At Sicangu CDC, we believe deeply in the power of our community to determine its own future. Through a grassroots approach to systems change, we are catalyzing a movement of community revitalization and cultural renewal.
Located on the lands of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate (the Rosebud Reservation) in south central South Dakota, we are a community-based nonprofit focused in the areas of food sovereignty, housing, education, and healthcare.
We know that every member of our community will do something great when given the chance. That's why we are working to empower our people with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to reach their fullest potential. Individuals are the building blocks of our society. We emphasize social-emotional intelligence by grounding our approach in traditional Lakota practices that engage people in a holistic way - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
The Tiwahe and Tiospaye - home and extended family - were the foundation of Lakota society and must be revitalized. Strong families make for a strong community and Nation. We recognize the power in our families and work to equip them with the understanding and skills needed to create safe, healthy, culturally grounded homes.
We are building a movement for cultural and community revitalization, and movements are built on relationships. In all of our programming we aim to deepen connections between people, families, and even organizations. We see the power that comes from true community and know that we cannot achieve our vision without it.
Sicangu CDC is part of the Three Sisters and operates under a shared vision and mission with REDCO and Tatanka Funds. Each sister has a different approach toward achieving the mission of a better world for future generations. While Sicangu CDC focuses on Lakota community development, REDCO's approach includes enterprise and policy, whereas Tatanka Funds supports entrepreneurship through personal finance and small business support. Together, the Three Sisters create an ecosystem of transformational change on Rosebud.
Lakota wisdom tells us to make decisions with the next Seven Generations in mind. As a part of the Three Sisters, Sicangu CDC is making sure that this wisdom is more than just an aspiration and is something tangible and actionable.
With input from our community, The Three Sisters are developing a 7Gen Plan -- a 175-year roadmap to Sicangu prosperity. The plan is part of a larger 7Gen Movement that promotes sustainable solutions grounded in Indigenous science, wisdom and values.