The Rosebud Economic Development Corporation’s (REDCO) Rosebud Construction broke ground June 12 for the renovation of the Rosebud powwow grounds.
Rosebud Construction will be working with Sicangu Nation Employment Training Program (SNETP) to provide on-the-job training and mentorship to SNETP employees. The renovation will replace the existing arbor and press box in time for the 2018 Rosebud Fair.
Rosebud powwow grounds are over fifty years old and require yearly maintenance. The joint project with Rosebud Construction and SNETP will utilize modern materials and reduce facility upkeep. William Kindle, president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe said, “This partnership is about strengthening our community and creating jobs. When tribal programs collaborate, our people prosper.”
The mentorship program allows SNETP employees to gain field experience while learning new skills. Lauri Bordeaux, Director of SNETP said, “I would like to thank everyone including the RST Council for entrusting the SNETP as well as our collaborating partners REDCO Construction Group. We hope to give the members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe a pow wow and rodeo arena that is beautiful and large enough to accommodate our annual event and that we will be proud of and take care of for years to come”.
Improvements to the rodeo grounds, which will include a new announcer stand, rodeo grandstand, and shelter are scheduled to be complete in Fall 2018.