Record spring flooding across West River reservations

Governor Noem has sent National Guard assistance

RAPID CITY— All across West River, but especially on South Dakota’s Indian reservations, spring flood waters have left thousands of people isolated, many without water, and some without even food. Two Missouri River tributaries, the Cheyenne River, and the White River cut across West River reservations. The Cheyenne River skirts the southern Black Hills before forming the northern border of […]

Welcoming back the Wakinyan Oyate

BLACK ELK PEAK – Hundreds of hikers disappeared into a hazy mist as they began the two and a half mile pilgrimage through slushy ice and snow to make prayer offerings welcoming back the Wakinyan Oyate (Thunder Beings) at the top of Black Elk Peak. Each year this ancient celestial ceremony takes place during the Spring Equinox, and begins with […]

Prayer circle unites daughter with father and traditional ways

RAPID CITY – Several community members came together in Rapid City over the weekend for a prayer circle to honor Larry Low Dog who passed away recently. On Sunday, nearly fifty Native and non-Native citizens met at the corner of 4th and Kansas City Streets near downtown Rapid City, across the street from the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot where […]

‘Landmark’ climate ruling on BLM fracking

Oglala and Standing Rock Tribe’s set precedent

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge here relied on precedents set by the Oglala and Standing Rock Sioux tribes when he handed down a “landmark” ruling March 19 to suspend Wyoming oil and gas fracking until the agency completes a review of climate change impacts. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, to […]

Clifford Wayne Black Elk

PINE RIDGE – Clifford Wayne Black Elk, 49, made his journey to the Spirit World on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Clifford Wayne Black Elk was born on May 8, 1969 in Pine Ridge, to Wilson Black Elk, Sr. and Sharon Lee Monroe. Clifford loved to do mechanic work, hunt, fish, riding motorcycle, gambling, and […]

Jennifer Rae Brewer

SHARP’S Corner – Jennifer Rae Brewer, 35, made her journey to the Spirit World on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Pine Ridge. Jennifer Rae Brewer was born on April 7, 1983 in Pine Ridge, to Mona (Steele) Brewer and Alden Leon Brewer Sr. Jennifer was a very bright and beautiful spirit. Her favorite season was spring, when everything was lush […]

Dale Wayne Ecoffey Sr.

PINE RIDGE – Dale Wayne Ecoffey Sr., 55, made his journey to the Spirit World on Monday, March 18, 2019 in Pine Ridge. Dale Wayne Ecoffey Sr. “Wakiyan Ob Najin” was born on November 9, 1963 in Odell, Ore. to Paul Wayne Ecoffey, Sr. and Theresa Mae (Patton) Ecoffey. Dale is survived by his children, Arthur Ecoffey, Sr., Theresa Ecoffey, […]

Frank Willard Marshall Sr.

PINE RIDGE – Frank Willard Marshall Sr., 77, made his journey to the Spirit World on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Bennett County Hospital in Martin. Frank Willard Marshall Sr. was born on November 2, 1941 in Pine Ridge to Esther (Belt) Marshall and Pete Marshall. Frank is one of seven children, one sister Theda (Dwayne) Babby of Martin […]

Valerie Mae Shots

PATATO CREEK – Valerie Mae Shots, 63, journeyed to the Spirit World on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Valerie Mae Shots was born on June 30, 1955 in Pine Ridge, to Arnold Bearnose and Louise (Richard) Black Cat and was raised by Joe Black Cat and Louise Black Cat. Valerie is survived by […]

Pauline Pearl (One Horn) Monroe

KYLE – , 67, made her journey to the Spirit World on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Pauline Pearl (One Horn) Monroe “Waunsila Win”  was born on July 28, 1951 in Pine Ridge to Samuel One Horn and Lucy Black Bear.  Pauline made her journey to the Spirit World on March 11, 2019 at the […]