CSU Alternative Spring Breakers go to Pine Ridge

CSU alternative spring break to Pine Ridge, SD.

This March, we were lucky enough to take a group of 13 CSU students up to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on the Pine Ridge Reservation for an alternative spring break.  The students were enthusiastic, smart, curious, and, best of all, very helpful, making for a wonderful trip!

A straw bale house on the property was damaged beyond repair in the flooding and will have to be taken apart.

After severe flooding severely damaged many of the buildings on our partner Henry Red Cloud’s property, where RCREC is located, there was much work to be done.  The alternative spring breakers jumped right in, helping to clean-up the horrible mess left from high and sustained flood waters.  We can not thank these students enough for their caring and compassion.  You guys are amazing and the future looks very bright with young people like you in it!

Here is an excerpt from Liz Harrison’s blog, a student who was on the trip:

Renewable energy honors traditional Lakota values and spreads hope. Trees, Water and People, the organization we partnered with for our trip, emphasizes that renewable energy is “a new way to honor the old ways” (check out their video on Vimeo). In addition, the job creation, financial independence and poverty alleviation that can be achieved with renewable energy bring great hope to the reservation. According to Richard Fox, National Director of Trees, Water, People, “Hope is our currency”.  And that is the most valuable asset of all.

To read more of Liz’s blog click here.  Also, enjoy the wonderful photos from the trip: