Partnering with Philanthropy in Native America

Community-based organizations, philanthropic institutions, and federal agencies—all are needed to support and sustain revitalization efforts.

If you look at a map of South Dakota, you’ll see that the southwestern corner shows the outline of a border within the state. That border demarcates the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, more than 2.8 million acres of rolling hills, prairie, scattered pine trees, and creeks, brimming with an abundance of wildlife including buffalo, elk, deer, antelope, and turkey.

The reservation, a sovereign nation, is home to the Oglala Lakota people—approximately 40,000 residents living...

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