The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures is a 10-year poverty reduction plan created through an inclusive planning process on the Cheyenne River Reservation in 2003 and 2004. The plan encompasses the voice and the spirit of the people of Cheyenne River, and was funded by a $9.5 million grant from the Northwest Area Foundation to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. The Tribal Ventures plan is based on a vision for prosperity, and utilizes a holistic approach to further the development of the Cheyenne River Reservation by focusing on three strategic development areas:
1. individual, social and cultural
2. community and capacity
With twelve different initiatives, it touches all aspects of Lakota life: culture, economics, social, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.
Throughout the project, Tribal Ventures has forged ahead in uncharted territory and established a new model for doing business on the reservation. The success of this model lies in the following key components:
• Staying true to our core Lakota values.
• Building positive relationships with community partner organizations.
• Respectfully collaborating with tribal leadership.
• Maintaining an all-inclusive approach.
This plan has been a critical and fundamental step in the reservation’s holistic development approach, and will serve as a foundation for future growth and development by focusing on the personal, cultural, and economic sectors on Cheyenne River.