Rosebud Sioux Tribe Ojinjinkta Wanji (“One Rosebud”) Project

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Ojinjinkta Wanji (“One Rosebud”) Project



Rosebud Sioux Tribe; Sicangu Wicoti Awanyakapi (SWA) Corporation

Project Location:
Rosebud, South Dakota

Project Time Frame:
2012 - Present


  • Housing Unit Mapping

  • Housing Unit Condition Assessment

  • Household Survey

  • Analysis of Newly Collected Data

  • Needs Assessment

  • GIS Capacity Building

  • Clearinghouse Development

Areas of Focus:

  • Child and Elder Care

  • Demographics

  • Economic Development

  • Education

  • Employment

  • Health

  • Housing

  • Income and Finances

Project Description

Data Integration. Big Water Consulting worked with Sicangu Wicoti Awanyakapi (SWA) Corporation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe on a project named “Ojinjinkta Wanji” (One Rosebud) whose purpose was to integrate the information collected by the Tribe’s many programs into a single tribal data clearinghouse. This data clearinghouse enables all programs to draw from the complete set of tribal information when making planning and management decisions and serves to decrease the tribe's dependency on inaccurate federal and other externally collected data.

Needs Assessment. Beginning in 2013, Big Water Consulting has worked with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and SWA on the design and implementation of a tribal field data collection program. The Rosebud Needs Assessment conducted in 2018 represents the second cycle of door-to-door data collection involving a random sample of households within the Tribe’s reservation and off-reservation trust lands, following the Dakota Housing Needs Assessment Pilot Project (Dakota Pilot Project) in 2013. Household surveys were completed by occupants of 555 randomly selected residences, reflecting a response rate of 83.1%. Information describing 2,297 Rosebud residents was collected. This latest data collection cycle allows the Tribe to begin to longitudinally analyze its data to examine trends concerning a variety of topics including housing, education, employment and economic development, health care, family, childcare, transportation, language and culture. The data collected will be used to promote collaborative strategic planning processes involving multiple tribal departments and Sinte Gleska University.

Additionally, in order to prevent significant anticipated losses of tribal housing funding, a portion of the data set was submitted to HUD as a “census challenge” in order to challenge and replace the Census data currently used to determine the Tribe’s Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) formula allocation for Fiscal Year 2020 and beyond. The data is currently being reviewed by HUD.

GIS Training. Big Water Consulting is providing GIS training and technical assistance to SWA for the purpose of setting up SWA’s in-house GIS program and training its GIS Technician to integrate GIS into SWA’s planning and management activities. This enables SWA Corporation to actively manage, update and utilize the data collected through the Rosebud Needs Assessment project in addition to data produced by its ongoing housing assessment and feature mapping activities and data collected by other tribal programs.


Sample Deliverables

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