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Land around Sioux Valley Dakota Nation

The people of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation (SVDN) feel a deep sense of responsibility to the land, the water, and the air. Taking on that responsibility and keeping these things clean goes to the heart of what it means to be Dakota. There is a sense of frustration that the community has not had a system for waste diversion and recycling before now. This plan intends to change that.

This is the plan for implementing a long-term, comprehensive community Waste & Recycling Program for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. Once implemented, this program will enable SVDN to manage and recycle all waste in a sustainable, cost-effective manner.

This plan includes an outline of the approach SVDN proposes to take, a listing of materials, equipment and people we will need, as well as a proposed timeline and costs so that we will be ready to implement that plan.

Recycling & Waste Management to Date

Currently there is no official recycling or organic waste diversion in Sioux Valley Dakota Nation (SVDN). Unofficially and for some time, individuals and some institutions have been diverting recyclables and taking them themselves to places that will accept recyclables.

Current Waste Management Facilities

The community landfill that is currently in use is near end-of-life. It has been in operation for approximately 10 years. There are two dumping locations at the landfill: one is for household, business, and institutional waste. The second is an area at the northern end of the site for construction waste and white goods. The source of the construction material is mostly from renovation activities of the band’s housing department. There are also three legacy dump sites and two illegal dump sites.

Waste Collection

Waste is collected according to a regular weekly schedule:

Monday: About 120 homes + 2 apartment buildings + 10 community businesses and institutions

Tuesday: About 70 homes + 10 community businesses and institutions

Wednesday: About 100 homes + 10 community businesses and institutions

Thursday: About 60 homes + 10 community businesses and institutions

Friday: 2 apartment buildings + 10 community businesses and institutions

The Plan


Area of FocusYear 1

(Engage & Prep)

Year 2

(Build & Start)

Year 3

(Deeper engage)

Year 4


1Engaging the communityReview & discuss Plan. Add details. Community & school presentations & meetingsReview & improve Plan annually
2Reducing and reusingDevelop school curriculumWork with Diner to change takeaway containersOpen swap “store”Review & improve
3StaffingChoose staff; begin operations; begin trainingContinue operations & training; supplement staff with Work Opportunity Program (WOP) participants & summer students; develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
4Managing external agreementsSecure agreements with PROsPrepare & ship materialsConsider MTSA with nearby WMFReview agreements
5Creating recycling & waste boxes and stationsBuild & distribute household boxesSet up Drop-off pointsRepair & replace community & household boxes, as needed
6Implementing waste management systemChoose and purchase equipment & suppliesBuild Transfer Station and Implement collection & waste managementBegin in-vessel compostingBuild Sorting Station
7Monitoring current and legacy waste sitesChoose monitoring companyTake & send samples for analysis annually