In this interview, conducted on September 9, 2020, Sharon Vogel, executive director of the Cheyenne River Housing Authority (CRHA), discusses the need for investment in infrastructure to support development and explains how the recent water moratorium affected the growth of housing and economic development on the reservation.
Established in 1963, CHRA is the tribally designated housing entity for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. It currently manages 735 rental units and 152 Mutual Help1The Mutual Help program allows Indian housing authorities (IHAs) to help low-income families purchase a home. Each family makes a monthly payment based on 15 to 30 percent of its adjusted income. Payments are credited to an equity account that is used to purchase the home. units, and continues to build on its successful record of developing affordable housing by designing and financing homeownership opportunities for eligible families. —Annie Coombs and Zoë Malliaros, The Lakota Nation and the Legacy of American Colonization editors