Rural Matters Issue 3

Grading of the Red Shirt Landfill cell during construction.

One Promise Zone Turns Trash Into a Treasured Solution Solid waste successes in South Dakota. LeAnn Kerzman, Regional Field Manager for South Dakota and Wyoming, Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) T he Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is in southwestern South Dakota and consists of 3,468.86 square miles of land area, which makes it one of the largest in new Promise Zones. These zones are high-poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health, and address other community-identified priorities. In 2015, the director of the OST Solid Waste

the United States. The reservation encompasses the entirety of Oglala Lakota County, the southern half of Jackson County, and the northwest portion of Bennett County (Oglala Sioux Nation, 2012). Of the 3,142 counties in the United States, these are among the poorest. In April 2015, the Obama administration designated the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe one of eight

program (OST SW), Robert Pille, worked with Indian Health Services (IHS) and Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) to develop a preliminary engineering report to address the lack of capacity within the existing landfill. MAP Technical Assistance Provider LeAnn Kerzman helped them complete a funding application to receive

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