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Pine Ridge Reservation Natural Building Project 2015


This summer, our goal is to complete an earth-bermed biodome, a multiuse natural building, and some mini-libraries. All three of these projects will create multiple positive effects. We hope to connect to like minded groups that can help us broaden the impact. 

We would love your assistance to get these projects done. A big part of this is of course funding. We love crowdfunding because if everyone gives just a little, we can get big things done. We created a crowdfunding site that will keep people updated on our progress and details here (and read the story - even if you don’t plan to give – we think it’s an interesting one):

If everyone on our lists gave just $10, we would have enough to get all of these projects done this summer! Don’t hesitate to give a small amount – no amount is too small!! If you can’t give, spread the word and others will.  We truly appreciate all thoughts, intentions, small and large gifts, and forwarding to friends!  Your gift really does make a difference no matter the amount, and we sincerely appreciate it!

We have accomplished a lot because of the support we’ve received from both volunteers and funders, and also through the free and generous sharing of knowledge. We’re looking forward to what we will get done this year!


We are finalizing the dates of this build based on funding and availability of Lakota project managers. 

If you would like to physically help out at the reservation, here is the information you will need. We will complete a walipini green house and a mixed media building.  Materials that may be used will be sustainably harvested wood, cob, straw bale, and more. We will be focused on creating highly sustainable structures with multiple functions and strong capture of energies. 

These structures will be built at the Oglala-Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitilization Initiative (OLCERI), an experimental and demonstration permaculture site on the reservation.  The greenhouse, designed by founder of OLCERI , Lakota Bryan Deans, will be passively heated and cooled, and used for an experimental aquaponics system. These buildings are designed to create pathways to more sustainability, self-reliance, and resilience.

Additionally, you will have opportunities to learn other skills such as animal care, water conservation, erosion control and more.

Other volunteer positions are available through the summer and into fall.  Please sign up for our newsletter for further news on these offerings, or check back on our site!  Also, sign up in our Facebook group too:


Pine Ridge food sovereignty 2011

It started with the arrival of over 100 wild horses rescued for release on 8000 acres of prairie stewarded by Oglala-Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitilization Initiative. Nothing could embody the spirit of freedom via self-sufficiency that we’re striving for more than to watch, from the garden, this wild herd in full gallop across the range – purely because they feel like it. Our breath ends up in our throat regularly in response to the beauty and majesty of this animal.

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Pine Ridge reservation 2012 – Food forests!

Last year’s tree planting and gardening at Pine Ridge has led to expanded plans for this year! Our plans include three food forests at Pine Ridge this year, with three different organizations on the rez. We will also help install gardens and give classes on the techniques we’ll be using. We’ll be there from late April to mid-May, . Planting will occur Apr 29, May 1-4 and May 5-9.

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Pine Ridge reservation food forests

Food forests at Pine Ridge reservation are full of metaphor. The Lakota have experienced a long history of  sabotage of their food supply.  Pine Ridge has recently declared itself sovereign.  There is a place in that for the seven generation food and water security that can be created by a food forest.  Food forests can create calm amidst storm; they are resilient for generations.

There is a spirit to Pine Ridge that keeps us coming back for more. It’s hard to describe. People have tried. You have to read between the lines to see it, without going there yourself and experiencing it.

As we are getting ready for our yearly trip, we started thinking about some of the highlights of last year’s journey in May of 2012.

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Kickstarter campaign for Pine Ridge

We have done two Kickstarter campaigns for Pine Ridge to pay for irrigation, plant trees and a number of other projects we have ongoing. See our photos, stories and more at Our intention is to contribute to the creation of food and water sovereignty, healthy shelter and alternative energy on the reservation.