MANDERSON, SD - In its efforts to create jobs in this district, the Wounded Knee Community Development Corporation’s Board of Directors have made a decision to start a wood milling company on land owned by the CDC near Manderson. The first product manufactured here would be solid, wood, burial caskets, which would be used here at Rosebud and Cheyenne River.

Charley Rooks, tribal member and long time Pine Ridge/Rapid City Funeral Director is a partner/Investor in the project and was key in designing the prototype casket. “I have long had a dream that we could be building our own high quality burial caskets here with our own labor force, creating real and permanent jobs on the reservation. “

The WKCDC is also working with partners like Summit Ridge Wood Design, Cortez, CO. Remember and Oglala Lakota WIA . Remember came and gutted one of the old school houses making way for remodeling it into a mill-shop. RE-Member Executive Director said, “It is new territory for us to help with projects that create real jobs here, and we are excited to help!”

The Board CEO hired a crew to strip, re-wire. re-insulate and put heat in the two buildings that were sitting here derelict. remodeling the two old buildings sitting on the CDC Campus is now complete. The CDC will build a third building for the finishing of wood products. We will hire 6 initial employees and have already interviewed over 50 applicants.

“Having a manufacturing plant here, that originated from within the reservation and has the potential to create jobs by making something used inside the reservation while building to an export stage, is making real history!” said Wounded Knee CEO Mark St. Pierre. WE are currently raising money for the start-up tools. If you would like to help create history, contact us at the number listed on the sight. Stay tuned or check the web site for updates

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