Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today recognized the City of Dupree on the 100th anniversary of its founding this month. Johnson entered a statement in the Congressional Record highlighting the milestone.
“Small communities like Dupree are the foundation of our state,” Johnson said. “I am honored to highlight this milestone for the community with a statement in the Congressional Record.”
Full text of the Congressional Record Statement from Johnson below:
Mr. President, today I rise in order to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the founding of Dupree, South Dakota, one of many communities on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. This hearty town is the county seat of Ziebach County, and has withstood recent tornadoes to come out stronger.
Named after a young Canadian fur trader named Fred Dupris, the spelling changed to conform to the people’s preference. With two train stations, Dupree became a popular area to homestead. Dupree’s vision statement nicely sums up the town. “Dupree is the front door to the West. It has a rich heritage; is full of wide open spaces, and home for family and friends—the kind of place people want to hang their hat.” Small towns like Dupree are the backbone of South Dakota, embodying the values our state hold dear.
Dupree will celebrate with a three day wagon and trail ride, a parade, a Powwow, a demolition derby, and more. They are also selling tickets to a raffle for a Limited Edition Dupree Centennial Rifle. A rodeo will conclude the weekend celebration. I would like to recognize Dupree on this historic milestone, and I wish its citizens the best on their future.