Henry Red Cloud on Democracy Now

Henry Red Cloud, owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises, was interviewed Thursday, Sept. 30, by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now.  Congrats to Henry for his Nuclear-Free Future Award!  We hope you enjoy the interview.

TWP and LSE in D.C & NYC

Trees, Water & People’s (TWP) good friend and partner, Henry Red Cloud, will return to Washington, D.C. this month for the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) 2010 Assets Learning Conference.  Accompanied by TWP National Director, Richard Fox and Board President, Jon Becker, Henry will share his work with Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE) to bring renewable energy to tribal lands during the Innovation Marketplace on September 23rd. eNews DC pic 2While in D.C., they will also visit with key politicians on Capitol Hill and area TWP supporters. Then, the group will travel to New York where Henry will be honored by the Nuclear-Free Future Award at the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union on September 30th.

Stay tuned for updates from TWP Board President Jon Becker!

Henry Red Cloud Honored by Nuclear-Free Future Award

Henry Red Cloud stands next to a small wind turbine outside the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge, SD. (Photo by Dan Bihn, 2010)

Henry Red Cloud, member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and proprietor of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), is being honored by the Nuclear-Free Future Award (NFFA) for his efforts to bring clean, renewable energy to tribal lands. On September 30th, Henry will receive his special recognition award at a public event held at New York City’s historic Cooper Union.

As the great-great grandson of Chief Red Cloud, Henry is a 21st century Lakota warrior, providing sustainable, economically beneficial, environmentally sound, and culturally appropriate energy solutions to Native Americans living on reservations. He has spent over a decade experimenting with sustainable energy and housing alternatives, searching for affordable solutions that preserve resources and complement the values and traditions of tribal communities. In 2006, Henry created Lakota Solar Enterprises, one of the first and only Native-owned and operated renewable energy businesses. In 2008, he partnered with Colorado-based nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP) to establish the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), a one-of-a-kind educational facility where tribal members from around the nation can receive hands-on training from fellow Native American instructors. As Henry says, renewable energy is “a new way to honor the old ways.”

Since 1998, the Nuclear-Free Future Award has honored and helped facilitate the ongoing work of individuals, like Henry Red Cloud, and initiatives struggling to bring an end to the “Nuclear Age.” Based in Germany, NFFA provides vital recognition and financial and moral support for individuals, organizations and communities around the world working valiantly to achieve a peaceful, safe future free of nuclear energy, nuclear weapons and uranium mining. An independent, nonprofit group, the NFFA works closely with The Alternative Nobel Prize among others, and has been called by Berlin newspaper Taz, “the most important anti-nuke award in the world.”

To learn more about Henry Red Cloud and Lakota Solar Enterprises, visit www.lakotasolarenterprises.com. To learn more about the Nuclear-Free Future Award, visit www.nuclear-free.com. To learn more about Trees, Water & People, visit www.treeswaterpeople.org.

Trees, Water & People and Lakota Solar Enterprises Attending the Greener Homes National Summit

Lakota Solar Enterprises Launches Website

Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), one of the first and only Native-owned and operated renewable energy businesses, is proud to announce the launch of its new website: www.lakotasolarenterprises.com. Now, people anywhere can visit the Pine Ridge business online to purchase efficient solar air heating systems and learn about training opportunities.

Established in 2006 in partnership with Colorado nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP), Lakota Solar Enterprises is owned and operated by Henry Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota elder and great-great grandson of Chief Red Cloud. LSE offers home and facility-size renewable energy applications and installation training. To date, Henry and LSE have produced more than 700 innovative solar air heating systems that save tribal families 20-30% on their annual heating bills for over two decades. The efficient systems pay for themselves in just a few years. By harnessing the power of the sun to heat homes, tribes can improve their quality of life while protecting and honoring Mother Earth.

“Renewable energy is a new way to honor the old ways,” say Henry Red Cloud, Proprietor of Lakota Solar Enterprises.

LSE resides at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The unique educational facility offers intensive hands-on renewable energy training workshops from Native American instructors. More than 150 tribal members have received training and over 50 have earned their Solar Technician I or Wind Technician I certification. With their new knowledge and skills, they are ready to enter the growing workforce in renewable energy.

To learn more about Lakota Solar Enterprises, visit their new website at www.lakotasolarenterprises.com.

Henry Red Cloud Recognized by the 2010 Nuclear-Free Future Awards

Inspired by a World Uranium Hearing held in Salzburg, Austria in 1991 that brought indigenous victims and leading scientists together to shine a light on the dark side of the nuclear business – the Nuclear-Free Future Awards will honor five “non-nuclear” champions. Visionaries from Africa where a continent says no to uranium mining; Russia, where a scientist goes against the nuclear mainstream; France, where one man passes a nuclear testing victim compensation law; and the US, where a noted Hollywood actor raises anti-nuclear consciousness, to the Lakota Nation, where a fifth-generation grandson of a famous Native American Chief closes a circle of history.

Front-line anti-nuclear visionaries from Russia, Africa, France, and the U.S. will receive this unique, world-leading award, and expose hidden truths about widespread human and environmental destruction caused by the nuclear industry. The free, public event will be held at New York City’s Cooper Union, September 30, 2010. Henry Red Cloud will be honored at the event with a special recognition award from the NFFA.

At its root, the use of nuclear energy violates human rights by devastating the lives and homelands of indigenous people around the world. Uranium mining and processing and its toxic waste products are, and have for decades been, the direct cause of radioactive contamination, and implicated in various cancers and other debilitating diseases; Chernobyl-style accidents aside. It’s an unsustainable and unconscionable situation when only 2.5% of the world’s total energy comes from nuclear sources. Yet few people understand or ever question where nuclear energy comes from. The nuclear industry began in the 1950s with no end-solutions, only promises that science would take care of everything. These promises have not been kept by industry or by nuclear-driven governments.

Co-founder Claus Biegert was recently interviewed online and says about the upcoming event: “We want and deserve a world that’s safe and sustainable. The heroic people we recognize this and each year with our Award are spreading the true story and leading the way to this much wiser future. It’s time to cut through the politics; take personal responsibility; and tell our leaders this nuclear state of affairs that sacrifices so many innocent lives and precious parts of our natural world is unacceptable.”

About NFFA:
Since 1998, the Nuclear-Free Future Award (NFFA) has honored and helped facilitate the ongoing work of individuals and initiatives struggling to bring an end to the “Nuclear Age.” Based in Germany, NFFA provides vital recognition and financial and moral support for individuals, organizations and communities around the world working valiantly to achieve a peaceful, safe future free of nuclear energy, nuclear weapons and uranium mining.

An independent, non-profit group, the NFFA works closely with The Alternative Nobel Prize among others, and has been called by Berlin newspaper Taz “the most important anti-nuke award in the world.” Each year’s laureates, from grass-roots activists to enlightened politicians, are nominated by a distinguished advisory board and selected by an international jury.

Henry Red Cloud stands next to one of his solar heating systems on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Enjoy TWP’s Spring 2010 Newsletter!