Built Capital: Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota

Built capital can be defined as “the permanent physical installations and facilities supporting productive activities in a community” (Flora & Flora). Built capital is of the most important capitals that need improvement in Oglala Lakota County. According to the US Census, almost 30% of people in this community live in mobile homes or homes of equivalent size and value (US Census). Most real houses are homes to two or more families that share one unit structure. Due to heavy unemployment rates, residents of Sioux Lakota community are unable to support themselves alone.

In addition to lack of homes, there is also a severe problem with the structural safety of most of these homes. 36% of homes in Oglala Lakota County were built between 1960 and 1980 (US Census). Now some homes, when built properly and maintained well, can still be in good condition 50+ years after being built, but unfortunately this is not the case in this community. On top of that, only about 20% of these residents have electricity and 66% rely on a gas tank alone.

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Fortunately, many programs and organizations are trying to rebuild and provide more affordable access to homes. One in particular, Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing, has many projects on there way right now in order to improve the built capital in this county. A project they are currently undertaking, called Title VI Housing Development, has the goal of building five homes in each of the counties in the Pine Ridge Reservation, including Oglala Lakota County (Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing). Their mission statement is “to obtain and maintain housing for the people of the Pine Ridge Reservation and assist with improvement of health, safety, and economic prosperity” (Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing).

References

American Factfinder US Census-

Data Access and Dissemination Systems (DADS). (n.d.). American FactFinder. Retrieved December 06, 2016, from http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml

Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing-

Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing. (n.d.). Retrieved December 06, 2016, from http://oslh.org/

Class Slides from 11/28/16 (Flora and Flora)-

https://bb.uvm.edu/webapps/blackboard/execute/content/file?cmd=view&content_id=_2053181_1&course_id=_98954_1