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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June 15 2022 - International Women in Mining Day
Today is IWiM - International Women in Mining Day and our team at Dakota Gold would like to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of all women in our industry including Michelle Ozarowski, Ph.D. one of the many talented women at our Company.
Michelle is an exploration geologist and geological engineer who began working with the company in 2019. She earned her PhD in Geological Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2014 and has over 8 years of post-PhD experience in the exploration and mining industry. Michelle is an active member of the local community in Lead, South Dakota in which we operate, being an Alumni mentor for Mines Women in Science and Engineering (“WiSE”), volunteering for Mines and Lead & Deadwood community events/projects as well as being a member of SME, AIPG, and RMAG.
When we asked Michelle what inspired her to pursue a career in mining and exploration she commented, “I joined Dakota Gold because I believed in and shared Gerald Aberle, our Director and COO’s vision and passion for revitalizing Homestake gold mining with a commitment to minimizing the environmental impact and exceeding reclamation standards so that we can continue to enjoy the beautiful Black Hills with our neighbors. I'm in the exploration and mining industry because as a geological engineer, I am passionate about rocks and math, and solving problems that involve them.”
In our 2021 ESG Report, we noted 20% of our workforce and 29% of our board of directors were women. Dakota Gold values having a diverse workforce with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, creating a stronger, well informed and knowledgeable team to advance our mineral exploration in the historic Homestake District of South Dakota.
June 3 2022 - Lead Beautification Project
On Friday, June 3, 2022, members of Dakota Gold’s local team in South Dakota were 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 was honored to adopt the flower bed on Summit Street in front of the Lead/Deadwood High School.
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
May 2022 - 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 - a 12U Majors Baseball Team, for the 2022 Summer Season. Home games will take place at the Keene Park Baseball and Softball Fields in Deadwood, South Dakota. Away games will take place in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. The Lead-Deadwood Baseball Association has been running for 15+ years and is in its first year chartered with the Cal Ripken Baseball League. 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.
Click here for the summer schedule: https://leagues.teamlinkt.com/leaddeadwoodbaseballassociation
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.
August 2022 - Lead Community Skate Park Grand Opening
Lead, South Dakota has opened its new skate park located in the Manuel Brothers Park! 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.
Left to Right - Dakota Gold's Baillie Matthews and Lead's Mayor Ron Everett