TIYOSPAYE WINYAN MAKA

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

Susan Kains


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FEMALE
69 years old
Rapid City, SD
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Dr. Susan Kains is a conservation biologist who has a home on the PIne Ridge Indian Reservation and has been associated with a traditional Lakota family for the last twenty-seven years.  She trained on building the ecodome with Nadir Khalili, the architect at Cal-Earth Institute in Hesperia, CA in 2005 and has been involved in building several ecodomes.  In 1994 Susan taught a graduate course in sustainability, one that she designed for Columbia University, and taught on the PIne Ridge Indian Reservation.  The course, called "Community Struggles for Environmental Sustainability," brought people together to examine ways in which to move into the future as a sacred community on the lands that are, by law The Great Sioux Reservation, encompassing at least five states. According to the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, which should be the law of the land, but is ignored by the government, Lakota people own a vast territory, but are kept  in extreme poverty.  Susan's is an advocate for social justice and she puts forth the best solution to the stealing of the Black Hills:  the federal landholdings could be immediately returned to the Sioux Nation and anyone who supposedly "owns" land on the territory covered by the Fort Laramie Treaty, should pay lease monies.  This would alleviate the extrememe poverty and be, "just plain fair."  Susan supports Tiyospaye-Winyan Maka in various ways, including:  picking up volunteers at the airport, housing them in Rapid City before going to the reservation, introducing the volunteers to Lakota culture and aspects of reservation life, and providing guide services to volunteers who would like to see some of the region and visit national parks nearby. In addition, Susan is available for consultation related to ecodome construction.

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