NDN Collective

NDN Collective

A Rapid City organization is raising money to support Indigenous efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. NDN Collective has raised more than three million dollars for organizations working with Indigenous communities around the country.

NDN Collective was started a few years ago to help support Indigenous leaders and efforts. Now, they’ve changed their focus to funding pandemic relief. Nick Tilsen is the President.

Native Women Lead Hundreds During RC Women’s March

Jan 26, 2020
Chynna Lockett

The Women’s March began four years ago as an international effort to draw attention to inequality as President Donald Trump took office. Annual marches still take place all over the country and some are evolving. This year, Native women lead hundreds of protesters in Rapid City. 


Victoria Wicks

South Dakota's "riot boosting" laws faced judicial scrutiny on Wednesday, June 12, in a Rapid City federal courtroom.

The riot boosting law that was passed in the 2019 legislative session works with old rioting laws to threaten protestors and their supporters with criminal and civil penalties.

Opponents say the laws violate free speech.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks was in the courtroom.

To hear long coverage of the riot boosting legislation, click on this link:


The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a challenge to a new South Dakota law designed to protect construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from "riot boosters."

Governor Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg are included as defendants. In the last full week of the 2019 legislative session, Noem pushed through two bills to prevent another Standing Rock situation if the Keystone XL pipeline is built.

Noem signed the new legislation on Wednesday, March 27, and the ACLU filed its complaint in South Dakota federal court on Thursday, March 28.

Victoria Wicks

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.