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 Reservation. It supports financial literacy, provides business and housing loans to the Native community, and has recently built an incubator to support local entrepreneurs.
In this interview, conducted on September 11, 2020, Lakota Vogel, Four Bands’ executive director, describes an economy predominantly supported by government jobs, lacking opportunities in other sectors. She offers a broad overview of the economic landscape of the reservation, which includes geographic isolation, lack of infrastructure, and ill-conceived planning for the outlying communities. —Annie Coombs and Zoë Malliaros, The Lakota Nation and the Legacy of American Colonization editors