Wizipan Little Elk

Jackie Hendry

Note: This story originally aired on June 21, 2019. 

Starting in July, the non-profit arm of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation will develop a new school with the help of a national fellowship program. The NACA-Inspired Schools Network fellow will help design curriculum and launch the school over a two-year period. 

Wizipan Little Elk is the CEO of REDCO. He says the school will focus on Lakota language, culture, and educational rigor.

Rosebud Economic Development Corporation

For the third year in a row, the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation’s business operations are turning a profit. Now REDCO is using some of those profits to provide grants for four college students. 

Wizipan Little Elk is the C-E-O of REDCO.  He says the $2,500 “micro-grants” are a way to invest in the community’s future workforce. The grants are available to enrolled Rosebud tribal members attending college or technical schools for the first time this fall.

Jackie Hendry

Every morning behind the Turtle Creek Crossing grocery store just west of Mission, South Dakota, a growing group of young people plants the seeds of a healthier community. The Rosebud Economic Development Corporation—or REDCO—is the largest employer of interns on the Rosebud Reservation. Most of their interns work in the community garden. 

Rosebud Economic Development Corporation

A new economic feasibility study is investigating opportunities for commercial and retail growth in an area on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. The Rosebud Economic Development Corporation—or REDCO—is working with Native-owned Blue Stone Strategy Group to conduct the study.