In 2010 Thunder Valley CDC received a HUD Sustainable Communities grant to lead a listening, visioning, and planning period to create a regional sustainability planning document for the Pine Ridge Reservation. The hope was that this document would inform decisions made about economic development, youth programming, educations, and other areas of development on the reservation.
The name Oyate Omniciye began with conversations involving a small circle of Lakota Elders who gathered to talk about what Lakota people do when getting together to "plan" for something important. During the conversation another dialogue emerged about whether the Lakota language had a word for "sustainability". Ultimately, the group came to the simple words: OYATE OMNICIYE. Roughly translated, Oyate Omnicicye means "The Circle Meetings of the People".
For the full plan please see the resources section of our website to download the plan.