The Community of Greenwood is located on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation in the southeast part of South Dakota. Greenwood is the first home of the Ihanktonwan people within the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation. The federal government recognizes us as the Yankton Sioux Tribe . The community of Greenwood lies along the beautiful banks of the Missouri River. It has been home to the Yankton Sioux, since they were placed there in the 1800ís by the U.S. Government. About 30 years ago, it began to dwindle due to relocation of homes to the Marty, SD area, which is still in existence today. Greenwood Community nonprofit organization is organized to assist in the growth of the community and the provide charity to the residents in various forms. The Yankton Sioux Tribal headquarters has also been relocated to Wagner, SD, a good 15 miles east Marty, SD after a flood condemned the tribal headquarters building in the summer of 2011.
Our goals are as follows:
To enrich and develop the community by providing a space for facilitating community events.
Providing advocacy and support to assist low-income elders in finding affordable green housing.
To provide a central meeting place for community members to engage in family and cultural specific activities.
To improve the economy of the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation for all tribal members.
To create itself as a self-sustaining charity organization by creating businesses that will fund Greenwood Community nonprofit organization.
We plan on expanding our goals to helping Native American people in education, whether that involves starting a school or providing scholarships.
We want to help Native Americans achieve balance in every aspect of their life: spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally (we define "balance" as walking the thin line between the extremes of having too much and having too little (or none at all). As individuals that first begins with recognizing there is a problem with the willingness to fix it. We recognize there are many issues within Indian Country that require attention. Long ago, we began needing to be proactive and start solving these problems ourselves. This is what Greenwood Community nonprofit is about.
We opted to not charter the organization through the Yankton Sioux Tribe due to destructive politics.