The Keya Foundation

Helping Others Help Themselves

Who We Serve

The Land

The Keya Foundation is located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in North Central South Dakota.  This beautiful Reservation consists of 5400 square miles of rolling prairies and breaks along the Little Moreau River and Missouri River.  It has 19 villages and communities situated across Dewey and Ziebach County, SD.

The Keya Foundation is centrally located for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal populations to serve the needs of the people on the reservation.  Indian Health Service (I.H.S.) is the only hospital on the reservation, and is located in Eagle Butte, the “hub” of the reservation.  There area four rural Tribal Health Clinics and four additional private clinics that serve the reservation, with providers who all have varying schedules. Many families must travel 2-3 hours for any specialized medical care.


The People

The Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation is comprised of just over 8,000 people of which over 6,000 are enrolled members of the Tribe, living in the approximately the same square area as the state of Connecticut (which has a population of over 3,590,000)*.  The Native American population is comprised of four bands of the Great Sioux Nation; the Mnicoujou, the Siha Sapa, the Oohe Numpa and the Itazipco.  Tribal enrollment totals 18,812 people, of which the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe estimates that 8,000 live on the reservation**.  You will note the difference in the figures from the Tribal Enrollment Office and the U.S. Census data.  In historic data the Native American population has been under-counted by the U.S. Census data.  This is due in part to the non-participation in the Census of some of the Native American population.

Population per square mile for Dewey County is 2.59, and for Ziebach County is 1.28*.

Over 30 percent of these people are under the age of 14 years old, and a mere 33% of the total population have a high school degree, and only 19% have went on to complete a post-high school degree.  The median family income is right around $22,000 which is below the National Poverty Level.  Per Capita Personal Income in Dewey County is $9,251 and for Ziebach County is $7,463. Ziebach County is the poorest County in the nation and Dewey County is the 11th poorest according to the 2010 Census*.

*These statistics are from the 2010 United States Census.
**Enrollment office official information October 2013 (Anderson, 2013).



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