Community Development

We are building an entire community from the ground up in order to create a space that has Oglala Lakota creativity, imagination and interests at the center of its design.  This "Regenerative Community Development" recognizes the bond between tradition and innovation by building upon our Lakota values with eco-friendly designs that will ensure the wellbeing of our people, our planet, and our prosperity as a nation of Oglala Lakota people. This community will feature:  

  • Homes to buy or rent with little to no utilities cost
  • High quality food options from the community garden, greenhouses & grocery store
  • Powwow Grounds & Cultural Center
  • Lakota Language education options
  • Youth spaces such as a playground, skate park, basketball court & more
  • Retail spaces for local entrepreneurs 
  • Workforce Development Training Center
  • Employee Owned Construction Company
  • Outdoor amphitheater for concerts or other community events
  • Artist Market & Farmer's Market
  • Daycare & Fitness Center
  • Walking Paths & Community Gathering Spaces
  • Youth Shelter & so much more!

Building A Resilient Community 

Bringing architectural 2D drawings to into a 3D experience, "Building a Resilient Community" visualizes the future of the Thunder Valley Regenerative Community. Showcasing key buildings –– some currently under construction and some that will soon break ground –– this video provides viewers with a sneak peak of finished structures. Working closely with Thunder Valley CDC, the team at Pyatt Studio combined detailed architectural renderings with original music created by Lakota Hip Hop Artist Frank Waln to create an energetic tour through what will be the Thunder Valley Regenerative Community. 

The Single Family Homes in the video were designed by architecture firm Pyatt Studio and the Community Building & Bunkhouse were designed by architecture firm BNIM. All of this work is made possible through the essential contributions of our partners at KLJ. Click here to share the video on Facebook.