Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing has been working with the Oglala Sioux Tribe to develop and submit applications for USDA Water and Environmental Program Native Set-Aside Grants to upgrade water systems in all communities on the Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribe will be the grantee and OST Department of Water Maintenance and Conservation will oversee the implementation. Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System used the last of its construction funds to do Memos of Agreement with Indian Health Service for design and construction in the first three communities as Stage 1: Manderson, Sharp’s Corner, and Oglala North. The Stage 2 application $9,577,788 was filed on April 19, 2016 on RDApply. The Pre-engineering Reports were done by Morris-Maierle (Wanblee and Allen paid for by BOR Native American Affairs grant and Wounded Knee, Potato Creek, Wakpamni Lake, Porcupine and Wolf Creek paid for by OSRWSS Construction Funds). Proposal coordination was done in collaboration with Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Housing and Oglala Sioux Tribe President’s and Treasurer’s offices.
We were asked by USDA to separate Wounded Knee out since the Environmental Report was complete. This was done and Wounded Knee was submitted to USDA SD in 8/16 and by SD to USDA in Washington in 12/16. The rest of Stage 2 was resubmitted to USDA SD on 9/29/16 with Environmentals complete.
Plans are to submit Stage 3 (Kyle, Evergreen, Red Rocks, North Martin, Red Shirt, Sunrise, Oglala Community) by 1/27/17 and Stage 4 (Pine Ridge Village) by 3/17/17.
The total project could reach over $20,000,000. OST is asking federal government agencies with a stake in Pine Ridge Village to come together to help with this undertaking. The government has been responsive due to the Reservation being designated a Promise Zone by President Obama.
Housing has been collaborating with other tribal entities to upgrade the water systems in all reservation communities for health, safety, and operations issues. This will also ensure systems meet the Bureau of Reclamation standards for transfer in trust so they will provide funding for maintenance, operations, and/or replacement in the future.
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