Willi White

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

Drive south of Scenic on BIA Highway 27 and you'll find Thunder Valley. You won't have to look hard. After you've driven about half an hour through Pine Ridge's grasslands and hills, Thunder Valley stands out. You'll first notice a cluster of very tall houses, some finished, some not. Then you'll see a large apartment complex and community center, both still under construction, and a small red barn and administration building.

This is a model community, designed to show the possibilities when a group of dedicated people think beyond the conventional to make a good life.

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