Pine Ridge Reservation 1
Description: This workcamp is in cooperation with Tiyospaye Winyan Maka (Lakota for Extended Family of Women of the Earth ), and OLCERI (Oglala Lakota Cultural & EconomicRevitalization Initiative ), two Lakota Sioux nonprofits. Tiyospaye Winyan Maka, a small, grassroots non-profit from Colorado, has had a mission since its inception - “to promote energy, housing, education, and nutritional sovereignty for indigenous women and families”. OLCERI, based on the Pine Ridge Reservation, aims to open the path to creating a sustainable food supply, means of energy, clean water, and adequate shelter while enabling spiritual well-being and health of our community. For more, visit http://www.olceri.org/our-vision.
Type of Work: Assisting in the construction of a community center/school using ‘ Earthship ’ technology. Experience in construction work, plumbing or electrical work will be given preference. Please submit a motivation describing any such experience.
Study Theme: The Lakota culture, Earthship building, permaculture.
Accommodation: In tents or tepees. Food will be self-prepared by the volunteers in an on-site kitchen. The Reservation is isolated, so some amenities will not be available. There will be lots of interaction with local people. Drugs and alcohol are illegal on the reservation and strictly forbidden. You must not be afraid of dogs or horses. A small area of the compound contains a pig-sty but volunteers are not required to go near it.
Approximate Location: Slim Buttes, Southwestern South Dakota, United States of America
Notes: Because of the isolated location, electronic media are spotty. A weekend trip will be provided to the Black Hills, a Lakota sacred area, where electronic media may be accessed. There will be other groups working at the same time, including Engineers without Borders volunteers, and permaculture volunteers. This camp will be open to extended stays, but only the first two weeks will be SCI sponsored. Vegetarian and vegan food is available. Volunteers on other special diets may need to provide your own food.