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Santee, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/19/2018

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Santee, Nebraska

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  The Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska is located in Knox County in the northeastern part of Nebraska. Santee is approximately 85 miles north of Norfolk, 190 miles northwest of Omaha, 99 miles west/northwest of Sioux City, Iowa, and 46 miles southwest of Yankton, South Dakota.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Knox County .......8,7018,571-1.5%
Labor Market Population1.......82,67542,962-48.0%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2017. City populations estimated to be released July 2017.

County Age Distribution (2016) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 1,129 212 796 1,161 489 408 4,195 48.9 %
Female...... 1,150 194 726 1,126 525 655 4,376 51.1 %

Total: 2,279 406 1,522 2,287 1,014 1,063

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 47.6 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2017.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 2
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $179

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The Santee Housing Authority is currently constructing 10 single-family homes. Most single-family and multi-family unit's rental fees are based on income.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9134,61741,941    
Total Employment.....980,6684,76843,104    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.2%2.8%    

1) Area labor force and employment data are for the county plus the contiguous counties.
For further information regarding underemployment in the area, please contact NPPD at (877) 275-6773.
Source: Year end 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/2016.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$18.44$27.83$46.64
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$10.36$14.02$18.27
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$13.18$22.13$31.32
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.90$15.37$23.21
Civil Engineers$19.29$41.63$51.04
Computer Operators$9.95$17.28$27.45
Computer Programmers$14.10$28.12$44.53
Computer Systems Analysts$26.39$38.98$54.52
Customer Service Representatives$9.98$14.18$23.19
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.89$16.77$23.27
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$13.33$16.80$23.32
Data Entry Keyers$10.58$14.34$20.66
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.41$19.16$24.91
Driver/Sales Workers$9.45$11.06$21.94
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$19.72$32.51$43.99
Electrical Engineers$25.94$42.16$56.97
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.82$17.19$23.04
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$13.71$20.11$29.89
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.44$10.84$14.33
Industrial Engineers$28.80$40.75$58.32
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$15.22$20.05$29.17
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$13.05$15.63$19.90
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$10.60$14.63$19.59
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.85$21.37$24.88
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.63$15.22$34.55
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$13.81$19.44$24.46
Mechanical Engineers$23.96$30.92$45.95
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.39$28.33$37.76
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$13.95$20.61$24.28
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.91$18.90$24.66
Nursing Assistants$10.46$13.19$18.21
Office Clerks, General$9.43$12.10$18.27
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.43$11.05$15.64
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.76$13.24$17.69
Registered Nurses$19.84$27.22$37.28
Retail Salespersons$9.15$10.14$18.07
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$10.40$14.12$19.16
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$11.63$16.31$23.10
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.40$10.73$16.92
Tool and Die Makers$16.95$22.64$30.20
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$13.61$17.89$23.54
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$13.40$17.53$23.40

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Second Quarter 2017.

Percent of Manufacturing Labor Force Unionized............0%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0

With the opening of the Pony Express on Highway 12, the business is now employing 11 workers from the community. The Ohiya Casino is hoping to expand and offer more positions. According to the BIA, the Santee Sioux Reservation has a 65% unemployment rate.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....012
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....I2999
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....SD 5046

Motor Freight Carriers:
  More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.

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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....190N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....216N/A1 Day
Chicago.....625N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....772N/A2-3 days
Denver.....570N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....372N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1581N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....371N/A1-2 days
New York.....1399N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....624N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Highway 12 provides the majority of service to the community along with S54D. There are plans to complete the road between Santee and Lindy in the future.

Distance to nearest public airport.....41 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,652 feet
Length of longest runway.....3,100 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....102 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 194
Kansas City International 355
Denver International 563

The Creighton Municipal Airport, 41 miles south of Santee, has a 3,100 foot paved and lighted run way and a 2,100 foot sod runway, 100 octane fuel, and hangar space for eight planes. Six private planes are hangared there; none are available for charter. Sioux Gateway Airport at Sioux City, Iowa, 102 miles southeast of Santee, is served by Northwest/Airlink and Chautaugua Airlines.


Barge service is available at 19 barge terminal facilities on the Missouri River in Nebraska. The Sioux City river port is 30 miles northeast of Allen. These river ports are navigable approximately eight months per year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 9-foot deep, 300-foot wide channel for 735 navigable miles from Sioux City to the mouth of the Missouri River. Commodities transported by towing companies are alfala pellets, cement, concrete forms, distillers' dried grain, feed, feed ingredients, fertilizer, grain, machinery, molasses, newsprint, nitorgen fertilizer solution, propylene glycol, rock-aggregate, salt, steel, and twine.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 68 mile(s)

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: North Central Public Power District
  phone - (800) 578-1060
  website -
  email -

Wholesale Supplier: North Central Public Power District
Additional Comments: North Central Public Power is located in Creighton, Nebraska. The transmission substation provides service to the Village by 69 & 7.2/12.5 kV lines, which supplies a distribution voltage of 7.2 kV delta to local customers. Peak demand in Santee is 1,343 kilowatts in summer and 917 kilowatts in winter, and the maximum capacity is 2,000 kilowatts.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....Thompson Propane

Propane is used throughout the Santee Sioux Nation. This service is provide by Thompson Propane located in nearby Crofton, Nebraska.

