Thunder Valley CDC has done large amounts of research and documenting to inform the decisions that we make. We want to be able to share our successes and our failures with our community and other communities looking to learn from our work. Ultimately we want our work to be a replicable model for communities across the country. We will continue to add to these resources as our work continues to evolve.
In 2012 Thunder Valley CDC led the planning efforts for a Regional Plan. We completed hundreds of hours of community engagement to collect information of what the community priorities are. We decided on eleven initiatives and created a workbooks and planning document to implement the initiatives. The plan was adopted as the Regional Planning document for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and has helped leverage millions of dollars onto the reservation.
This assessment was completed by Policy Link and the Kirwan Institute with support from Thunder Valley CDC. It came out of a recognition that there is a need for data on the reservation. The assessment identifies the challenges on the Pine Ridge Reservation and streamlines data from multiple sources. Additionally, the assessment identifies key opportunities for economic development on the reservation.
The Food System Assessment was completed in 2014 as an analysis of the gaps in food accessibility and availability. We use this document to inform our Food Sovereignty Initiative plans to increase food system sovereignty on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The food system was assessed by gathering information from all sectors of the food system using existing data, focus groups, a survey, and key informant interviews.
This HOME Market Study was completed for the proposed application from Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (Thunder Valley CDC) to the HOME program through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The population of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is increasing and, in response, so is the need for housing. Migration trends are negative, however, which could signify a need for more housing and employment opportunities on the reservation. Oglala Lakota County alone is expected to increase in population by 34% from 2015 to 2035, from 14,687 to 19,755. These trends, along with an increasing market economy through local and commercial businesses, and proposed new commercial businesses in the primary market area, further indicate positive prospects for the long-term performance of Thunder Valley CDC's Regenerative Community.