4 SuAnne Center Drive, Pine Ridge, SD 57770

(605) 867-5161 raine@oslh.org



The Makoce Na Mni Waste project will achieve the following goals:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Next Steps

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