Tiyospaye Winyan Maka

Promoting Alternative Housing and Energy, and Nutritional Sovereignty For Indigenous Families


Request for Partners on Fast Horse Build

Posted by winyanmaka07 on January 15, 2014 at 1:40 AM

Hello and a warm hug and handshake to each one of you. Today I would like to reach out to you with some ideas that have been rolling around in my head the past several weeks re: the Wounded Knee building project; and I pray you will see this as an incredible opportunity to work with the Lakota (Sioux) of the Pine Ridge Reservation in their efforts working towards true sovereignty through becoming ever more self-sufficient.

 This year we will be working with the Fast Horse family in the Wounded Knee area.  As you may (or may not) know, the Fast Horse Build will be a four year project. The plans are to simultaneously build:

 (1) The home build for the Fast Horse family is being built by and coordinated with the expertise of David Reed of Texas Natural Builders. He states “We will be building a timber framed cordwood home called Paha Wakan (The Sacred Mountain), designed by Kelly Hart (http://bit.ly/AtLoVZ) on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. We are looking for volunteers with love & First Nation Solidarity to come and learn how to build with timber, cob, straw bale and cordwood!! We are so excited and hope ya'll are too!!!”  (please see facebook page for picture of the home).

(2) We are hoping to partner with students from Colorado State University and other schools to build a wind turbine and solar panels

 (3) We will clear and level the campground area and build a bunk house for those who prefer indoor camping. Along with this we will put together solar showers and composting toilets. We will also create two root cellars to help preserve the vegetables that we buy, and later, that are grown on the land.

 (4) Additionally. in the near future, “Cuenca LosOjos” a great organization that works with water restoration, will come to help with building gabions for water restoration.  It looks fairly promising for this summer. The following is a communication between myself and Valer Austin, the Founder and Director.

 Below is a Contact Us Request submitted on www.CuencaLosOjos.com. It was submitted by Christinia Eala (christiniawin@yahoo.com) on December 19th, 2013 at 11:00AM (MST).

email_msg: Hello and a warm hug to you Valer. I hope that all is going well with and for you as 2013 comes to a close.

I am sending this message to you hoping that you can tell me how to recieve assistance from your organization to assist us on the land of Joe and Lena Fast Horse this summer. On the land is a dry creek that we would like to restore. Joe has some idea of what needs to be done, but it would be invaluable to us if you could come and teach us what we need to do in order to make this happen.


Valer Austin  -  To Me    Jan 7 at 9:03 AM

Hi Christinia, I would love to help you gabion your wash I am sending the email to Laurence as she takes care of the business side of the foundation's work and the scheduling.

For those of you not famililar with Valer Austin and/or her organization, check it out at “CuencaLosOjos.com" and see the precious restoration work she and her husband have been doing for quite a number of years. I had the good fortune to meet Valer and her co-hort, Laurence deBure during a water summit on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

 (5) Lena Apple-Fast Horse will also be doing some organic gardening, which she is very good at and dedicated to. All interested organic gardeners are welcome to come for all or any part of the late spring/early-through-late fall. If you choose to come in late spring, please know that this time is spent preparing the camp area for the other domestic and International volunteers, and it would be the perfect time to start the garden.

 As you can see, this is quite the ambitious undertaking, but I believe it can be done by asking other organizations, such as yours to think about the overall plan and decide if you might want to become a partner in this. If you find that you just can't take on anything else, please feel free to pass this on to an agency that you feel would be a good fit.

 I've been thinking that a partner agency could take a particular piece of this as a "pet project"...house not included. Becoming involved would mean forming a committee to decide what part of this may best suit your desire to help and would include creating a materials list for that choice, help with the fundraising for that portion, and putting together a volunteer team to come up and work with us on "your" piece.  You can reply to this in hte comment section below.  Once we get an idea of where interests lie, we can set up a conference call, or even set a meeting date at a central location so we can greet each other eyeball-to-eyeball.

 Well, there it is. I put this out to each of you and the Universe. I look forward to your input and ideas. Pilamaye na Wicosani to each of you and those you love.



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