Tribal projects are projects that we take great pride in here at Encompass Architects. Designing project centered on community and imagery meaningful to you is our biggest goal. We listen, listen, and listen some more until we are sure we fully understand the wants and needs of the community and the project. We have worked on tribal project types ranging from schools to governance center and cultural centers. We have over 20 year of employee experience working with tribal governments.

Let us show you how we can enhance your community's character and value.

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Lakota Dream Museum and Monument

Kyle, SD

The Lakota Dream Museum is designed as a place for the youth culture of indigenous peoples to pursue their dreams. The vision for the project is to become a community center that provides the resources for young people to strive to improve their future. Encompass Architects provided initial schematic design for the project and it is currently in fundraising.

The museum will be located near the Black Hills south of Rapid City, South Dakota. The program for the museum includes 18,000 SF of space to honor and celebrate heritage, community, and youth creativity. The program includes classrooms, meeting and event rooms, an interpretive center with space for curated exhibits, and an outdoor amphitheater for cultural celebrations.


Lakota Arts & Business Incubator

Kyle, SD

Description Coming Soon.


Sinte Gleska University - Student Union 

Mission, SD

Encompass architects provided architecture and engineering services for this project which consists of a 4,000 SF addition to the existing Student Services Building which Encompass designed previously. Also part of the project was a new 8,000 SF student Union. The Union includes dining services and food services, study areas, lounge area and other support services.


Wounded Knee Memorial Center

Wounded Knee, SD

Working with an Exhibit designer and local community members, Encompass Architects envisioned a Team effort to design the content of the Wounded Knee Memorial Center. A visitor's journey throughout the Center is controlled and scripted allowing the visitors to gain the proper perspective and state of mind prior to actually viewing the site.

The site is sacred and access to it needed to be controlled. The goal was to guide visitors in a specific path, first through the Center then to a designated trail through the site. The Center, a 19,800 SF building incorporates exhibit spaces, a theater, offices and meetings rooms, retail spaces, dining spaces, as well as general service spaces.