On an East Main Street building in Rapid City is a new sign that reads "NDN Collective." And painted on the window are the words "Defend. Develop. Decolonize."
The upstart enterprise is headed up by Nick Tilsen. He's the innovator behind Thunder Valley Community Development on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
NDN Collective now proposes to take that idea to a larger scale, focusing on self-directed economic development in Indian Country across North America.
One of its officers tells SDPB's Victoria Wicks that as the indigenous economy becomes healthy, so do other aspects of the community.