TIYOSPAYE WINYAN MAKA

Promoting Alternative Housing, Education, Energy, and Food Sovereignty For Indigenous Families

Alternative Housing & Energy

TIYOSPAYE WINYAN MAKA

Extended family of Women of the Earth
MISSION: 
to promote alternative housing and energy and support nutritional and educational sovereignty for indigenous women and their families

A VISION TO LEAD THE WAY…

Victoria Lovelock, Director of CCIVS of UNESCO (left) with Tiyospaye Winyan Maka Director, Christinia Eala

We continuously strive to create support networks, to encourage self-help, to promote healing, and a sustainable lifestyle for indigenous women, youth, and families, whether living off or on the reservation. All of our programs embody our commitment to the Lakota value of wicosani, which means to walk in balance with the four aspects of self: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. By combining traditional values with educational training in sustainable building practices, we strengthen the capacity and confidence of indigenous people to lead the was as engaged and effective stewards of the Earth's resources.
 
 

ALTERNATIVE HOUSING & ENERGY

Many families presently living in government housing on Lakota Reservations or off-reservation are seeking to reclaim lands that rightfully belonged to their ancestors. With recovery of these claims, many extended families (tiyospayes) seek to acquire the skills that permit living sustainably on the land in accordance with desires and means. 
The following initiatives help families begin the journey:

PROJECT WINTER WARMTH

SUBSIDIES FOR HEATING ON LAKOTA LANDS

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT FOR ALTERNATIVE HEAT SOURCES

HOMESTEAD ASSISTANCE

SECURING ANCESTRAL LAND

LIAISON WITH COMMUNITY ENGINEERING CORPS

SPONSORING SUMMER BUILDS AND INTERNATIONAL CAMPS