Cheyenne River Youth Project readies for Christmas Toy Drive

EAGLE BUTTE — The onset of December means two things for the Cheyenne River Youth Project. For one, the annual Christmas Toy Drive is moving into the home stretch, with donors and volunteers working long hours to ensure Santa Claus will visit more than 1,500 children across the Cheyenne River reservation. It also means it’s time to plan some holiday […]

Brett Howard Waters

PINE RIDGE – Brett Howard Waters, 29, made his journey to the Spirit World on Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Pine Ridge I.H.S. Hospital in Pine Ridge. Brett Howard Waters was born on February 21, 1989 in Pine Ridge to Harold Waters and Clarinda “Dot” Eagle Bull. Brett is survived by his children, Lillian Kimberly Waters, Lilah Jaye Waters, […]

Justice Department releases annual report to Congress on Indian country

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice released today its annual report to Congress, Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions, which provides a range of enforcement statistics required under the Tribal Law and Order Act, as well as information about the progress of the Department’s initiatives to reduce violent crime and strengthen tribal justice systems. The report reveals that in 2017, U.S. […]

A staff writer with a purpose

Ernestine Aurelia Brown-Chasing Hawk, Winnebago/Minnecoujou/ Hunkpapa, is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She was born on November 23, 1957 at the Pine Ridge Hospital in Pine Ridge, S.D. during the time her grandmother, Aurelia Dupree-Reddest taught English at Pine Ridge High School. As a young child she lived with her parents Andrea Rave and Sylvan Charles […]

What ever happened to the world class Indian athlete?

Legendary players dominated both college and professional sports

RAPID CITY— Historians believe the sport of lacrosse was invented a thousand years ago by some North American tribe. If so, organized sport has a deep tradition among Indian people. At some point, tribes stopped playing lacrosse and the Europeans took it over. But the Indian athlete did not go away. By the close of the 19th Century Indian athletes […]

Could be a banner year for Boys’ basketball

Lakota teams loaded with talent

Two years ago I noticed two things about underclassmen; the Boys class of 2019 was going to be exceptionally strong in basketball, and the Middle School ball players just behind them were going to be a great complement. What that all meant was, this was going to be a banner year for area basketball. This is not true of every […]

Broncos bring Steeler win streak to a halt

NFL: The End Zone

Another week of close competition as the playoff race tightens. Especially in a league that has five teams are in the hunt with (5-6) or (6-5) records. “Commander Timmy,” I noticed you are wearing your service lapel. Aye, as Texans Owner Rovert McNair passed away on Thanksgiving. Two players along with coaches were ejected for fighting in the Jaguars versus […]

Winter art comes to the Black Hills

The Black Hills American Indian Art Market opened with a blessing ceremony by Jerry Yellow Hawk. He began by speaking of the words from an old Neil Diamond song, “I Am, I Said.” He said, “These are great philosophical, meaningful words. A person must find that place who you are and never be ashamed.” He then sang a blessing song […]

Senators laud Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Tom Udall (DNM), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed Senate passage of S. Res 702, a resolution marking November as Native American Heritage Month. S. Res 702 recognizes November as National Native American Heritage Month and celebrates the heritages and cultures […]