What is 7Gen?
7Gen refers to “Seven Generations,” which is a concept that is familiar in many Indigenous belief systems. The basic idea is that we have an obligation to consider Seven Generations into the future when making decisions. The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Constitution has a provision that we must consider the next Seven Generations when making decisions.
7Gen also has roots in a prophecy that a Seventh Generation that will revitalize Indigenous communities and bring about renewed power. This prophecy is shared among many Native groups, but as Sicangu Lakota there is a very specific prophecy for us.
We do not claim to “own” or have “invented” 7Gen, but we are carrying the work forward. It is a movement that can be pushed forward in a multitude of ways by a multitude of people.
Because of the multiple meanings, 7Gen is a dynamic idea and movement that prioritized Indigenous perspectives and encourages strategic, long-term thinking.
At REDCO, we are making 7Gen more than an aspiration and are actualizing the concept in all of our work.
What is REDCO and what does it do?
In 1999, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Government took a step toward reclaiming their right to economic self-determination by establishing REDCO. Designed as the economic arm of the Tribe, REDCO’s purpose is to generate revenue and create economic opportunity for the Sicangu Lakota Oyate and surrounding communities.
Our work is guided by 7Gen Thinking and our Lakota values.
As Lakota we believe we are all related and it is our duty to create a better world for future generations. At REDCO, we do this by developing amazing leaders who run great organizations.
REDCO is part of an ecosystem of organizations working to create positive change on the Rosebud Reservation.
REDCO focuses on business, policy, and leadership development
Sicangu CDC runs community development initiatives in food sovereignty, health, education, and housing
Tatanka Funds empowers people through financial literacy and asset building
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