Dakota Gold is committed to contributing to the resilience of the Homestake District.
We aim to ensure a positive legacy for the State of South Dakota and for local stakeholders. And building strong relationships with local communities is one of our four core sustainability pillars. We contribute to social and environmental programs that support community aspirations and to organizations and initiatives that help advance economic development and resource industry work readiness.
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Ongoing - Homestake Opera House
Dakota Gold is proud to be an ongoing sponsor of the Homestake Opera House in their continuous efforts to restore the historic building originally built and gifted to the community of Lead, South Dakota in 1914 by Phoebe Hurst and the Homestake Mining Company.
The building suffered damage from a fire in 1984 and has been restored by the Homestake Opera House for the enrichment of the citizens and surrounding communities by providing art, culture, and educational opportunities for generations to come.
Ongoing - Lead Community Skate Park
Lead, South Dakota has opened its new skate park located in the Manuel Brothers Park in 2022! The community gathered with Lead’s Mayor, Ron Everett to celebrate the wonderful addition to the city with a ribbon cutting. Dakota Gold Corp. was proud to participate in the event and donated a few skateboards, helmets and safety equipment to the children attending. Dakota Gold is a ongoing supporter of the skate park, and helps to keep it maintained so it can be enjoyed for years to come.
Left to Right - Dakota Gold's Baillie Matthews and Lead's Mayor Ron Everett
Ongoing - Lead Beautification Project
Members of Dakota Gold’s local team in South Dakota are proud to participate in the “Lead Beautification Project.”. Each year, the beautification committee, community volunteers and businesses from Lead replant flower beds throughout the city and Dakota Gold is honored to adopt two flower beds in the city.
Front row Left to Right - Baillie Matthews, Matthew Albrecht, Carson Quinn, Betsy Carvo (Lead Beautification Committee volunteer), Ron Everett, Warren Schafer (Lead city employee)
Back Row Left to Right - Mark Rantapaa, Timm Comer, Taylor Ballert, Mark McGrath
Ongoing - Lead-Deadwood Baseball Association | Go Diggers!
Dakota Gold Corp. is a proud sponsor of the local Lead-Deadwood Baseball Association and the Lead-Deadwood Diggers. The Lead-Deadwood Baseball Association has been running for 15+ years. Dakota Gold is excited to support the Lead-Deadwood Baseball Association as they provide youth with access to sports as part of building the community in Lead.
Ongoing - Lead Chamber of Commerce
The Lead Area Chamber of Commerce helps strengthen the local economy by connecting local businesses with the broader Lead community and by promoting Lead-area attractions, events, and opportunities to visitors and prospective new residents alike. As a member organization, Dakota Gold is a keen supporter of the Chamber’s efforts. And you can find our local team members and their families participating in the many events and activities on Lead’s community calendar. Dakota Gold also directly supports one of the region’s biggest attractions: the 500-seat historic Homestake Opera House, originally nicknamed “The Jewel of the Black Hills,” which continues to host cultural programming for the region.
Photo source: www.blackhillsbadlands.com
Ongoing - Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
Dakota Gold supports the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, which helps preserve the unique history of the Black Hills, including the rich mining and minerals past that Dakota Gold is working to revitalize The Center houses, preserves, and provides public access to one of the nation's largest collections of Black Hills archival materials dating from the 1870s to the present and bring the past to life with engaging events.
Photo source: www.cityofdeadwood.com
2021 - South Dakota Mines
The Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (South Dakota Mines) in Rapid City has collected and displayed its geological and paleontological specimens since 1885. Its South Dakota Collection contains rare samples of the diverse local minerals, and boasts the most comprehensive record of minerals and unique historical specimens from the Black Hills region. The museum also houses mineral ore samples, drill cuttings and core, and many other treasures that geology aficionados, faculty, and students can explore at no charge. Dakota Gold donated and helped raise funds to conduct an accurate inventory of the world-class Mineralogy Collection with over 75,000 specimens, to help prepare the Museum for the improved curation needed to make the collection a lasting resource for faculty, students, staff, and visiting researchers.
Photo: South Dakota Mines student, John Hewitt, working in the mineral collections room.
April 2023 - 19th Annual LEGO Contest & STEAM Fair
Dakota Gold Corp. was proud to sponsor the 19th Annual LEGO Contest & STEAM Fair (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) hosted by the Lead Deadwood Arts Center. The event was a huge success with 73 entries coming in from a range of ages between Pre-k children to adults! Sky Dragoo emceed, while our Dakota Gold team members showed core samples and our mining LEGO set. All of the participants did an amazing job!