Effort builds on work to address trauma faced by Indian children

WASHINGTON –– U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) this week will introduce comprehensive legislation to address and mitigate the detrimental impact exposure to trauma can have on children and families – particularly those in Native communities – as they grow and develop. According to a 2015 U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) study, 58 percent of all American children had witnessed or […]

Passion for Fashion huge success in Eagle Butte

EAGLE BUTTE –– The Cheyenne River Youth Project ® has announced that 68 young Lakota women attended its annual Passion for Fashion event on Saturday, March 25. CRYP staff anticipate that another 20 to 30 teens will participate in the program this month, as the nonprofit organization is accepting individual appointments to look at dresses, shoes and accessories until Wednesday, […]

Rolling Rez Arts delivers

Bryan Parker (White Mountain Apache, Muscogee Creek, Mississippi Choctaw) knew it was his time and the right fit. When he learned of the position opening for the Rolling Rez Arts coordinator for First Peoples Fund, he was ready to get involved in the Native arts community on a deeper level. Rolling Rez Arts delivers state-of-the-art mobile services, including arts space, […]

If I could only be in five places at one time

West River deserves a single sports resource

One of the toughest parts about being a correspondent for a Lakota newspaper is what to do when you come across a Wasicu athlete who is a great kid giving great performances. Sometimes, as in the case of Courtney Peters, the best player on an otherwise all-Oglala Oelrichs Girls basketball squad, you just snap her picture, describe her contributions, and […]

All three classes represented at Douglas track meet

BOX ELDER –– Chilly winds and bright sunshine greeted the competitors at the Douglas Early Bird Track Meet, Saturday in Box Elder. All three classes, AA, A and B sent teams to the meet, some with contingents over a hundred members, some with just a couple. Angular Allan McDonnell of Wall continued to display excellence in the long and high […]

Rapid City DSS hosts art exhibit for children

PIERRE –– The Department of Social Services (DSS) in Rapid City is hosting a special art exhibit at the Dahl Fine Arts Center on Saturday, April 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. Children in foster care will be displaying their art work for the next month in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. April is a time to celebrate […]

Owen Joseph Patton Jr. ‘Wicasa Isnala Najin’

OGLALA – Owen Joseph Patton Jr. “Wicasa Isnala Najin,” 61, made his journey to the Spirit World on Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Sioux Falls. Owen Joseph Patton Jr. was born on September 2, 1955 in Crawford, Neb. to Sara (Hawk) Forney and Owen Patton Sr. Owen, or OJ as he was known to his family & friends, was the […]

Police release names of five children killed in fire in Spearfish

RAPID CITY –– Authorities have released the names of the five children, ages 6- 11, who were killed in a house fire in Spearfish on Saturday. The dead children, who were all found together in the same upstairs bedroom of the home on Ames Street, have been identified based on communication with the victims’ families. Their names are: Phibie Joyce […]

Calendar of Events

Fridays at noonJourney Museum Turtle Soup RAPID CITY –– Enjoy good stories, good food and good company on select Friday’s from noon to 1 p.m. Every Turtle Soup features a presentation on historic Black Hills figures and events and includes a featured soup from Angel’s Catering. Turtle Soup is included in regular museum admission or 1/2 off for Museum members. […]

VA to host town hall and claims clinic

RAPID CITY –– VA Black Hills Health Care System and the Dakotas VA Regional Office will host a Veterans Town Hall at 6 p.m. on April 6 at the Western Dakota Tech, Dakota Lecture Hall, room D148 in Rapid City. Veterans, family members, survivors, and the public are invited to provide feedback on VA operations and recommendations for VA programs […]