Published June 25
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – Tribal economic development in Indian Country comes in different ways. Coming soon to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation will be 7th Generation Cinemas that will bring jobs to a reservation very much in need of employment opportunities.
“This movie theatre will provide employment opportunities to a reservation that experiences an annual unemployment rate of 80 percent or more, so every new job created is one step in the right direction,” stated Chairman Harold Frazier, tribal chairman, Cheyenne River Souix Tribe.
The project to construct the 7th Generation cinema came about as the tribal council recognized the need to address social challenges of the Cheyenne River Reservation, according to Chairman Fraizer.
Chairman Fraizer, Tribal Treasurer Benita Clark and Tribal Secretary EvAnn White Feather visited final construction stages of the 7th Generation Cinemas in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.
Rodney Cockeram is a Project Manager for Scull Construction Services and is excited to see the project completed. “I plan on buying tickets for the opening day!” stated Cockeram.
The 7th Generation Cinema will begin operation once staff in place and arrangements made to have movies shown.
“I look forward to the theater being up and running. I would like to see some films showcasing local actors and subjects,” Chairman Harold Frazier remarked .
Actual construction of the movie theater should be complete in the next couple of weeks.
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