Cheryl C. Ziegler-Fairbanks

LOWER BRULE – Cheryl C. Ziegler-Fairbanks, 26, made her journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Gratefully sharing her life are her mother, Ina Pam Ziegler; father Troy Fairbanks; brothers Daniel Ziegler, Troy Fairbanks Jr., Majestic Fairbanks, and Stephan Fairbanks; grandmother Sue Ziegler; and many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her great grandmother […]

S.D. National Guard celebrates 155 years of service

RAPID CITY –– The South Dakota National Guard marks 155 years of service to the state and nation as they celebrate the Jan. 27, 1862, birth date of the organization’s formation. With a proud 155-year heritage of serving as the state’s militia, the SDNG finds its origins dating back to 1862 as part of the Dakota Territory. Since that time, […]

IRS to tribal communities: Check out Earned Income Tax Credit

WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service urges Native American taxpayers to look into the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and correctly claim it if they qualify. EITC and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) greatly reduce poverty for working families. The EITC is a federal income tax credit for working people who don’t earn a lot ($53,505 or less for 2016) […]

Tribes start dialogue to negotiate functions of states with feds

EAGLE BUTTE –– Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier will propose a resolution to the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) authorizing Tribes to negotiate functions of state governments with the United States. The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is made up of the 16 Tribal Chairmen, Presidents and Chairpersons in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota […]

NIGA’s Annual Tradeshow and Convention set for April 10 – 13

WASHINGTON –– The National Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, the industry’s largest gathering of global tribal gaming professionals, today announced the platinum-level event sponsorship from the prestigious Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM). The conference and tradeshow returns to the San Diego Convention Center April 10-13, 2017. “The AGEM sponsorship highlights the industry’s confirmation that this is the key meeting […]

Appeal in Keepseagle case heard in DC Circuit

Ruling expected in March

WASHINGTON –– Last week attorneys Marshall Matz and John Dillard issued a letter updating litigants in the Keepseagle vs. Vilsack a class action lawsuit, originally filed in 1999 by Marilyn and George Keepseagle, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from Fort Yates, North Dakota. The lawsuit alleged discriminatory loan practices by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Loan […]

Vic Runnels

ABERDEEN- Vic Runnels, 81, made his journey to the Spirit World on Jan. 29, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Feb.2, at Spitzer- Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St., with Reverend Sheila Richards officiating. Visitation services will be held Feb. 4, at 1pm at the Batesland School in Batesland. […]

Smokey (Richard Claymore) Lessert

BLACK HAWK – Smokey (Richard Claymore) Lessert passed away in a tragic train accident on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Smokey grew up in Porcupine and graduated from Red Cloud High School in 1999. He then moved to Rapid City to obtain his Associates degree from Western Dakota Tech in 2001. Smokey met the love of his life, Vada, in 2003. […]

Theresa A. Miller

FT. THOMPSON – Theresa Ann Comes Flying–Miller, 53, made her journey to the Spirit World on Friday, January 26, 2017, at home in Fort Thompson. Theresa is survived by her children Rita Nichole Miller, Robert Dean Miller Jr., Anthony Gus Miller “Tony”, Eliza Katherine Dolezal, her fiancé Dennis James Harford, siblings Linda Ross, Nathan Withhorn, Fred Comes Flying, and Linus […]

Douglas has no trouble with Custer

Patriots look ready for second half of season

BOX ELDER—Last Thursday night, the Douglas Patriots played in spurts, gaining and losing big leads repeatedly to the visiting Custer Wildcats, but when all was said and done, they came away with a momentum building 61-42 victory. “Gotta give a lot of credit to Custer,” Patriots Head Coach Travis Miller said. “They were patient and methodical on offense, and it […]