell & Mary Garrett of Tucson, Arizona; his uncles Jake (Cindy) Longbrake of Dupree, Bud Longbrake of Dupree, Marty Pavatea of Browning, Montana. His aunts Charlie (Harlen) Bradshaw of Douglas, Wyoming and Monti Pavatea of Browning, Montana. His great uncles Robert and Alan Eagleman of Eagle Butte, Moses Traversie of Mission, Stewart Eagleman of Cumberland, WI, and Turk Cobell of Valier, Montana. His great aunts Carol, Wanda, and Eva Cobell of Browning, Montana and Linda Alexander of Dallas, Texas. As well his extended families including the Longbrakes, Nordvolds, Cobells, LeBeaus and Traversies. 

Jake was preceded in death by his grandfathers Earl Marcelle, great-grandpas Neil Traversie and Joseph Eagleman, Sr., Alvin Cobell and great-grandmas Liberty Cobell and Helmina Traversie. 
I ain’t here for a long time, I’m here for a good time – Uncle’s out!!!

Good Morning, its a beautiful morning, hope you all enjoy your day!

Cheyenne Eagle Butte Class of 2014

The Cheyenne Eagle Butte Class of 2014 pose for a picture prior to their graduation walk on Sunday. 70 graduates received their diplomas at the commencement ceremony.


Dupree High School Class of 2014

Patty Peacock/West River Eagle

Patty Peacock/West River Eagle

Dupree High School held their 2014 graduation commencement on Saturday, May 17th. The small class of eight, were escorted into the ceremony by juniors Hannah Rose Higdon and GP Pederson. Class Valedictorian Peyton Smith and class Salutatorian Cassy Woodward spoke to their classmates and those in attendance. More of this story look at our May 22 issue!

Lady Braves dominate Sioux Relays, boys third


The C-EB Lady Braves picked up six first place finishes last Tuesday to win the team title at the  Sioux Relays in front of a hometown crowd.

Sydney Schad was a double winner in both the shot put and discus.  Ranger Gunville finished first in the 1600-meter run along with fourth in the 800-meter run.  Demi Lends His Horse was the winner of the 3200-meter. The girl’s 3200-meter relay team along with the 400-meter relay team finished first.

For more look at our May 22nd issue!

Cowboys and cowgirls perform at Eagle Butte Practice Rodeo

Ross DuBray/West River Eagle

Ross DuBray/West River Eagle

After weather postponed the original date, the Eagle Butte Practice Rodeo was held last Thursday at the rodeo grounds.

Although the number of participants was down at the high school rodeo, due to the postponed date falling on a school day, a good number of cowboys and cowgirls made their way to Eagle Butte to compete.

For more check out our May 22nd issue!

Theresa Lou LaBlanc

Theresa Lou LaBlanc, 69,  of Eagle Butte, S.D. entered the Spirit World on May 16, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D.

She is survived by her two sons: Edward Hoffman of Eagle Butte and Lester Hoffman of Los Angeles, C.A. One daughter Kim Hoffman of Huron, S.D. One brother Ernest LaBlanc of Eagle Butte, S.D. Three sisters; Emmaline Rock of Pryor, M.T. Lillian Mae Brown and Charlotte LaBlanc of Eagle Butte, SD.

A one night wake will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday May 22, at The Old Agency Building in Eagle Butte, S.D. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 23, 2014, at The Old Agency Building with the Rev. Leroy Bobtail Bear and Rev. Norman Blue Coat officiating. Burial will follow at the UCC Cemetery in Green Grass, S.D.

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