When Candy met the Mad Lads

RAPID CITY— Think back to when you were fourteen years old. We all have common experiences. Like being asked up on stage to replace the singer who has a sore throat, and singing a couple of Beatles songs so well the band asks you to join the band. Okay, so that is not a common experience, but that is what […]

Police captain discusses children lost to the system

PIERRE – Like many indigenous nations in the United States, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has been losing children to the state for generations. Captain Joseph Brings Plenty of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement has been with the department for several years and has witnessed the removal of children for homes throughout his career. This is part of […]

EPA Ignores tribal consultation

EPA invites public comment on Black Hills uranium but no tribal consultation

HOT SPRINGS – After tribal members and other residents roundly rejected the U.S. EPA’s proposed draft permits to provide Black Hills water to a foreign uranium mine project promoter, the agency has revised the wording for a new comment period, it announced Aug. 26. Members of the public will have a chance to testify on the revised drafts at a […]

Shaina Castillo

DENVER – Shaina Castillo, 22, made her journey to the Spirit World on Monday, August 12, 2019. Shaina Rose McGhee- Castillo was born April 22, 1997 in Mitchell to Pam McGhee and Del Lefthand. The family moved to Aberdeen in 2000 where she lived until May of 2019 when she moved to Denver. Shaina married Henry Mejia Castillo on December […]

What would Black Elk say?

There are some things that trip my wire faster than anything and if I come across as slightly perturbed it is because I am. Over the past few weeks the talk from the Catholic Church has been about the canonization of Black Elk. I suppose that is fine and dandy. The Church can make saints out of whomever they choose, […]

Edward Arthur Bear Runner

AURORA, COLO. – Edward Arthur Bear Runner, 53, made his journey to the Spirit World on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at his home in Aurora, Colo. Edward Arthur Bear Runner was born on September 27, 1965 in Rosebud to Harold Bear Runner and Lucille Scott. Edward is survived by his siblings, Cindy Minkler, Daniel Bear Runner, Sr., Sonia Bear Runner, […]

An apple is what grows on a tree

One lady, a very nice lady, said she heard a Native American describe one of her progressive Indian friends as an “Apple.” She found the word to be overbearingly insulting and comparable to the word used by some African Americans to describe someone they may disagree with as an “Oreo.” To put it succinctly, “Apple” means red on the outside […]

Duane George Johnson

CHEYENNE, WYO. – Duane George Johnson “Siyo Tanka Ho Waste”, 56, made his journey to the Spirit World on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Cheyenne Health Care Center in Cheyenne, Wyo. Duane George Johnson was born on January 18, 1963 in Pine Ridge to James Johnson and Myrtle (Red Breath Bear) Johnson. Duane is survived by his children, Duane […]

Claudia “Inalou” Kirk

SISSETON – Claudia “Inalou” Kirk, “Mini Waste Win” (Good Water Woman), 79, made her journey to the Spirit World on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Claudia “Inalou” Kirk was born on July 14, 1940 in Sisseton to Vida Ferguson and Llewellyn H. Kirk. She was raised by her parental grandparents Minnie and Simon Jay Kirk. Claudia attended Wahpeton Indian School, Flandreau, […]

Both Rapid schools drop home openers

RAPID CITY— Whether they win or lose, every coach wants his team to be competitive. Friday night at O’Harra Stadium, the Rapid City Cobblers were just that, battling visiting Harrisburg down to the wire in a 26-20 loss. “We got a great group of kids,” Coach Erik Iverson said. “I told them, we may have not come out on top, […]