Thunder Valley CDC
Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation is an Oglala Lakota-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based out of the Porcupine District on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. We have developed a comprehensive, innovative and grassroots approach to collaborating with and empowering Lakota youth and families to improve the health, culture and environment of our community in a way that heals and strengthens our identity. Thunder Valley CDC is an ecosystem of opportunity that creates deliberate action and systemic solutions as large and comprehensive as the historic challenges facing our community. We are focused on building community power to accomplish lasting change, which has materialized as a diverse array of interconnected programs & initiatives. We are intentionally disrupting the status quo by creating models of change that will overpower intergenerational poverty and build momentum towards regional equity. We are focused on creating our own pathway out of poverty by building local skill and leadership capacity, empowering our community to realize its fullest potential and creating a space that is a reflection of who we are as Oglala Lakota People. All of our work is place-based and comprehensive, centered on applying indigenous innovation in a way that honors our cultural heritage and is adapted for the needs and vision of our local community.