The Tribe operates a propane company and serves all residences within
the reservation, as well
as areas adjacent to the reservation. Unleaded and diesel gasoline are
available at the local gas
station. Fuel oil is
available from the nearest Fanners Union in Reliance,
The Lake Sharpe Reservoir serves as a virtually unlimited water source for the Lower Brule community. The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe's Rural Water System (RWSS) supplies clean water to the communities of Lower Brule and West Brule for both domestic and agricultural use. This system is a part of the Mni Wiconi Water Project, authorized to provide water for the Pine Ridge Reservation, Rosebud Reservation, Lower Brule Reservation and counties located in west central South Dakota.
The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, in coordination with the Indian Health Service, operates a solid waste collection and transfer facility. The Solid Waste Program gathers all solid waste from receptacles located throughout the reservation. All solid waste is disposed in approved landfill facilities in Pierre , South Dakota , and Pukwana , South Dakota.
SEWAGE DISPOSAL AND TREATMENT
The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, in coordination with the Indian Health Service, operates a sewage
disposal and treatment system for the towns of Lower Brule and West Brule. The major treatment for wastewater is evaporation and settling in evaporation and settling ponds in two lagoon areas; the system uses limited aeration.
Commercial airline, freight, and train services are available in Pierre , South Dakota . The town of Chamberlain provides the nearest landing strip and bus service. Truck service is available locally, and most retail businesses on the reservation receive service from suppliers in distributor-owned trucks. There are charter buses and limousines serving patrons of the Golden Buffalo Casino, and Greyhound Bus terminals are located in Chamberlain and Pierre. River City Transit runs a daily bus/van transportation service between Lower Brule and Pierre.
Local telephone service is furnished by the Golden West Telephone Company as well as various cell phone providers. Internet services are available through Golden West and the West Central Rural Electric Cooperative.
Lower Brule has an Elderly Center that provides an elderly nutrition program and other activities and a Teen Center that sponsors youth recreational activities. The Tribeís $5.8 million dollar Veteran's Memorial Community Center has a swimming pool, full-size basketball court, weight and exercise rooms and a large kitchen. The Golden Buffalo Casino operates a Convention Center that holds 120 people comfortably. A Horseman's Club sponsors several "Play Days" throughout the summer. The Tribe has a recreational area and boat launch at South Iron Nation and other informal beach areas and boat ramps along the shoreline of the Missouri River. †
The Lower Brule Education system consists of a Head-start Program, a K-5 elementary school, a 6-8 middle school, and a 9-12 High School. The Tribe also operates the Lower Brule Community College , accredited under Sinte Gleska University of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
In addition, the Tribe is involved in a Video-Cultural Program where students, teachers and elders document important cultural activities and histories.
The Tribe contracts with Indian Health Services to operate a Tribal Health Department that oversees the tribal ambulance services and employs Community Health Representatives. The Tribal Health Department provides examinations and eyeglasses to tribal members at reduced costs as well as coordinating health delivery services.
The Lower Brule IHS Service Unit operates a dental clinic, medical clinic and conducts several outreach programs, which provide services to the Members of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe on a regular basis, and to anyone in an emergency.
Full service hospital facilities are available in the neighboring communities of Chamberlain and Pierre.