Thunder Valley CDC

Thunder Valley Opens Community Center

Jun 21, 2019

 

The Pine Ridge Reservation is isolated. It can take hours to get from one end to the other. That makes it difficult to bring people together. But there’s now a new, centralized meeting place equipped with high end technology.

The new Thunder Valley Community Center is an open room with concrete floors and tall walls. It’s bright from natural light that pours in through wide windows.

 

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation leases the space for meetings, conferences and even family family gatherings.

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.

Pine Ridge Immersions Program Creates Lakota Speakers

Oct 18, 2017
Chynna Lockett

Lakota is an original Native American language that elders on some South Dakota reservations speak today. There are efforts in a number of places around the country to preserve the language.

It’s a vocabulary lesson for a group of young students. 

They’re part of the Lakota Immersion Childcare program on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Here, all the learning is done in Lakota.