Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures: Implementing the 10 year poverty reduction plan.
The Tribal Ventures Poverty Reduction Plan developed by the people of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation is turning our hopes and dreams into opportunities for our families and children to experience a better life. With twelve different programs, it touches all aspects of our Lakota life: culture, economics, and social, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. These opportunities are leading our people and our community on a path to prosperity.
We are calling the people of Cheyenne River to action – to find their place within this plan. Everyone has their own individual plan and a path they are traveling. We encourage each individual to see how Tribal Ventures can be part of their journey. The Tribal Ventures plan is your plan. Find the point where your path intersects with the Tribal Ventures path and become part of the vision for prosperity.
The Tribal Ventures plan utilizes a holistic approach to further the development of our community in three development areas: 1) individual, social and cultural; 2) community and capacity; and 3) economic. It captures the voices and the spirit of our people, and we believe with unified community participation we can maximize our impact in alleviating generations of poverty on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation and create an environment for future generations to thrive.
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It is important to know that this is not a federally funded program. It is about partnership and is a working plan. Each year we should see improvement. The plan isn’t dependent on staff to make it happen. The partners, the people, the communities and our Tribe will work together and use the plan to make a better future.
Tribal Ventures Partnership Board has delegated authority from the Tribal Council to manage the fund and oversee the implementation of the plan. Tribal Ventures partners with local organizations and tribal entities implement the plan’s initiatives. The Northwest Area Foundation wants to learn and share from what is done to reduce poverty; Tribal Ventures have agreed to share with them what we are learning in carrying out the plan.
In 2003 the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) was one of three tribes selected by the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) to participate in the Ventures program to address the root causes of poverty. They formed a partnership and the Tribe spent eighteen months strategizing and developing the Tribal Ventures Poverty Reduction Plan (2006-2016). Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures is now implementing that plan with an $11 million dollar investment ($9.5M from NWAF and $1.5M from CRST). The Tribal Ventures Poverty Reduction Plan is the people's plan with the purpose of creating a path for our people.
The Mnicoujou, Itazipco, Siha Sapa, and Oohenumpa Oyate and their relatives are beginning a healing journey of mind, body, and spirit that will strengthen the Oyate, so our families and future generations will be nurtured and secure with their cultural values – ready to connect to economic, social, and educational opportunities.
The Oyate will emerge from this journey with collective wisdom that supports individual and community wellness; in unity we will take on life's challenges and strive to create and sustain a stable, diverse, and prosperous economy.