KEYA WAKPALA WOÍÇAGEYAPI
(Turtle Creek Regenerative Development)
“KEYA WAKPALA WOÍÇAGEYAPI IS A SAFE PLACE FOR ALL LAKOTA PEOPLE AND THEIR NEIGHBORS WHO SEEK A UNIQUE COMMUNITY ENCOURAGING RESILIENCE, HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND HELPFULNESS WHILE RENEWING A CULTURALLY MEANINGFUL WAY OF LIFE”
- Project Vision Statement, given by the Oyate
Keya Wakpala is a multi-phased community-scale green development. Over the past several years, REDCO has laid the (figurative) foundation for the project by conducting community engagement activities, site planning, and feasibility studies.
In late 2020, REDCO won a number of grants that have allowed the project to build momentum and begin the design and engineering for Phase 1. Team leaders continue to develop a plan to build 10 single-family homes and a Sicangu Innovation Center, which will serve as a community hub and place for business development.
"Housing is absolutely essential to human flourishing. Without stable shelter, it all falls apart."
- Matthew Desmond, Sociologist and Housing Researcher
The housing crisis on Rosebud is well-documented. According to recent data, the
reservation is short at least 500 homes, and 30 percent of individuals in a recent survey of Todd County
reported severe housing problems including overcrowding, high costs, or lack of kitchen or plumbing facilities. (Norwood, 2019; Pinkus, 2019)
Keya Wakpala brings a 21st century spin on traditional Lakota housing and community structure, while bringing together financial and technical resources to make ownership attainable for Sicangu families.
There are multiple housing options to choose from, with designs ranging from a "tiny home" up to a multi-generational family model.
Check out the sampling of the designs below! Floor plans and digital renderings of the interior of the homes are available in the document below.
History and Timeline
Roughly six years of community surveys, meetings, feasibility studies, and planning have brought the project to the exciting position we are in today. We are preparing to break ground on the first phasing of housing, which will include ten homes. Additionally, we are completing a feasibility study for the Sicangu Innovation Center, a space that will serve as a community hub for business development and entrepreneurship.
Check out the update presentation below that was given to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council in early 2021.
Interested in helping lead and shape the vision and implementation of this project? Keya Wakpala is seeking a Development Manager to do just that!