The Makoce Na Mni Waste project will achieve the following goals:
- Develop a self-sustaining entity under the Oglala Sioux Tribe to oversee water, sewer, and solid waste operations, maintenance, planning, expansion, and environmentally sound practices.
- Develop a comprehensive plan for operations, funding, maintenance and repair, replacement, new infrastructure, and environmental practices.
To date, the project has:
- Contracted with three consultants to help us meet our objectives.
- Legal Consultant – John Glover
- Community Planning Consultant- Thunder Valley CDC
- Web Site Developer- Cuny Communications
- Researched other tribal municipal systems.
- Eagle Butte, SD
- Sisseton, SD
- Coeur d’Alene, ID
- Facilitated three stakeholder meetings.
- Held education and planning sessions with the tribal council, housing, and other boards and administrators.
- Developed a web site to showcase our work.
- Researched all possible funding sources for operations, replacement expansion revenue including user fees, maintenance fees, bonds, and federal funding.
- Collaborated with federal agencies to develop and implement the systems from the tribally sovereign point of view.
Moving forward, we will:
- Establish a legal entity and propose that Oglala Sioux Tribal Council pass an ordinance to set up the OST Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Commission. Two possibilities for the structure of this entity are being explored, including a tribal department of public works or a tribally-chartered entity.
- Fulfill key needs for the Commission, which are:
- A qualified CEO
- Power to manage revenues and expenditures as separate accounts for water, wastewater, and solid waste
- Power to bill and collect bills from the Tribe, its programs, other entities, and individuals with collection procedures using the tribal court
- Power to hire and fire personnel to assure efficient operation