Tiyospaye Winyan Maka

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

Solidarity with 
Apache Protestors

"The area known as Oak Flat is part of Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, and the Apache have used it for generations in young women’s coming-of-age ceremonies. In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower removed it from consideration for mining activities in recognition of its natural and cultural value. But in December 2014, during the final days of the previous Congress, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) added a rider to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act that opened the land to mining conglomerates Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

That change led to this week’s protests in Washington...


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Our Wishlist

A solar power inverter system:

This system will help power the children's safe house. It is important that the home is built in a way that is not destructive to the environment. The power inverter system will allow solar power to light up the house.

A welder/generator:

A welder/generator will help Tiospaye Winyan Maka build important structural and foundational elements for not only the Fast Horse family, but for multiple families in the future. 

It will also help power the volunteer camp at the build site when it's not being used for it's welding capacities, an  important amenity needed to draw more volunteers in.

A 1700 gal. water cistern:

A water cistern will help collect rain water and keep the children's safe home off the tribal water system, which is contaminated with heavy metals. It will also provide water for an organic, heirloom garden so the family can achieve nutritional self sufficiency and not rely on the federal food commodity program, which provides unhealthy high sugar, high carbohydrate, high sodium foods.


Meet the families we partner with


Learning & training opportunities


Calling volunteers for 2015


Help us raise $35,000 to build an environmentally sustainable safe-house on Pine Ridge Reservation! This house will be a model for future Lakota homesteads and will support the local Fast Horse Family.


  • Electricity 100% generated by solar & wind power
  • Water system supported by a well, grey-water recycling & rainwater harvesting
  • House designed to conserve energy & constructed with recycled materials
  • Older family members trained to maintain off-grid electrical & water systems

Home Design sample by Tyler Stein

Our Housing Projects: 
Check out our Eco-dome construction on Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation using the Cal-Earth patented earth bag design:

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The Fast Horse family housing project:

Meet Tiyospaye's latest inspiration! Seen here with children they care for, who are theirs by birth or by circumstance, parents Joe and Lena operate a children's safe house in Wounded Knee, SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It's people like them who bring light into an often dark situation. 

It is their spirit of caring that compels us to assist them in the building of their own home, on their own land, as part of our Earthen Architectural Building Program. 

We need your help to build an eco- sustainable children's safe house!  Please click on the DONATE button below to help us with building supplies, gasoline, and/or food supplies. Pilamaye na Wicosani to you and those you love.

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Tiyospaye Services

We offer the following services to native communities in the state of South Dakota and the cities of Fort Collins, CO & Denver, CO:


There are a high number of indigenous peoples who are struggling, suffering, and dying from alcohol and drug related diseases. 

We work with agencies and other non-profit organizations that are culturally sensitive and have in place the knowledge and personnel to allow successful interaction with indigenous populations to help individuals move past addictions and into healthy, successful lives.

Contact us if you need more information for yourself or a loved one.  

Restorative Justice
Dispute Resolution

We have a certified Restorative Justice facilitator and have successfully coordinated meetings between victims and offenders. 

Our goal is to bring dispute resolution to indigenous community members that speaks to the indigenous mindset both off and on the reservation.  

If you are in need of assistance, please contact us. All communication with Tiospaye Winyan Maka is confidential.

Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention

Tiyospaye Winyan Maka strives to make a difference in the area of domestic violence by partnering with shelters and other non-profits whose sole focus is domestic violence intervention and prevention. 

If you need help with an intervention or getting out of a dangerous situation, please contact Christinia immediately at:

605-441-1661 PINE RIDGE

970-290-0353 COLORADO

We will help you (and your children, if needed) get out of dangerous situations and into safety.