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27565 Research Park Drive, Mission, South Dakota 57555

(605) 856-8400

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405 Canal St. Ste. #2500

Rapid City, SD 57702

(605) 791-7010

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Annual Reports

2018 Report

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2017 Report

"The impossible is possible. I cannot tell how many times people have told me something can't be done, and we just go out and do it. Our vision of a sustainable Lakota economy where everyone prospers is happening."

2016 Report

"In 2016, we broke every revenue and profit record for the organization and were able to move from breaking even to profitability, while making major community development contributions."

Latest News

REDCO Announces Blue Stone Strategy Group Will Conduct Commercial/Retail Feasibility Study for Keya Wakpala Development

Mission, SD, May 9, 2018 –Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) recently awarded a contract to the Blue Stone Strategy Group to conduct an Economic Feasibility Study for Keya Wakpala Waíçageyapi (Turtle Creek Sustainable Community Development). The Feasibility Study will focus on commercial and retail development opportunities around the Turtle Crossing Supermarket area in Mission, SD. REDCO received a grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Division of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) to support the study.

The Economic Feasibility Study will help determine the right mix of retail and community program tenants to be located in the commercial area of the Keya Wakpala Development. Red Dawn Foster, Community Development Coordinator said, “We are working purposefully to design a mixed-use community, creating a sense of place and improve access to goods and services, where people can live, work, play and grow” When complete, Keya Wakpala will be a safe place for all Lakota people and their neighbors who seek a unique community encouraging health, education, and helpfulness while renewing a culturally meaningful way of life. In addition to establishing homes and businesses, Keya Wakpala promotes traditional culture and language.

Blue Stone Strategy Group, an experienced economic development firm, will complete the study and present its findings in September. “We are honored to be chosen to begin this important initiative of Economic Development with REDCO. We are excited to see what the future holds for the Sicangu Oyate”, Jamie Fullmer, of Blue Stone Strategy Group said. Work on the Feasibility Study will include community member input and surveys. REDCO CEO, Wizipan Little Elk said, “We get a lot of ideas and suggestions from people about what kind of development we can bring to the rez. People talk about a movie theater, so let’s see if its commercially feasible. The same for all other kinds of stores, restaurants, and anything else people can think of.”

Community feedback will be sought from the general public through surveys. Further information will be available later on REDCO’s website, www.SicanguCorp.com. For more information, contact Red Dawn Foster, REDCO Community Development Coordinator by phone at 605.856.8400 or email at reddawn.foster@sicangucorp.com.

ABOUT REDCO

REDCO is a chartered corporation owned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and managed by an independent Board of Directors for the purpose of generating revenue for the Tribe and promoting economic development. Through business management and development, policy development, and community development, REDCO works to create employment, strengthen the local economy, and provide self-sufficiency for the Sicangu Lakota Oyate.

About Blue Stone Strategy Group

Blue Stone Strategy Group is a Native-owned company, working exclusively in Indian County with over 10 years of experience. The company focuses on economic development, governance, and strategic planning – working with Tribal Governments and Tribal entities to assert their sovereignty and build strong Tribal economies.

REDCO Announces Launch of Scholars and Leaders Program to

Strengthen Future Workforce

Mission, SD, November 20, 2017 – The Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) recently issued a report to assess the state of the future workforce for the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. The report confirmed troubling high school dropout rates, the need for more students entering college, and that increased resources are needed to ensure high school graduates are better prepared for the workforce and college. Data was gathered from a variety of sources, including test scores and interviews with community stakeholders in the three main school districts that serve the majority of reservation youth: Todd County, White River, and St. Francis Indian School.

The purpose of the report was to identify the current state of the workforce over the next 10 years. REDCO’s long term economic plans includes the creation of over a hundred jobs and the need for highly skilled managers. Wizipan Little Elk, REDCO CEO said, “Our Tribe’s constitution calls for us to think seven generations. This report lets us know that we need to be doing more to prepare the next generation of leaders in order to improve peoples’ quality of life and grow our Tribe’s economy.” He went on to say, “the launch of the REDCO Scholars and Leaders Program will be one of our first steps in this new direction and make youth a priority.”

