The Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud serves the youth of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
The Rosebud Sioux Reservation is located in south central South Dakota and borders the Pine Ridge Reservation on its northwest corner and the State of Nebraska border to the south. It is the home of the federally recognized Sicangu Oyate - also known as Sicangu Lakota, and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a branch of the Lakota people.
In the 1880's, the Tribes of the Great Sioux Nation signed treaties with the United States establishing the boundaries of the Tribes and recognized their rights as a sovereign government. The Sioux Tribes consist of the Seven Original Council Fires, one of which is known as the Lakota. The Sicangu (Rosebud) people are from that Council Fire. The Sicangu people were moved five times before the Rosebud agency was finally established.
The Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) have the status of a sovereign nation which gives them the right to elect their own officials, regulate their own territory, manage tribal affairs, and create and enforce their own tribal laws.
Growing up in Rosebud presents a variety of challenges. The youth here on the reservation face some of the highest poverty rates in the nation. Unemployment hovers around 80%. Even young club members are aware of the harsh realities of our extremely high teen suicide, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, gang involvement and Type II Diabetes statistics. The economic and social issues on the reservation reflect a great need for positive role models and high yield programming for our youth.
At the Boys and Girls Club, we are focused on changing the statistical narrative of the reservation by positively impacting the youth of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. We do this by providing both positive mentors and culturally relevant, enriching after school and summertime programs. Our programming addresses the challenges that club members will face as they move into their teen years and beyond. We work relentlessly to provide a club experience that will enable youth to succeed academically, develop strong character and citizenship traits, and lead healthy lives.
We believe that our organization empowers youth to be the future leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.