4 SuAnne Center Drive, Pine Ridge, SD 57770

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Community Involvement

Building on the Voice of the Oyate

The Makoce Na Mni Waste project is building on the work of the Oyate Omniciye Comprehensive Plan, which was developed by Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation through a HUD Sustainable Housing and Community grant and included the outcomes of the Oyate Consortium comprised of 19 reservation entities. This process included talking circles with over 300 people. As a result, the plan recommended forming a regional planning commission and other recommendations regarding water quality, sustainable infrastructure, and solid waste systems.

Stakeholders Group

The Makoce Na Mni Waste project has mobilized a group of stakeholders.

Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing
Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System
Oglala Sioux Tribe Solid Waste
Oglala Sioux Tribe Water & Sewer
Tribal Council Representatives
Bureau of Reclamation
Environmental Protection Agency
US Housing and Urban Development
US Department of Agriculture
These stakeholders have had several meetings to address the pressing issues related to infrastructure systems on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and have discussed the formation of a commission to oversee management of water, wastewater, and solid waste, as well as to increase tribal sovereignty.