REDCO’s existing internship program has provided 21 paid and for credit internships over the last 3 years. The Scholars and Leaders Program will include high school students with part of the overall goal being to inspire students to continue on to college and pursue business, economic policy, and community development as a career path. “REDCO’s Scholar and Leaders Program is a Lakota-based, experiential approach. It integrates thinking with doing”, Dr. Edward Valandra, a member of 4Rosebud, said. He went on to say, “Students will see how education promotes self-determination in all life’s spheres: cultural, political, social, environmental, and spiritual”. The program also includes increased efforts for job training and career development.

REDCO’s mission to foster and promote economic development for the Sicangu Lakota Oyate is linked to education, as developing a strong economy requires developing a strong education system. Data from the 2015-2016 Smarter Balance assessment indicates that the majority of students across the reservation are not proficient in English and math, areas that are necessary for academic success. Additionally, many students who are graduating high school and attending a post-secondary school are not graduating within four years, if at all. Low student proficiency in schooling is tied to the effects of trauma on students that have not been addressed, and is not indicative of students’ ability to achieve.

REDCO remains committed to concrete steps that help develop the future workforce through positive changes in the economy and education. In the short term, REDCO will be launching a robust career and internship program for youth and adults. The Scholars and Leaders program will provide participants with career training, as well as professional development of social skills that are necessary in the workplace. The program is scheduled to be launched in the new year.

ABOUT REDCO

REDCO is a chartered corporation owned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and managed by an independent Board of Directors for the purpose of generating revenue for the Tribe and promoting economic development. Through business management and development, policy development, and community development, REDCO works to create employment, strengthen the local economy, and provide self-sufficiency for the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. For more information please call (605) 856-8400.

Community Food Sovereignty Initiative Receives Grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to Build a High Tunnel and Greenhouse

Mission, SD, September 6, 2017 – The Rosebud Economic Development Corporation’s (REDCO) Community Food Sovereignty Initiative (CFSI) was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to support their work in bringing about a healthy, locally based food system on the Rosebud Reservation. The grant will fund the construction of a high tunnel and greenhouse, which will increase access to fresh produce throughout the year.

The CFSI is working with the Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) to design temperature controlled growing spaces for the specific climate and environment of Rosebud. Wizipan Little Elk, REDCO CEO said, “Our vision is to have a high-level, self- sustaining garden that can provide fresh fruits and vegetables on a year round basis. These new growing spaces will allow us to significantly increase the amount of produce we harvest each year”. The high tunnel will extend the growing season by approximately three months, allowing produce to be planted earlier in the spring, and to survive later into the fall.

The greenhouse will be insulated and climate controlled on a year round basis, using a geothermal climate battery system and passive solar technologies. “We’ll be able to grow tomatoes and cucumbers in January,” said Michael Prate, Food Sovereignty Coordinator. He went on to say, “Most of our work with students happens in the summer. Now we have a year round classroom.” The CFSI plans to partner with local youth institutions, like schools and the Boys and Girls Club, to host educational classes and cooking demonstrations for students. Rodney Bordeaux, REDCO Board Vice Chairman, said, “This is about moving toward sovereignty and self-sufficiency. There is no better example than working with youth and our community to show we can feed ourselves by growing fresh, even in the dead of winter.”

Within the last three years, the CFSI has provided 12 internship opportunities for local youth and tribal members. Interns have harvested nearly 1,000 pounds of produce since 2014 and the greenhouse will help increase production even more. Many of these vegetables are sold at the weekly farmers’ market, which runs from late July through early October, next to Turtle Creek Crossing. Stop by every Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 PM for fresh, locally grown produce.

ABOUT REDCO

REDCO is a chartered corporation owned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and managed by an independent Board of Directors for the purpose of generating revenue for the Tribe and promoting economic development. Through business management and development, policy development, and community development, REDCO works to create employment, strengthen the local economy, and provide self-sufficiency for the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. For more information please call (605) 856-8400.

ABOUT CFSI

The REDCO Community Food Sovereignty Initiative (CFSI) is committed to bringing about a healthy and self-sustaining food system for the Sicangu Lakota Oyate that supports overall health and tribal sovereignty. Understanding that true sovereignty is impossible without a tribally controlled food system, REDCO formed the CFSI to begin the process of building food independence. The CFSI has educates about the principles of food sovereignty; creates new market opportunities; grows healthy, fresh vegetables; fosterers community collaboration around food; and researches traditional Lakota food knowledge. For more information, please call (605) 856-2393)