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The Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, of Porcupine, has been awarded $500,000.

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A corporation on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota has been awarded a 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation.

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of Porcupine has been awarded $500,000. The corporation is among seven groups in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota whose awards were announced Tuesday by the St. Paul-based Bush Foundation.

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The Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation has created a home-ownership program and is constructing a 34-acre community with energy efficient and affordable homes, business incubator spaces, sustainable food production, and a healthy and supportive environment for youth, families and the elderly on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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