Rural America Initiatives (RAI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit social services agency targeting low-income Native American families.
Started in 1986, we are the largest, non-profit, continuously operating Native American organization in Rapid City.
We serve our families through programs for children from pre-natal through high school, and employ over 100 full time staff; eighty-five percent are Native American.
All of our Activities:
...are alcohol and chemical dependence free (all activities/all staff)
...provide role models demonstrating success for Native families
...strive to support the Seven Lakota Values:
Generosity (Wacante Ognake)
Service "helps the last one"(Wawoihakikte)
RAI Strategic Planning board retreat.
We are governed by a seven member, all Native Board of Directors.
Our Current Board of Directors:
Carol Marshall-Coon, Chairperson, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
Home Health Care Provider
Larry Prairie Chicken, Vice-chairperson, Oglala Sioux Tribe
Rehabilitation Aftercare Specialist, Sioux San Hospital
Sharon No Heart, Treasurer, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Ancestors' Art of the Black Hills, Owner
Jacquie Arpan, Secretary, Oglala Sioux Tribe
Community Health Education, Sioux San Hospital
Kati Pechota, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Teacher-Wilson Elementary, Rapid City Area Schools
Denice Murphy, Member, Three Affiliated Tribes of ND
Indian Child Welfare Expert
Charles Durrell Robertson Jr., Member, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Attorney
Bruce Long Fox, Rural America Initiatives