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CRST suing Trump, other officials over checkpoints

CRST suing Trump, other officials over checkpoints

A sign warns travelers on Highway 20 north of Timber Lake to be prepared to stop at the CRST COVID checkpoint.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe filed a federal lawsuit last Monday, June 22, accusing a high-ranking Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) staffer and other Trump administration officials of unlawfully threatening to take over its police department as part of ongoing efforts to stop the tribe’s coronavirus highway checkpoints.

BIA Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney threatened to seize a tribal law enforcement contract as retaliation for so-called health safety checkpoints on US Route 212 and South Dakota Highway 63, says the 38-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In doing so, it alleges, Sweeney violated the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act as well as federal trust duties.

Thu
25
Jun
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Rodeo Queen

Rodeo Queen

Tobi Hintz, daughter of Marty Hintz of Trail City, was crowned the 2020 South Dakota High School Rodeo Association Queen on Saturday at the State High School Finals Rodeo in Ft. Pierre. A freshman at Timber Lake High School, Hintz won five of the nine categories judged in the queen competition, including speech, appearance, modeling, personality and photogenics. She will compete July 13-23 in Guthrie, OK for the title of National High School Rodeo Queen. Tobi’s sister, Tyler, was crowned South Dakota HIgh School Rodeo Association Queen in 2017. This is the first time in the state association’s history that two sisters have worn the crown.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
25
Jun
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COVID-19 cases climbing amid mass testing on Standing Rock

COVID-19 cases climbing amid mass testing on Standing Rock

Livestock producers have been hard hit by low prices and the closing of meat processing plants due to the coronavirus.Photo by Jon Flatland

With mass voluntary testing being held across the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, no new cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in Dewey or Ziebach counties this week. However, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has seen its number of cases double over the past 10 days.

As of Tuesday, June 23, a total of six cases had been detected in Dewey and Ziebach counties, four of which were active and two involving individuals who had recovered. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reported Tuesday that its total number of cases had risen to 41, including 31 active and 10 recoveries. Standing Rock officials expect that number to increase as results begin coming in from 854 tests administered in the community of Fort Yates, ND on Saturday, June 20.

Thu
25
Jun
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West River ag producers receive relief through USDA coronavirus assistance

West River farmers and ranchers affected by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic are finding some relief through the USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

According to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has approved more than $2.8 billion in payments to 220,280 ag producers nation-wide who have applied for the program. That includes more than $138.2 million to just over 11,000 ag producers in South Dakota since the program began accepting applications on May 26.

Thu
18
Jun
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Planning for back to school

The administrative team at Timber Lake School has begun discussions about going back to school this fall.

“We do not have any definitive plans, but have started brainstorming possibilities,” said MS/HS Principal Julie Marshall. “We have received some guidance from the Dept. of Education —a document called Starting Well 2020. The DOE has also put together a focus group who will continue to give guidance to schools to use at their local discretion.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
18
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Teachers, school board reach salary agreement

After a final negotiating session last week, the Timber Lake School Board and teachers reached agreement on a contract for the 2020-21 school year. The board approved the agreement at its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday, June 10.

The biggest change to the previous contract is a two percent - or $900 - increase in the base salary (for a first year teacher) from $45,200 to $46,100, with a $325 step payment for each year of service. In addition, salaries for extra-curricular coaches and advisors will increase two percent and if an activity ends due to school district closure, the person assigned to that activity will be paid out on a pro-rated basis rounded to the nearest week.

Also included in the new agreement is the addition of Professional Learning Community (PLC) facilitators and Education Rising Advisor to extra-curricular duties with a salary of $604 per school year.

 

 

 

 

 

Thu
18
Jun
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Cheyenne River, Standing Rock see rise in coronavirus cases

The total number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation jumped to six on Monday, with four of those cases active and two recovered.

Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier reported one new case on Friday, June 12, and announced two new cases on Monday, June 15. During his daily radio address on Monday, Frazier said despite the new cases of the virus the tribe’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan would remain at Level 3, which mandates closure of all day cares, a daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and a required 14-day quarantine period for residents who have been exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19, among other restrictions.

Thu
18
Jun
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Region HS Rodeo

Region HS Rodeo

Dupree’s Shantell Brewer catches her calf in her loop during the breakaway roping event at the high school region rodeo in Faith on June 13. Photo by Jon Flatland

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
18
Jun
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Days of 1910 Rodeo & Celebration cancelled

The Timber Lake Rodeo Association voted Monday night to cancel the Days of 1910 Rodeo & Celebration, which is usually held the last weekend of July.

About 20 members bounced ideas and opinions back and forth for about 45 minutes before a paper ballot vote was taken. The decision was unanimous.

President Richard Gross asked for an up or down decision, not a delay.

Some of the reasons cited for the decision included:

• The event would likely lose money, perhaps as much as $40,000, because attendance would likely be down significantly due to the coronavirus and the tribal checkpoints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
11
Jun
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Don’t Sweat The Swab

Don’t Sweat The Swab

The writer’s COVID-19 test was quick and painless.

COVID-19 tests aren’t just for the sick anymore. Nearly three months after the Centers for Disease Control officially declared a nation-wide novel coronavirus pandemic, you no longer have to show symptoms of the deadly flu to warrant a test for it.

So when the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe announced it would conduct mass drive-up testing at the Eagle Butte Unit of the Indian Health Service last Thursday, June 4, I decided to give it a whirl. Short of irritated eyes and a runny nose that I attribute to allergies that usually bother me in the spring, I wasn’t feeling sick or exposed to the virus, but since it was free-of-charge and I was in Eagle Butte on business anyway, why not find out if I’m carrying the virus without even knowing it?

 

 

 

 

 

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