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Rosebud Sioux Nation—Expanding Resource Utilization

I had the honor and pleasure to tour the Rosebud Sioux Nation in South Dakota.  The vast land of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate is rich in natural resources.

Tribal leaders, with support from Sinte Gleska University, demonstrated interest and commitment in further planning and development of these resources in ways that continually improve quality of life, yet are respectful and mindful of their ancestral teachings and cultural traditions.

At the Tribal Council meeting, dialog focused on underutilization of resources such as wind, timber, ranch land and the 27 center pivots owned by the Tribe.  Also, issues such as the need for start-up capital, power purchase agreements, new genetics for the buffalo herds, production and marketing expertise, access for rural housing and infrastructure on the Reservation, including a new Tribal Council building, were discussed.

Utilizing many of the USDA and other federal support programs, Tribal leaders under the leadership of President Rodney Bordeaux, are confident they can develop businesses which will create jobs on the Reservation.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney M. Bordeaux with MRP Under Secretary Edward Avalos

Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney M. Bordeaux with MRP Under Secretary Edward Avalos

One Response to “Rosebud Sioux Nation—Expanding Resource Utilization”

  1. Ronald Valandra says:

    It is interesting that you have received more information from our Tribal Council than the entire Tribal Membership have received in the last four years. The Tribe needs to support it’s Members into getting into business, rather than the Tribal Council using resources available for their own interests. The Membership was never asked if they wanted the Tribe to borrow or obligate funds to build a grocery store (that was overbugeted by approximatedly 7 million), build a off sale beer business, put gaming devices in the Tribe’s failing grocery store, build a bulk propane plant (which is still sitting idle), and continue to purchase land with borrowed land. This is not from a disgruntled employee that President Bordeaux always says, but from a Tribal Member that is a Viet Nam Veteran, served 8 years on the Tribal Council and is concerned about the future of the Tribe and it’s Members.

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