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Our Mission Statement:
To promote business prosperity and a healthy community by providing information, services and advocacy for its members.

Our History

The Yankton Sioux Tribe continues to preserve and aggressively promote a strong economy and quality of life for the overall well-being of Yankton Sioux Reservation located in southeastern South Dakota, encompassing the eastern two-thirds of Charles-Mix county and is bordered on the south and west by the Missouri River. The reservation consists of 430,504 acres of gently rolling land with few significant hills or plateaus. Most of the land is used for farming and as pasture lands, the majority of farm and pasture lands are leased to non-members. The Missouri River and the land surrounding it are largely untapped resources for the YST, although some irrigation of tribal farmland has taken place.

The cities and communities that are on or near the  Yankton Sioux reservation are the City of Wagner, City of Lake Andes, City of Pickstown, White Swan Community, Marty, Dante, Greenwood and Choteau Creek. 


The Yankton Sioux Tribe has launched the CodeRED emergency notification program to keep Tribal members informed on the lastest COVID-19 issues.  To sign up go to and click on the CodeRED logo.  #MaskUp#StayWell


Type YSTRIBE to 99411 to enroll in CodeRED for emergency alerts from YST.

To download the mobile app:

Use google play or the app store and type CodeRED. If you have any troubles registering please contact task force at 384-5683(KOVD).

Covid 19


Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments April 22, 2020.


The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to recipients of the funding available under section 601(a) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (the “Fund”) and appropriated $150 billion to the Fund. Under the CARES Act, the Fund is to be used to make payments for specified uses to States and certain local governments; the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories (consisting of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands); and Tribal governments. The CARES Act provides that payments from the Fund may only be used to cover costs that— 1. are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19); 2. were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and 3. were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.1 The guidance that follows sets forth the Department of the Treasury’s interpretation of these limitations on the permissible use of Fund payments.


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Want to buy a new home? Interested in being a homeowner? Find resources to repair your home? 

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Housing Needs 

Home Ownership STUDY

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Planning and District III services and Center for Indian Country Development Resources below:


Explore key demographics and economic indicators for the Ihanktonwan Nation.

For more information about the data underlying the tables and figures in each profile, see About the Data.

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The Yankton Sioux Tribe collaborates with Planning and Development District III out of Yankton, South Dakota on a variety of professional services that include technical assistance, potential grant opportunities and future economic development projects. 

Planning and Development District III is a voluntary association of county, municipal and Tribal governments. Its mission is to provide comprehensive development assistance to its membership and the private sector. The district offers a full range of services that help the region maintain public services and expand economic opportunities. The association is governed by a committee of elected officials, non-profit organization representatives and business interests. The district employs a professional staff with extensive experience in a variety of development and technical fields. For more information
Call: 1-800-952-3562 (SD Only) or 605-665-4408
Fax: 605-665-0303

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Native Home ownership

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Infrastrucure Development

  • Adoption of Commercial Codes

  • Ihanktonwan Development Fund, LLC. (CDFI)

  • Incubator for Cultural and Micro-businesses

  • Conduct entrepreneurial workshop

Food Distribution Building

  • House USDA program

  • Title VI Program

  • Commercial Kitchen

  • Elderly program

Home Ownership Development

  • Creation of Home ownership program

  • Housing needs study

  • Financial literacy courses

  • Credit re-builder courses

Agriculture / Farming

  • Community Gardens

  • High Tunnel project

  • Beginning Farmer Program

  • Farm to School Program

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The YST received a Technical Assistance Grant to create a Native CDFI Financial Institution through the Department of Treasury.


The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) plays an important role in generating economic growth and opportunity in some of our nation’s most distressed communities. By offering tailored resources and innovative programs that invest federal dollars alongside private sector capital, the CDFI Fund serves mission-driven financial institutions that take a market-based approach to supporting economically disadvantaged communities. These mission-driven organizations are encouraged to apply for CDFI Certification and participate in CDFI Fund programs that inject new sources of capital into neighborhoods that lack access to financing.

This program will offer such service to meet the needs of affordable housings loans as well as home buyer training & financial education to members living on or near the Yankton Sioux Reservation. 

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Ihanktonwan Development Fund, LLC.

A General Council has been scheduled to approve this business structure and By-laws. We look forward to this great opportunity for the surrounding communities. Thank you for your support!

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View the slideshow to learn more about the 

Ihanktonwan Fund, LLC.


Ihanktonwan Development, LLC. Timeline and additional information

Ihanktonwan Development Fund, LLC.

Grant overview - Timeline*Purpose of Grant*

*Articles of Organization*

Ihanktonwan Development Fund, LLC., will be a organized under the Yankton Sioux Tribe limited liability code. This will operate as a non-profit with its own Board of Directors. Click on arrows to learn more.

YST Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

2022 CEDS Goals

5-Year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan

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800 Main Ave South
Wagner, Charles Mix County 57380

605-384-3641 ext.1011

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