Funeral services for Betty Lou DeMarrias, 60, of Mobridge, was held on Sunday, May 11th at 4:00 PM at Stout Family Funeral Home, in Mobridge.
Burial was private. A meal followed the funeral service at the Edge Event Center in Mobridge.
Betty passed away May 7, 2014 at Averra Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls SD.
Jan Wall and Mitzi Hunt, along with 11 other supporters addressed the Dupree School Board on Monday night regarding the board’s recent decision to end Religious Release Hour on Wednesday afternoon.
Jan Wall expressed her disappointment in the school board’s decision eliminating the release hour at the last board meeting. The board had decided to eliminate the release hour citing student safety and that some students were also falling behind in classwork.
Students that represent the ideals desired by the National Honor Society, high standards in the areas of scholarship (academics), leadership (school involvement and responsibility), service (community involvement), and character (being of high moral conduct and being a positive role model to others), were invited to join the Dupree High School branch of the National Honor Society and after the application process one new member was welcomed at a candle lit ceremony induction put on by the present members and their advisors; Connie Alspach, Gay Mraz, and Patty Peacock. The new member is Lindsey Roark.
Mini-Grants of up to $1,000 will be available to groups such as cultural groups, youth groups, communities and reservation organizations and programs on the Cheyenne RIver Reservation
“We are so excited to provide this opportunity to the people of Cheyenne River,” said Eileen Briggs, Tribal Ventures’ Executive Director. “Tribal Ventures has provided dozens of matching grants to reservation businesses and organizations, but these Mini-Grants are targeted to smaller groups, organizations and communities.”
This tax season Jesse Carlson, a 2013 graduate from Dupree High School, staffed the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site hosted by Four Bands Community Fund in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. She and another Four Bands staff member prepared 431 tax returns, resulting in $1.1 million being refunded to residents of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
“Thanks to Jessie, our VITA site was able to help 20% more people than last year. She is a dedicated young person that can serve as an example to others,” says Kristen Stambach, Loan and Outcomes Coordinator at Four Bands, and also a person Carlson says has been a mentor. Stambach has been working with Carlson since 2011 when she enrolled in Four Bands’ Youth Entrepreneur Internship program.
The Cheyenne River Youth Project is proud to announce that they will soon open its new outdoor art park on its campus. To launch the new space, CRYP will be offering the Art of Creative Lettering classes with renowned graffiti artist Peyton Russell. The classes are open to 10 students ages 10-15 and will be offered from May 12th to the 16th from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The week will conclude with an art show on Saturday, May 17th, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the new park. The graffiti wall and outdoor art space which will be open to teens to create works of their own. Art supplies for the classes will be provided by CRYP