The Host Team wishes to recognize the following organizations who have contributed to the success of the community conversation.  Each gathering has been a production in and of itself, and without the following organizations, they never would have happened.  Thank you so much for the commitment, we hope to continue to develop our network of supporters and develop long term partnerships dedicated to a successful community for all citizens. 

Rural America Initiatives (RAI) serves Rapid City, South Dakota, the major Indian population center in the region. We are the city's longest operating Native, private, non-profit 501 ( c ) 3 community organization. It was founded in 1986 to partner with at-risk and low-income Native American families to strengthen the development of healthy, sober, self-sufficient lifestyles. Our mission is to partner with the whole family to help American Indian children and youth acquire tools to thrive in the contemporary environment and to support Native cultural values. Our goal is to develop a new society of Indian men and women, "Ikce wicasa(Common Man)  na winyan" (and Woman) who work within the community to strengthen families by practicing the values of respect, honesty, language, generosity and courage.

The Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) has enjoyed 40 years of wonderful athletics in the bright spirit of good will and comaraderie -  hallmark characteristics of the LNI phenomenon for almost four decades. And it will continue to actualize these same positive intentions, with particular focus on Native youth, for years to come.

Established in 1986, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) is an organization representing the 18 tribal communities in the four-state region of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Through public health practices and the formation of tribal partnerships, we work to improve the health of the American Indian peoples we serve by providing public health support and health care advocacy.

The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of businesses and professional leaders dedicated to promoting a strong business climate in the Black Hills and enhancing the quality of life for members.

For over a century, schools relied on textbooks and lectures as primary tools of education. By the 1990s, however, these tools were not enough. Innovative new methods of teaching and learning were needed. In 1994, the Rapid City Public School Foundation was formed to seek public and private donations to stimulate creative and new methods for education and to expand what can be accomplished with education tax dollars.