Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors address the community problem of broken or lack of relationships, and lack of respect between the Native and non-Native communities. Through initiatives developed by our Ambassadors, we’ve seen improved relations with law enforcement, health care, youth, and greater participation in activities around Native culture. We are weaving our community together.

Over the past few years, the Ambassadors developed plans to address issues our community faces in the Black Hills region. MOA work provides opportunities to discover commonalities and sets a positive, productive tone for hard conversations, and to celebrate who we are as a culturally rich community. We are the Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors, the “Rapid City Circle of Friends.”

In this section, you’ll find current issues MOA is addressing, thoughts from the Ambassadors, and news in the Black Hills region.