Tribal Ventures launches Voices research project
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures is launching a reservation wide research project called, “Cheyenne River Voices,” this week. This community research project’s purpose is to understand the community and economic development priorities for the reservation residents (both native and non-native). “The Voices Research project is made up of two reservation wide surveys that are designed, conducted, reported and disseminated by us and for us,” stated Eileen Briggs, Tribal Ventures Executive Director. The surveys will target households, businesses, government and non-government organizations. This research is being carried out using established research methodology and will be independently verifiable. The results will give a better picture of how things really are for families and communities across the reservation.
Briggs went on say, “Data drives many of the decisions that impact our families and communities on the reservation. Much of this data is from the US Census; which, unfortunately, doesn’t accurately represent our reservation communities and families. It is rare in Indian Country, let alone on our own reservation, to have the opportunity and resources to do such a comprehensive household/reservation-wide project.” The Voices Research is part of the overall evaluation of Tribal Ventures (a reservation- wide ten-year povertyreduction plan currently in the sixth year of implementation). The intent is to conduct the survey again in 2014 and 2016 to have comparable data.
“Our goal is to survey 1000 reservation families during June and July,” stated Briggs. “Homes will be randomly chosen with as many as up to five families being surveyed one home.” The survey is estimated to take approximately an hour to complete and each family will be compensated twenty dollars for their time. All researchwill be confidential. Voices Research Associates have been hired to conduct the surveys. The Research Associates are Shane Bruguier, Matthew Vogel, Deanna Gomez, Tully O’Leary, Alvina Hump, Kirbee Burgee and Desiree Gray. Dr. Kathleen Sherman of Colorado State University is the Principal Investigatorwith Al Nygaard, ANC Consultants serving as Research Coordinator.
In December 2012, Tribal Ventures will produce a written summary report of the researchfindings. The Cheyenne River Voices Research Report will be available to all tribal departments, entities and reservation organizations to aid in planning and strategic thinking. This research has the potential to make significantimpacts and aid in leveraging resources to make life better for Cheyenne River.
“We can’t change what we don’t know. Tribal Ventures is excited to be leading this exciting project with support from our partners,” Briggs concluded. For additional information you may access the Tribal Ventures website www.crtribalventures.org. You may also call Tribal Ventures at 605.964.2016 or email tribalventures@lakotanetwork