Missouri Breaks is a private company that has served the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe with research and public health initiatives for nearly 30 years. In 2018, we had an opportunity to create a resource guide to help our community get connected to the resources available to them. The guide has recently been converted to an interactive website with the addition of a community calendar.
The purpose of this website is to help connect community members with the programs and events available throughout Cheyenne River.
Four Bands Community Fund
Four Bands Community Fund is a nonprofit organization that was started in 2000 as part of a community and economic development movement on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. As a community loan fund (technically known as a community development financial institution, or CDFI) our original objective was to capitalize Native American-owned businesses on the Reservation.
Cheyenne River Telephone Authority
C.R.S.T. Telephone Authority began its formal organizational history in 1958 when the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe purchased a privately owned telephone company.
Chairman Frank Ducheneaux, Sr. led the effort and, $105,000.00 later, the first tribal telephone company in the United States became reality. In the decades since, eight other tribes have started their own telecommunication companies – speaking to the power for C.R.S.T.T.A. as a role model and the importance of the decision.
From founding until the 1970’s, the company struggled with aerial plant and old switching equipment. At that time telephone service was multi-party and always at the mercy of Mother Nature, and most rural folks throughout the reservation did not have phone service. Some farmer/rancher owned switching companies did exist – the Green Grass Telephone Company is an example – and they owned and maintained their own neighborhood system. These privately-owned systems then linked into the main system that was located in Eagle Butte.
Oglala Lakota College - Cheyenne River College Center
113 Lincoln Street
P.O. Box 100
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Phone: (605) 964-8010/8011
Rebuild the Lakota Nation through Education
The mission which emanates from the charter of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe is to educate students for professional and vocational employment opportunities in Lakota Country. The College will graduate well-rounded students grounded in Wolakolkiciyapi -learning Lakota ways of life in the community-by-teaching Lakota culture and language as part of preparing students to participate in a multicultural world. The education shiels represents a division of the Teton Nation. This shield incorporates the traditional Lakota values and symbols with contemporary goals, objectives and philosophy of the Oglala Lakota College. The peripheral feathers represent the districts of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The four pipe feathers represent the sacred concept of the four winds and the four virtues of bravery, generosity, fortitude, and wisdom. Finally, and certainly not the least, are the crossed sacred pipes in the center, used for healing and as instruments for peace. - Edwin Fill the Pipe