About us

The Rosebud Diabetes Prevention Program (RSTDPP) received initial funding in 1998 from the U.S. Congress under the Special Diabetes Program for Indian (SDPI) appropriation.

Each Federally recognized tribe received funding from the SDPI based on a formula incorporating user population and disease burden figures.  Tribes were permitted to design their own programs in an effort to identify intervention and prevention methods that would be culturally specific, effective, and novel.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe design broke new ground among tribes by prioritizing the development of an intervention strategy coupled with risk screening, focused primarily on CHILDREN!

Today, SDPI funding has been used to develop:

  • The RSTDPP wellness center on Soldier Creek road

  • A staff of fitness specialists

  • A medical evaluation and multi-disciplinary intervention strategy

And, has been busy facilitating both screening and intervention in children, as well as promoting healthy lifestyles among people of all ages at Rosebud.

Our Logo

Our logo was designed by Connie Brushbreaker and created by Andy Iron Shell. It carries intricate meaning in Lakota thought. All things in nature move in a circle; the seasons, life and death. The medical symbol and the interconnecting circles represent the coming together of the traditional and the western ways of healing.  The lizard signifies the male; the turtle signifies the female. Both represent long-life and good health.


To provide pre-diabetes, diabetes self management, and diabetes prevention education. The program provides a wellness center for physical activity education and exercise to all individuals on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.


Mission Statement:

“Our mission is to empower the people of the Rosebud reservation with the knowledge and skills necessary for self-care management to improve their quality of life, using what they learn through diabetes education and disease management strategies.”


  • To provide our clients with services that will impact their lives in a positive manner.

  • To enable our clients to take charge of their health through interactive education, self-management coaching, and empowerment.

  • To provide current evidence based education that is individualized and culturally appropriate four our clients in a environment conducive to learning.

  • To become an advocate of healthcare change to the Rosebud reservation and surrounding areas.

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© 2017 by RST DIABETES

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Diabetes Prevention Program
225 N. BIA 9 Soldier Ck Rd,

Rosebud, South Dakota 57570

Phone: (605) 747-4600

To join Diabetes Prevention Program, It is required to have a fitness assessment completed. You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes with a healthy lifestyle. Change your diet, exercise a bit more, and maintain a healthy weight, with these positive steps, you can reduce your risk of diabetes. 

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