Community Innovation Teams

We have created five Community Innovation Teams (CIT) focused on the areas of most importance to the group: Healing & Transformation, Mitakuye Oyasin (Community Unity), Wolakol-Kiciyapi (focused on oneness and working together), and Technology. These teams are led by volunteers and meet regularly between conversations. If you'd like to join a group, check the calendar for their next upcoming meeting or send us a message via the contact form and express which group your would like to join!

Mitakuye Oyasin

Working to spread the concept in Rapid City that we are related, that all humans, animals, plants, earth, and sky share this universe. Working to increase cultural understanding and shared community experiences between the two primary races of people in Rapid City.

Healing & Transformation

Working toward the healing and transformation of a long divided community, dedicated to creating a atmosphere that reflects our shared values of inclusion, mutual respect, and humanity.


Working to keep our Rapid City Community Conversation participants, teams and leaders connected, informed and engaged through the web, email, and social media.


Wolakol-Kiciyapi (focused on oneness and working together) will form focus groups every other month to discussed issues related to racism and discrimination for educational purposes with respect for each other, to listen and learn. Please come with an open heart, mind and respectful attitude.


Diverse dialogue, combined with a shared vision for a better future, produced the Community Innovation Teams. Each has citizen leaders practicing the process of facilitation that leads to tangible results. We are developing leadership skills and political knowledge through discussion of public policies and social concerns raised during the conversations. The Host Planning Team coordinates with these leaders, supports their objectives, and fosters their effectiveness. Collectively, we are charting our future course.


The teams have selected their own leaders and determined their projects.  These range from a Mitakuye Oyasin (“all my relations”) logo design competition for art students from Rapid City’s three public high schools; intensive outreach to encourage non-native community members to participate in the Black Hills Powwow; monitoring the work of a county committee working to reduce incarceration rates; a citywide non-discrimination pledge campaign for individuals, businesses, and public institutions.