Veteran Service Corps

Promise, South Dakota


background information

Veteran Service Corps (VSC) formed out of the Veterans for Standing Rock movement that assembled on the Standing Rock Reservation in December, 2016. After defending US citizens’ constitutional and human rights in the face of the Dakota Access Pipeline, tribal leadership invited VSC to steward and restore a twenty nine acre property in Promise, South Dakota.

In partnership with the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation and the tribal veterans, VSC works to improve environmental, educational, social and health outcomes for communities in which veterans live. Forty seven percent of the total population of the Cheyenne River Reservation are veterans of the United States Armed Forces.



Sustainability In Practice

Footprint’s 3kW solar array with 10kWh LI storage, (power for refrigeration, lighting, HVAC, and comms with sleeping, cooking and work space) was deployed to support VSC’s community resilience and pipeline prevention efforts. The solar shelter will be used to power local events, train communities on renewable energy, and respond to environmental emergencies.