The Keya Foundation - Join us on our journey!
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to check out our first Keya Foundation blog post. The Keya Foundation is comprised of a group of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to “building capacity within our communities” on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.
We are building that capacity through education, training, hands-on learning, local program development and community partnerships. The mission of the Keya Foundation is to build organizational partnerships in underserved communities to provide knowledge, cultural renewal and social health to individuals and families which will ensure a future of endurance, longevity and protection for the people of the community.
Our work is grant funded and currently we are working on projects that encourage the health and wellness of Cheyenne River and cultural traditions. We are promoting local Lakota artists from the Lakota Artistry Cooperative (LAC). We are also working with Missouri Breaks Industries Research Inc. on the 5th Annual Research Symposium, Researching, Restoring & Rebuilding Our Oyate for a Longer Life. The research symposium is coming up on April 24th and 25th. We are currently looking for sponsors for the event, if you know of anyone interested in helping sponsor this event please contact us here at the office 605-964-3418. We are located in the Missouri Breaks Industry Research, Inc. office on 118 S. Willow in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.
The Keya Foundation is working with Running Strong on two amazing Dreamstarter projects. An ongoing project is a Lakota Language Children's Book. The new Dreamstarter project is Oškáte Obláye Makȟóčhe Wazíyataŋhaŋ (Northern Plains Games) a company founded by Carl Petersen. The games will have cultural situations as well as Lakota Language translation. We will have more in depth posts regarding these projects in the near future.
We look forward to keeping you updated on what we have going on here at The Keya Foundation!