The students will build the first four homes on this site, located on the OLC campus in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota, home to an estimated 40,000 members of the Oglala Sioux tribe, is one of the poorest areas in the country. The unemployment rate is well above 80 percent, and an astonishing 97 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty line. Many of the houses on the reservation are considered substandard and lack basic water and sewage systems, electricity, and central heating. Plus, there’s an overall housing shortage, with more than 4,000 new dwellings needed to address widespread homelessness.