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A Historic Moment For Thunder Valley: Making a Way for the Youth to Follow

By Eric Pourier, video, and Jason Stover, story

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As many of you know, Tanka Bar and Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. are partners in the Thunder Valley e-Tanke Cafe here at our headquarters in Kyle, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. As wonderful as our Tanka lines of products are, Thunder Valley's ideals are more lofty than simply serving coffee and a healthy lunch. Here is just a brief peek at the awesomeness that makes Thunder Valley truly about "Living Tanka!"

Recently, Thunder Valley CDC's Executive Director Nick Tilsen and land owner Todd O'Bryan were accompanied by Arleath & Associates' Matt Stevens in a survey of 85.6 acres of O'Bryan's land about a quarter of a mile north of Sharps Corner on the reservation.

Thunder Valley is hoping to purchase the land in order to create an Empowerment Center that will provide a youth shelter for at-risk youth, business offices that can act as an entrepreneur incubator, agricultural land for community gardens and a prototype for a locally controlled planned community on the reservation. Other plans are to place homes in the area, create a fitness center, skate board park, a community park and a baseball field.

"We are working for real goals," Tilsen said. "We are actually going to own a piece of property, and we are going to engage in community development here. This is an excellent plot to establish a community. The utilities can be set up with no trouble and the road is the second most-traveled road on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation."

This is the starting point for a future community that will provide homes for young families, and the youth shelter will be a safe place for at-risk children. This community will provide opportunities for youth to experience positive activities that can empower them. This is what the Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. is about, the well-being of our youth and making a way for them in this often hostile world.

Wopila for reading this story and watching the video.

For more on Thunder Valley: Thunder Valley CDC

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Guest on Thu Oct 15, 2009 13:54:20
good job nick ! evrything,all your plans,will be so awesome when finished ! :)

Peggy Clark on Tue Sep 8, 2009 23:26:6
Enjoyed the video! Had a great time! Best wishes on all your dreams and endeavors!!!!

Carl Meyer on Fri Sep 4, 2009 10:22:11
Awesome! Congratulations, can't wait to see things develop.