Over the history of Rapid City Community Conversations these organizations have become critical to the our success.  We are excited to continue our efforts to create a community that shares our values with such amazing institutional partners. 

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Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies.

Barbara Schneider Foundation is busy working with its partners in law enforcement, courts, corrections, mental health, social service and health care systems to improve the response to those in mental health crisis and to prevent mental health crises. The Foundation formed in response to the death of Barbara Schneider on June 12, 2000, when she was shot by police during a confrontation in a mental health crisis call.


Western South Dakota Community Action Agency (WSDCAA) was incorporated in 1965 as 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for the purpose of conducting the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity’s War on Poverty in Rapid City, SD. The agency soon expanded to serve all of Pennington County, and since then has incorporated an additional 14 counties, including Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins and Ziebach, all in the western half of the state, into its service area. Members of the low-income, government and civic sectors from each of these counties are represented on the Agency Board of Directors. In addition, staff collaborate with the Oglala Sioux Tribe, which provides community-based services to persons in Shannon County.

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.

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Recovery Communities of South Dakota’s (RCOSD) mission is to create, illuminate and support  a culture of trauma/addiction recovery and holistic wellness through advocacy, education, and support. They define recovery as: a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

I. Am. Legacy. (Indigenous American Legacy) is a community organization based in Rapid City, South Dakota, aimed at empowering the people through identity and culture. We are a center fr understanding, belonging and healing. They are committed to the mobilization of Indigenous youth with the goals of taking a proactive approach to governing our own destinies while engaging in discussion and direct action in addressing systemic and justice system disparities on a local, state and tribal level.

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Collective Impact is a community-supported initiative with long-term commitment to a common agenda for solving complex social problems. Actions are supported by a shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, and ongoing communication, and the program is staffed by an independent backbone organization.

Rapid City Collective Impact (RCCI) will catalyze and harness the talent, skill, and perspective of grass roots citizens, businesses, non-profits, and government officials. Creating collaborative ways where everyone contributes together, building a more caring community.

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.


Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors address the community problem of broken or lack of relationships, and lack of respect between the Native and non-Native communities. Through initiatives developed by our Ambassadors, we’ve seen improved relations with law enforcement, health care, youth, and greater participation in activities around Native culture. We are weaving our community together.

Over the past few years, the Ambassadors developed plans to address issues our community faces in the Black Hills region. MOA work provides opportunities to discover commonalities and sets a positive, productive tone for hard conversations, and to celebrate who we are as a culturally rich community. We are the Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors, the “Rapid City Circle of Friends.”