KEYA WAKPALA WOÍÇAGEYAPI
(Turtle Creek Regenerative Development)

Keya Wakpala Woicageyapi (KWW) is a community-scale development that reimagines the way the Sicangu Oyate lives, works, and plays.

The plan for the 600-acre site located on tribal land near Mission, SD utilizes a phased approach that includes housing, recreation, and business development. REDCO completed a master plan for the site, with several rounds of community input, needs assessments, and economic analysis and is beginning the implementation of Phase 1. This phase includes 10 single-family homes, retail space, and the Sicangu Innovation Center – which will be a multi-use community hub.

We are seeking input on the design of the Sicangu Innovation/Inspiration Center!

Imagine a place that nurtures and supports individuals with dreams of starting and growing businesses, learning new skills, sharing wisdom and culture, and working with others to create a beautiful future for our Sicangu Lakota Oyate. Imagine, too, a facility (buildings and outdoor spaces) accessible to all--for gatherings, celebrations, ceremonies, and events that bring the community together to strengthen our generations.

Keya Wakpala Phase 1 Site Plan.jpg

Housing

"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.

Keya Wakpala
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 presentation below that was given to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council.

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