Example Uses of Collected Data

Governance and planning

  • Helped with economic development planning in support of the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), specifically for workforce training

  • Developed list of primary areas of concern for the Nation (i.e., housing, language preservation, economic development, etc.)

  • Supported the creation of a 10-year strategic plan for the Executive Branch of government

  • Created an “Actionable Data Specialist” position to facilitate data-driven tribal decision-making

  • Used data as a baseline in our work with the Federal 2020 Census planning process

  • Used financial needs and employment data to strengthen a community development grant through Wells Fargo

  • Reviewed and amended policies to ensure the application of veterans preference in program services and advocating for other tribal programs to consistently apply veterans preference to their services


  • Provided data for planning for flexible housing options based on collected demographic and income data

  • Updated community profile

  • Corrected existing Federal and other public data, especially with respect to seasonal residents and distortions caused by their demographics and income


  • Used housing resident needs data to obtain a ROSS (Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency) grant and hire new staff member

  • Used data on financial education and homeownership to strengthen application for Treasury NACA (Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America) grant (Native CDFI)

  • Carried out successful IHBG “census challenge” reducing anticipated annual funding losses by over $900,000

  • Used data on the need for housing rehabilitation and rentals to support request through the Economic Development Agency (EDA) for an assessment concerning development of a tribal housing manufacturing plant

  • Applied housing condition and needs-based data in new Healthy Homes program

  • Used significant housing needs identified to request and receive standing tribal allocation of gaming revenue to housing program (of $2.5 million per year for 5 years)

  • Targeted different types of veterans housing activities including transitional/supportive housing grants for veterans, as well as rehab/repair grants for current homeowners (through USDA $7,500 grant or 1% loan)

  • Were provided with a targeted “veterans only” homebuyer readiness curriculum that incorporates the NADL mortgage loan process and application

  • Considered developing a veteran homebuyer readiness cohort to create built-in support for potential new homeowners

  • Explored opportunities to develop matched savings programs (study showed the need for a subsidy for homeownership)


  • Applied for ANA SEDS grant (based on language, employment and other data)

  • Established bases for Youth Build program

  • Secured a grant for Social Services (Domestic Abuse Services Program)

  • Community priorities served as basis for CDC opioid overdose/addiction grant (as there was no inpatient service locally), and tribal AODA task force was created

  • Utilized member responses to prioritize land acquisition and economic development priorities within 10-county service area, including questions concerning entrance into new markets and member interest in working in Tribe-owned enterprises

  • Considered issues raised by younger veterans concerning ceremony upon return from service

  • Shared veteran data with other veterans service providers and South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition (SDNHC) members

  • Identified opportunities to connect veterans with local Native CDFI and others who can package mortgage lending products that work for veterans

  • Worked on curriculum for dealing with veterans housing issues (e.g., a veterans “fair” in which veterans, lenders, service providers and others were invited to address issue holistically)