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Revolution Advisors was retained by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and an Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP). The CEDS included an Economic Development Master Plan and the IRMP included a significant Land Use Component. The work also included an assessment of the tribal government structure and processes to develop alignment, integration and collaboration opportunities that would improve implementation of the plans.


The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is located in both North and South Dakota and covers 2.3 million acres of allotted and tribally-owned land. The culture of the Lakota people is rich and the traditions, language and lifeways of their ancestors in some ways are still practiced today. As such, cultural preservation was a key component of their focus as was a strong need to increase economic activity to address pervasive poverty in the community. There was also a strong need for building consensus among the various communities on the reservation on a path forward and a strong need for disciplined implementation that could make the plan a reality.


The Situation

Revolution Advisors worked with the tribe to address a wide range of needs and goals. Through extensive outreach, analysis and use of technology our team provided two comprehensive guiding documents to inform community and government decisions and to guide specific actions that and initiatives that support community goals and values across the reservation. This work required expert facilitation and the ability to help diverse stakeholder groups from a different culture come to consensus on the path forward for their economic development. Our team led extensive data gathering through primary and secondary research, community and government interviews, mapping, and a host of other sources.


The Outcome

  • Development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
  • Development of an Integrated Resource Management Plan
  • Strategies to leverage relationships with external partners, such Department of Interior to maximize tribal benefits.
  • Identification of methods and tools to encourage community collaboration and decision-making.
  • New planning and management structures to manage sustainability and resilience in a much more integrated manner.
  • New governing structures and processes that maximized