-Create better quality of life for our Tribal members in the community
-Revitalize our low-income community
-Increase opportunity for the residents of our community
-Encourage more engagement in our community
Wild Horse Butte Community Development Corporation is located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
We are one of nine legislative Districts that make up the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The LaCreek District is located on the far eastern end of the Reservation and has approximately 2,400 enrolled members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
We plan, develop, implement comprehensive plans, proposals and studies that are designed to secure or increase financial resources available for economic development and business activity for the LaCreek District of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
We serve approximately 2,500 members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who live in an extremely impoverished area and struggle just to meet their daily needs.
Wild Horse Butte CDC was developed to help our people determine our own destiny.
Our goal is to provide a better quality of life for the residents of the LaCreek District. When the organization was established we were given two large priorities to address:
1) Access to healthcare and 2) Appropriate and affordable housing.
We are working on both issues full-time.
We have previously partnered with the Indian Ranchers Relief Fund to bring assistance to our community.
We have introduced "Sacred Shawl Society", a new program addressing education about and prevention of domestic violence.
We have built a shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse.
We have built "My Space" Youth Center.
Our Projects and Programs
AFFORDABLE AND APPROPRIATE HOUSING
Limited financial resources and lack of available housing units lead to other social problems. Home ownership is a way to build personal assets.
We found a solution.
Our History - Persistence of Vision
The story of how the Wild Horse Butte Community Development Corporation came into existence is long and complex- and speaks to the determination and persistence of vision of dedicated community members!
President Bill Clinton came to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to celebrate the empowerment zone designation. These zones were created to fight poverty in the Unites States. President Bill Clinton signed the P.L. 103-66, generally called the Empowerment ACT of 1993. The program's intent was to develop the most poverty stricken urban and rural areas in the nation.
Over a 10 year period, the Empowerment Zones received federal assistance through Social and Service Block Grants, Special Tax Incentives, Technical Assistance and special consideration in many of the federal competitive grant and loan programs. It was an opportunity for expand economic growth and our Community Development became a reality. The strategic plan was to develop 9 district Task Forces which were to outsource projects through performance-based contracts and provide extensive coordination of entities.
The Community Development Corporation's main role is to anchor capital locally by providing hands-on community revitalization services, such as developing corridors and affordable housing. The CDC's were to have the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization status filed with IRS to get the process started to open doors in improving the quality of life in the communities that we serve. From the beginning the CDC's were to redevelop their communities using the "Bottom-UP" approach. The CDC's began to identify funding sources through foundations, government and private businesses.
Although many of our districts tried to create positive change, the reality was that most of them met with failure. The reasons were varied. Some failed to get their Community Development Organization developed and when their funds were depleted, they closed their doors. Most of the CDC's failed to leverage resources and expand the progress they had made during the Empowerment Zone Era. Without this effort, the districts lost all of the profits they had gained through the 11 years of the Empowerment Zone Era. Another reason for the closures was the lack of technical assistance necessary to guide the districts in keeping their CDC's sustainable.
The LaCreek District Task Force was determined to move forward and create a sustainable CDC. The Task Force invested in property that was an asset and had value. This plan was used to leverage funds to continue the CDC. Wild Horse Butte Community Development Corporation is the only CDC that survived. We drafted and adopted the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws to govern the CDC and established a Board of Directors. We then filed for the 501(c)(3) with the IRS.In 2013-
We received our designation for non-profit status from the IRS.
Reflecting our mission statement through goals and community involvement, we addressed two critical ideas that needed t be addressed: 1- Appropriate and Affordable housing and 2- Access to Health Care. Wild Horse Butte CDC has made significant progress in both areas, with dedication from our staff and board and support from our community and through forming partnerships.
Repair and remodeling projects begin.
We served as the fiscal sponsor for Ranchers Relief Fund. The fund was formed in response to financial hardship experienced by ranchers after a powerful blizzard pummeled western South Dakota with accumulation of approximately 48 in. of snow in many locations. The blizzard was blamed for the death of tens of thousands of cattle.
Our commitment to excellence has been recognized by Hopa Mountain as we received a return invitation to participate in the annual "Strengthening the Circle"- a Native non-profit leadership and mentorship program .
We were also invited by the Seventh Generation Fund to be a pilot participant in their initiative- "Building Power & Optimizing Impact". This initiative supports emerging Native nonprofits in the four-state region of Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.