MISSION, SD – The Rosebud Sioux Tribe held a Grand Opening last week for their latest economic endeavor – Sicangu Auto Service. President Rodney Bordeaux was joined by Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) Director Wizipan Garriott and REDCO Board Chairman Shawn Bordeaux at a ribbon cutting on May 25.
A special thank you was offered to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and Chairman Stanley Crooks for the financial help they provided in getting this new business open for local residents. Over the last several years, the SMSC has generously provided many tribes in Indian Country with development grants for economic opportunities. The RST also provided funding to jumpstart this new endeavor.
Local residents who attended the Grand Opening were treated to a complimentary lunch, cake, soda, coffee and Lakota Water. Children received free balloons. Door prizes were also offered. The shop has a soda machine and coffee available on site. There are no immediate plans to add convenience store items.
Sicangu Auto Service will not sell gas. Instead, the new business has a large selection of new tires available for sale and if what you need is not in stock, they can order your tires to be delivered to the shop on Wednesday or Friday. There is a limited selection of used tires. Farm implement and bike tires can also be repaired or purchased. “If it’s round and has air it in we will try to fix it for you,” stated Store Manager Ken Gillaspie.
Along with tire repairs, Sicangu Auto Service will also offer wheel alignments, oil changes and other minor vehicle repairs. Technicians are John Allen and Cornell Menard, Jr. Wheel alignments and radiator or transmission flushes are available along with repairs to starters, alternators, brakes and shocks. Bulk oil deliveries to the store can also be arranged.
Wheel alignments start at $49.95. Tire repairs start at $10. A basic oil change for a car will cost you $38.95. A radiator flush is $49.95 and a transmission flush is $89.95. Custom wheels are also available for sale. Call for pricing on batteries and shocks. A self-service car wash and vacuum are also available.
Store hours are 8am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday. Sicangu Auto Service also accepts pre-approved RST payroll deductions. Telephone number is (605) 856-2337.