Provider.....Village of Santee
Major Source.....wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....40 feet
Average Capacity.....0.050 mgd
Peak Demand.....0.085 mgd
Storage Capacity.....210,000 gallons

The village of Santee potable water system supplies treated water to the Village and the Natural Resources Building located along Highway 12. The Village water supply comes from two shallow (40-foot) wells located in Qauternary alluvium along Bazile Creek. The pumps in these wells are individually rated at 125 and 75 gpm and can produce a combined flow rate of 200 gpm. The two municipal wells are part of a four well system. The other well is dedicated to the Land Management Building and the Ohiya Casino in the Tribal Industrial Park. This well is of similar depth and pump rating and can be tied into the Village system if necessary.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....Village of Santee
Type of Service.....Lagoons

Name of Local Service Provider.....Great Plains Commuications
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....5

Telecommuncations services are provided in the Santee area by Great Plains Communications with a digital central office served by fiber.

Type of Government..... Tribal Government
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2002 (year)
City Manager..... No
City Engineer..... Yes
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... No
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... No
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... No
Percent of Streets Paved..... 90 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 7
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 5

The Village of Santee has a volunteer fire department. The fire department is made up of 7 members with 4 EMT trained members.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 1741:3
Senior High 1581:5
Community College 1

The Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) is accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools, Commission of Higher Education. NICC is coeducational, Indian focues, liberal arts and vocational educational institution. The mission of the college is to offer quality, Indian-focued post secondary liberal arts courses of study and vocational education and training. One of the primary purposes of the college is to provide students with the unique opporunity to study and learn their native languages, histories, philosophies, literature, and religions.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....1
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....2
Public Camp Ground(s).....1
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....1 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

Minisosewicoti Park is a new addition to the village of Santee. The new park provides the community with picnic tables, restroom facilities, grills, playground equipment, and other recreation activities. Santee also has a swimming pool and a ball field available to residents. Niobrara State Park in Niobrara and Lazy River Acres near Verdel provide outdoor recreational activities. Niobrara State Park has playground equipment, a swimming pool, horseback riding, hiking trails, and many other activities.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....4
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....1
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....1

Santee Medical Clinic has two exam rooms, lab and x-ray, a conference room, storage, and a reception area. The clinic has three physicians and an ObGyn who work at the clinic half days on a rotating basis our of Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. A Physician's Assistant and one full-time and four part-time nurses staff the clinic. The clinic also houses two dental chairs and a dentist is available four and one-half days per week. The clinic also houses the pharmacy that is open every day.

Machine Shops in City.......0
Tool & Die Services in City.......0
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......0

Type of Newspaper in City.......none
Local Radio Station(s).......0

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......2
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......No
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......90

Number of Protestant Churches.......2
Number of Catholic Churches.......0
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......0
Total Number of Rooms Available.......0

Number of Banks in City.......0

Chamber of Commerce.......No
Chamber Executive is Full-Time.......No

The Episcopal Church (Church of our Most Merciful Saviour)is located in Santee. The Episcopal Church offers spiritual, material, emotional, and mental assistance to individuals requesting it. The Church also serves as a resource depending on an individuals need and the availability of resources.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....0
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Santee Housing Authority
Service Sector: Construction & Mining
Employment Number: Total: 23   (Male: 20   Female: 3)
Year Established:1968
Products/Service:Housing Construction
#2.Business Name:Santee Sioux Tribe Health Center
Service Sector: Services
Products/Service:Health Services
#3.Business Name:Ohiya Casio
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 15   (Male: 5   Female: 9)
Year Established:1995
#4.Business Name:Santee Public School
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 50   (Male: 18   Female: 32)
Year Established:1975
#5.Business Name:Nebraska Indian Community College
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 6   (Male: 2   Female: 4)
Year Established:1979
Products/Service:Higher Education
#6.Business Name:Pony Express
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 11   (Male: 4   Female: 7)
Year Established:2002
Products/Service:Gas Station
#7.Business Name:Land & Water Management
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 15   (Male: 14   Female: 1)
Year Established:1993
Products/Service:Economic Development
#8.Business Name:Santee Sioux Tribe
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 73   (Male: 30   Female: 43)
#9.Business Name:Santee Headstart
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 13   (Male: 4   Female: 9)
Year Established:1968
#10.Business Name:Santee Heart Program
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 7   (Male: 4   Female: 3)
Year Established:1974
Products/Service:Education & Counseling

Our Community: The Santee Sioux Nation has the newly opened Pony Express and the Ohiya Casino. The Santee community holds different Pow Wows throughout the year. The residents of the Santee Sioux Nation believe this is a good place to live and raise families. Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and feel free to contact us for more information.

Suggested Sites:
Niobrara State Park @
Santee Sioux Community @
Maza Kute Singers @
Santee Dakota @
Gavins Point Dam/Lewis and Clark Lake @
Mike Crosley
Land Management
52948 Highway 12
Niobrara, Nebraska 68760
Phone:(402) 857-3338
Fax:(402) 857-3339
 Thomas L. Higginbotham Jr.
Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District
111 South 1st Street
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701
Phone:(402) 379-1150
Fax:(402) 379-9207
State Contacts:Dave Rippe
Economic Development Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-3125 or
(800) 426-6505
 Mary Plettner, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (877) 275-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090

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