Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota
Thunder Valley CDC: Liberation through Language, Lifeways, and Spirituality | Pine Ridge
Tatewin Means & Kimberly Pelkofsky
In this interview, conducted on September 16, 2020, Tatewin Means, executive director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, and Kimberly Pelkofsky, the organization’s director of design and planning, discuss how their approach to environmental sustainability is rooted in Lakota spirituality and liberation.
Thunder Valley is located on Pine Ridge, an Oglala Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River were once part of the Great Sioux Nation, which was later reduced and divided into separate reservations with unique tribal governments.1Learn more about the history of the Lakota and the Great Sioux Nation. —Annie Coombs and Zoë Malliaros, The Lakota Nation and the Legacy of American Colonization editors