Zach Ducheneaux is part of the third generation to operate the family ranch on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in north central South Dakota. He and his brothers are now raising the fourth generation on the same ranch. A former tribal council representative for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe—also among the third generation to have done so—he now works for the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC), a nonprofit charged with improving the life circumstances of Indian agriculture producers.
At the IAC, Ducheneaux works to educate people about the critical role of improved food systems, value-added agriculture, and foreign exports in any successful economic development model that attempts to address the grinding poverty seen on reservations in the Foundation’s service area.
Ducheneaux also serves on the board of directors for the Eagle Butte Cooperative Association and Project H3!P, a nonprofit founded by his family to benefit the local community by providing life lessons and therapy through horsemanship. Having realized the advantages of growing up in a rural agricultural setting, Ducheneaux finds various ways through his professional work to share lessons learned, especially with reservation youth, to improve his community and others he serves.