Cost: $1,275 (Cost does not include travel to South Dakota)
Just 200 years ago, the Lakota occupied a vast section of the Great Plains, stretching over what are now seven states. Families traveled with the seasons, following the bison, sustained by the land. The clash between Native people and European colonists left a battered remnant of the Lakota Nation stranded on isolated reservations, their traditional livelihood destroyed. If you visit Pine Ridge with us though, you will see and experience the strength, pride, humor and enduring culture of the Oglala Lakota. Despite hardship, the Lakota have nourished and preserved their spirituality, culture, and ties with their land. Now, through people like our partner Henry Red Cloud, the Lakota are using renewable energy to improve living conditions and create economic development, while honoring their traditional connection to Mother Earth.
Come visit Pine Ridge, work on renewable energy projects with local people, and discover for yourself the new energy and hope that is rising in Indian Country. Participants will camp or stay in a dorm at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. We will visit historical sites, learn about Lakota history and culture from tribal elders, and help plant trees and build solar heating systems with the local families.
For more information about Trees, Water & People’s Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program please visit http://treeswaterpeople.org/tribal/tribal_intro.htm