Eagle Butte

Eagle Butte Artists Learn Tips To Flourish

Jun 18, 2018
Chynna Lockett

Artists who turn their passion into a business venture can find it  a challenge. They need to figure out the details and skills that go into making a profit. The Keya Foundation in Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Reservation is helping local artists develop  those skills.

Paulette Eagle Staff Red Dog walks past art projects hanging off vibrant, turquoise walls. She stands in front of a small framed white dress that belonged to her mother.

“My mother born in 1934 and they made this for her when she was about 2 years old. Her grandmother made it for her.”

Cheyenne River Upgrading Water Treatment Plant

Jul 27, 2016

USDA funding is helping upgrade a water treatment plant near Eagle Butte.  The move ensures about 14-thousand people on and around the Cheyenne River Reservation have a more reliable water source.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe draws water out of the Cheyenne and Missouri Rivers.  But the old treatment plant and series of pipes to distribute water was prone to break down. Leaving thousands with no water—sometimes for several days at a time.  

Tim Potts is with USDA’s Rural Development.

Eagle Butte Explores Culture And Art At Graffiti Jam

Jul 5, 2016

Artists from around the world are shaking their spray paint cans in preparation for the second annual RedCan Graffiti Jam. Hosted by the Cheyenne River Youth Project, or CRYP, the three-day event brings together graffiti and Lakota culture in creativity and fellowship.

Red Can Graffiti Jam Kicks Off In Eagle Butte

Jul 10, 2015
Chynna Lockett

The Cheyenne River Youth Project is hosting the Red Can Graffiti Jam this week. The event started Wednesday at the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park in Eagle Butte and will end Saturday in Rapid City’s Art Ally. The Red Can Jam features several internationally recognized graffiti artists teaching children how to skateboard and spray-paint. 

Amy Varland

Residents across South Dakota donated hundreds of dresses, purses, shoes, jewelry, and makeup to help girls on the Cheyenne River Reservation get glammed up for this year’s prom. Organizers say the annual Passion For Fashion is about much more than just glamour and glitz.

Glamour, Glitz & Graffiti is the theme of this year’s Passion For Fashion event at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte where participants choose a prom dress, shoes and accessories, and get their hair, makeup, and nails done.

Art Park Encourages Expression Through Graffiti

Sep 15, 2014

Graffiti and tagging are issues that many communities across South Dakota struggle with. Some argue it is a misunderstood form of art, others say graffiti is not just an eyesore but a crime. Residents of Eagle Butte are combating the problem.

Take a drive through just about any community in South Dakota and chances are you’ll see evidence of graffiti on things like bridges, buildings, and train cars.

Eagle Butte resident and Cheyenne River Youth Project Executive Director Julie Garreau says graffiti and tagging are an ongoing problem in her community.

Amy Varland

Unemployment, poverty, and alcoholism run rampant on many of South Dakota’s Indian reservations. Despite a lack of opportunity and a nagging sense of hopelessness for many - there is a safe place on the Cheyenne River where young people can go to play, eat healthy meals, learn valuable skills, and find hope for their futures.

Eagle Butte is a rural town on the Cheyenne River in south central South Dakota. The town lies in Ziebach county, one of South Dakota - and the nation’s poorest.