Solar Women Warriors Trained at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center

Solar Women Warriors Miranda Red Bear and Ariel Frazier, both members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, learn to build the fan component of a solar heater at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center.

Thanks to the generous support of many donors, we were able to provide two Native American women with full scholarships to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center’s most recent soalr heater workshop, providing them with important green job skills for the future.

Henry Red Cloud shows Native American trainees how to build and install solar heating systems.

Ariel Frazier and Miranda Red Bear, both members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, completed the 10-day workshop and received their Solar Technician 1 certification. Ariel and Miranda are now equipped with the technical skills to build and install solar heating systems in their own reservation communities.

Congratulations to Miranda and Ariel for their important accomplishments and we wish them the best in their future endeavors!

To learn more about green job training at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, please visit www.treeswaterpeople.org or call Lacey Gaechter at (970)484-3678.

You are Invited to a Special Event Supporting Tribal Lands Renewable Energy!

For more information please call Lacey Gaechter, Assistant National Director, at (970) 484-3678 or email lacey@treeswaterpeople.org.

Yellow Hair Family to Receive Solar Air Heater and New Pallet Home

Solar Air Heater
TWP’s Solar Air Heaters, like the one pictured here at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, reduce a family’s monthly utility bill by 20-30% for up to 25 years.

Thanks to TWP’s supporters on Causes.com, we far surpassed our $2,800 fundraising goal to provide solar air heaters to Native American families. To date, we have raised nearly $7,000 from 322 donors!  With these funds we will provide three different Native American families with solar air heating systems, giving them free, clean heat for years and years to come.

Walter and Alison Yellow Hair
Walter and Alison Yellow Hair watch the construction of their new house on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

The Yellow Hairs are one of these families.  Right now, our partner organization, Earth Tipi, in partnership with Texas Natural Builders, is constructing Walter and Alison Yellow Hair a new pallet home from reclaimed materials.  This new, sustainable house will provide much better protection from, and insulation against, the harsh South Dakota winters than their current mobile home, which was originally headed for the dump when they inherited it.  With huge holes in its walls, such a poor structure can be deadly in the extreme weather of the Great Plains.  We believe that every family is deserving of dignified and comfortable housing that is properly heated and we are so lucky to have supporters who feel the same way.

Now, Walter and Alison will enjoy a new home and a new source of clean, free heat with a TWP solar air heater.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the fundraiser and helped make a significant improvement in Walter and Alison’s lives!  Your contributions mean so much to the Native American families who are struggling each day to survive. Stay tuned to learn more about the other families who will receive solar heaters.

Interested in contributing to the building of Walter and Alison’s new home? Please click here to learn more about how you can help!

Click here to join the Solar Energy for Lakota Families cause on Facebook and help us spread the word about solar energy for Native American families living on tribal lands.

Great report from the National Wildlife Federation: “The New Energy Future in Indian Country”

This report highlights many of the great renewable energy opportunities available to tribes around the United States. Thank you to the National Wildlife Federation for producing such a great report!

Vote Trees, Water & People in Round 2 of Chase Community Giving!

The voting is on for Round 2 of Chase Community Giving and we need your help.  Take a moment to check out our “Big Idea” submission and then cast your vote for Trees, Water & People! Your vote will help us win the $500,000 grand prize. Voting is open May 19th-25th.

Benefit Concert for Tribal Lands Renewable Energy

Please join us for an afternoon of bluegrass with local band Chainstation to raise funds for renewable energy on tribal lands throughout the Great Plains. Longmont-based Bella Energy is sponsoring this event to support Trees, Water & People, a Fort Collins nonprofit that distributes clean, cost-saving renewable energy to people on the poorest reservation in the country. Meet Henry Red Cloud, founder of Lakota Solar Enterprises – a native owned and operated solar energy company on the Pine Ridge Reservation and partner of Trees, Water & People.

Suggested $5 donation to attend. Thanks to Bella Energy, all proceeds directly benefit Trees, Water & People and Native Americans throughout the Great Plains.

Journey to the Home of the Oglala Lakota

Join Trees, Water & People on a journey to the home of the Oglala Lakota for the 2011 Lakota Adventure.  From September 11th-17th we will be taking guests to the Pine Ridge Reservation to 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.

Learn about TWP’s Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program, help build solar air heaters, and plant trees for wind breaks and shade at a local families home.  In addition, we will travel to Wounded Knee and other cultural and historical sites to learn about the Lakota culture, past and present.

Lakota Adventure 2011: A Journey to the Home of the Oglala Lakota

 

Solar air heaters are helping families to reduce their monthly heating bills by 20-30%. Help us bring hope to Native America, and join us on the 2011 Laktoa Adventure!

Join Trees, Water & People on a journey to the home of the Oglala Lakota for the 2011 Lakota Adventure.  From September 11th-17th we will be taking guests to the Pine Ridge Reservation to 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.

 

Learn about TWP’s Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program, help build solar air heaters, and plant trees for wind breaks and shade at a local families home.  In addition, we will travel to Wounded Knee and other cultural and historical sites to learn about the Lakota culture, past and present.

For more information and reservations, please contact Lacey Gaechter at 970.484.3678 or lacey@treeswaterpeople.org today!

Thank You to the Global Harmony Community Chorus!

We would like to thank our friends at the Global Harmony Community Chorus for raising over $18,000 this month for our Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program!  Also, many thanks to everyone who attended and generously contributed.  Donations from the event will help us to continue putting the power of nature — the warmth of the sun, the power of the wind, the shelter of trees — to work for Native Americans.

A solar heater beneficiary stands proud (Photo by Dan Bihn, 2010).

The “Songs of the Earth” concert weekend, held February 12th and 13th in Roseville, MN, featured special guests Brent Michael Davids (composer, flute) and Henry Red Cloud (5th generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud).

 

About Global Harmony Chorus

Global Harmony is an inter-faith, non-auditioned community chorus open to all who wish to sing to make a difference.  To date, Global Harmony Community Chorus has raised over $102,000 for global relief efforts.  To learn more please visit http://globalharmonychorus.org/.

Join TWP for the 2011 Lakota Adventure

This September, TWP will take a group to the Pine Ridge Reservation to experience the culture of the Oglala Lakota.  Participants will camp or stay in a dorm at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, visit historical sites, learn about Lakota history and culture from tribal elders, and help plant trees and build solar heating systems for local families.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the strength, pride, humor, and enduring culture of the Oglala Lakota.

For more information or to reserve a space on the September Lakota Adventure, please call Lacey Gaechter at 970-484-3678 or email lacey@treeswaterpeople.org.