For a resilient indigenous development for the Sicangu Lakota Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota
Start Date: Jan 2013
End Date: Jan 2014
Prime A/E Team Lead:
Blue Star Studio Inc
Blue Star Integrative Studio worked with the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) on the early development of Project Narrative used to spark grant-writing, community engagement processes and general public outreach needed to further subsequent phases of the Keya Wakpala Waíçageyapi development focused on achieving multiple goals. The project site is located on 600 acres of tribal lands under control by the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation.
Phase 1 work included a series of community engagement meetings and collection of community surveys to define the larger vision, values and goals. This information gathered helped REDCO make decisions about project priorities and allowed preparations for Phase 2 work to be made.
During Phase 1 work, a large amount of grant writing and fund-sourcing occurred. This led to successful submissions of proposals to the Clinton Global Initiative, the First Nations Development Institute, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, HUD Rural Capacity Building Program, Wellmark, and others. This activity was necessary to lay the foundation and gather the resources needed for continuation of pre-development activity needed to plan out the Keya Wakpala Waíçageyapi development and frame the issues as a means to attract partnerships, collaborators and investors. There were some successes in obtaining funding and other decisions are pending. This activity also allowed REDCO to attract additional project partners within its own Tribe.