EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. - With the blueprint of the future Elderly Village in the
forefront, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Elderly Village kicked off
June 29, with an estimated 60 attendees. The village will be located in
southwest Eagle Butte.
"With the efforts of the Shakopee Tribe, we are able to accomplish the
development of the Elderly Village," said Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal
Chairman Harold Frazier. He thanked the Shakopee Tribe of Minnesota for
their contribution and involvement. "The Shakopee Tribe has helped CRST by
generously giving us a grant for $1 million and a $3 million loan towards
Frazier said, "there were many people to thank, since the Cheyenne River
Sioux Tribe has been working toward a nursing home since 1974." Doneen
Hollingsworth, South Dakota Secretary of Health, said, "This will be the
first state-licensed, federally certified nursing facility on an Indian
The purpose of the village is to help provide housing for elderly and bring
economic growth to Cheyenne River. "We are excited for this project to be
completed so we can provide a safe and healthy way of living for our
elders. The facility is primarily for elderly tribal members, but this will
be an open facility, not just for Indians but for everybody!" said Frazier.
The Elderly Village will provide about 60 jobs and has a target opening
date of July 2006.