Tribes – Success Stories

Success Stories

South Dakota American Indian Traditional Tobacco (ċanśaśa) Toolkit

The toolkits were created due to the lack of education between traditional and commercial tobacco across South Dakota. Continued use of the toolkits not only provides education, but also opens communication between tribal and non-tribal partners working in tobacco control.Read more

Bringing Back Traditional Native American Games

Traditional Native American games may be a good option to reduce obesity rates, chronic disease, and health care costs in some South Dakota communities. Promoting mental, physical, social, and spiritual health, the games offer a way for Native American youth, adults, and elders to find restored cultural identity. Traditional games are a practical physical activity option as they are sustainable, cost-effective, not seasonal in nature, and also have the possibility to provide healing to communities that struggle with racial divides.Read more

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe: the First Reservation in South Dakota to Become Smoke-free in All Indoor Public Places

The 2015 Smoke-Free Air Act was passed by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in April 2015. It took effect for all businesses and individuals on the Cheyenne River Reservation on May 1, 2015. It prohibits smoking and e-cigarettes in all enclosed public buildings including restaurants, bars and the bingo hall. The ban also prohibits smoking within 50 feet of entrances to public buildings.Read more

Commercial Tobacco Policy Promotes Health in Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation Parks

The Cheyenne River Housing Authority enacted a policy to ban commercial tobacco products including smokeless tobacco from the 24 Project Play playground sites across the Cheyenne River Reservation.Read more

Dentists Who Make House Calls

The Department of Health supported the Delta Dental mobile dental van program. The program began in 2004 with one mobile dental van but expanded to 2 when it became obvious the need for dental care was so extensive. The program serves patients statewide including under-served American Indians in 26 reservation communities.