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District Four

Tribal Council Representatives (4)
Sharon Lee
Kelsie Kay Haskell 
Thad Rose 
Merrie Miller White Bull

District Council 
Roberta Tiger, Chairwoman 
Paulette Eagle Staff, Secretary 


Communities Represented by District 4 
West Eagle Butte
Timber Lake 

Sidney Keith states that Eagle Butte was so named because Indians used to trap eagles there. He writes, “In the early 30s, and the old man called “Fish Gut,” or Ho Supe. Lived down below that butte, He told that the Ree Indians were catching eagles the old way. They would dig a hole large enough to stand in and they covered it with a brush. They would tie a freshly killed rabbit (to the brush), skin it partly, and the eagles with their sharp eyesight could spot the meat. They would land to get it but it was tied up, so while they struggled to get the meat, the Indian would stick his hand through the opening and grab a leg. They would tie a thong (rope) to their legs because if the eagle grabbed hold of your hand, it wouldn’t let go or it would peck your hand until you let go. Eagles are strong. I guess eagles like that spot (butte) because of the south wind. They can soar without flapping a wing. It is a stopping off place for the eagles in their migration.”

"Timber Lake (Sneve, 1973:380) has the name of two possible explanations. One is that it was named in irony because of the presence of a single tree growing on the north shore of the lake. However, a Sioux Indian legend related that it was named as the result of a battle between the Sioux and a band of Indians from Minnesota. With dusk nearing, the fleeing invaders sighted the lake, mistook the tall growth of grass for trees, and joyfully shouted "Timber! Timber!" Their elation was short-lived, however, for the Sioux set fire to the grass and burned the enemies out." 

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