community development corporations (CDC)

This Community Is Striving To Rebuild One Of The Poorest Places In America

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PINE RIDGE, South Dakota — Alan Jealous, a 27-year-old construction worker, dreamt of building and owning a home. Homeownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream. But for this citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation living on the Pine Ridge reservation, a community that regularly tops the list of the poorest places in the country, having realized this dream is a monumental achievement. Pine Ridge, a 3,500-square-mile landmass home to nearly 20,000 people, mostly Oglala, has one of the worst economies and some of the weakest infrastructure in the developed world.

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NoiseCat, J. B. (2019, June 10). 'We Gotta Carry On': The Struggle To Rebuild In One Of The Poorest Places In America. Retrieved June 13, 2019, from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/pine-ridge-thunder-valley-housing-community-development_n_5cd47574e4b0796a95d8824f

Citizen Potawatomi Nation reverses decline through strong leaders, entrepreneurship

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The big idea: In recent years, some tribes have reaped huge profits from their gambling operations. Most American Indians, however, are still mired in poverty, unemployment, addictions, ill health and hopelessness. Is there a way to create a better future in Indian Country? The Citizen Potawatomi Nation found the answer in strong leadership, self-rule and entrepreneurship.

The scenario: The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is a tribe of the Potawatomi people, about 10,000 of whom are based in Oklahoma. Like other Native Americans, the Potawatomis have lived with a legacy of broken treaties, land theft, destruction of natural resources, paternalism and federal policies aimed at the eradication of Native language and culture. Four decades ago, the tribe was in disarray. It had 2.5 acres of trust land, $500 in cash and a tribal headquarters in a run-down trailer...

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Glinska, Gosia. "Citizen Potawatomi Nation reverses decline through strong leaders, entrepreneurship." Washington Post. July 18, 2014. Article. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/citizen-potawatomi-nation-reverse..., accessed March 23, 2023)

Building better homes in Indian Country

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There's no other house like it on the Oglala Sioux's 2 million-acre Pine Ridge Reservation: Its walls are insulated by 18-inch strawbales rather than plastic sheeting, and its radiant-floor heating is much cheaper than the typical propane or electric. A frost-protected shallow foundation inhibits mold and is more energy-efficient than the damp basements common here.

Surrounded by South Dakota's open prairie, the rectangular home with its red-metal roof is one of four prototypes the local nonprofit Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation is building with South Dakota college students and the University of Colorado Boulder's Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative. Others will feature compressed-earth blocks, structural insulated panels made of plywood-faced foam, or standard wood framing...

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Seltenrich, Nate. "Building better homes in Indian Country." High Country News. January 20, 2014. Article. (http://www.hcn.org/issues/46.1/building-better-homes-in-indian-country, accessed March 14, 2023)