Building stronger Native communities through data

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures

In 2006, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe launched the Tribal Ventures Poverty Reduction Plan, a multifaceted effort to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in north central South Dakota, where median annual family income sits just north of $18,000.

To track progress against the plan’s 12 different programs, a tribally sponsored organization called Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures conceived of and carried out a data-collection initiative across the reservation. The project, called the Cheyenne River Tribal Ventures Voices Research Project (Voices Survey), gathered information from 819 families—or between 15 percent and 20 percent of the reservation’s estimated 10,500 residents—on a broad range of economic, social, and educational indicators. It was the largest, most comprehensive tribally led survey ever conducted on a reservation in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.

Community Dividend recently spoke with Eileen Briggs, executive director of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures and co-principal investigator of the Voices Survey, to learn more about the data-collection effort and how its results might help shape the tribe’s future. Read full article

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Data Tiguanomics

The term "Tiguanomics" was derived from the Pueblo's efforts to transform into a data-driven nation through the enhancement of data collection and statistical analysis to promote informed decision making and improve tribal governance, programs and services. YDSP data collection activities are intended to support the Pueblo Community and promote its economic development by updating and maintaining information that is valid, reliable and current; and that over time enables the user to observe long-term changes and to forecast the future needs of the Pueblo. Tiguanomics will empower the Pueblo to increase quality of life, strengthen sovereignty, promote self-determination and safeguard cultural preservation. YDSP data collection activities are centered on social and economic concerns, targeted populations and program improvement projects. Read more