Tiyospaye Winyan Maka

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

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"Tiyospaye Winyan Maka is proud to stand in solidarity with all of our community and allies to support the San Carlos and Yavapai-Apache Nations in their struggle to defend indigenous heritage, religious rights, indigenous rights, and environmental rights."

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For over 15 years, it has been the vision of Tiyospaye/Winyan Maka, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, to create housing on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Starting with the late, beloved Muriel Ashmore, founder of Tiyospaye Crisis Center and more recently, Christinia Eala, founder of Winyan Maka, two small agencies have merged to “Promote housing, energy, and nutritional sovereignty for Indigenous families.” 

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Calling volunteers for 2015

Help Lakota Families Grow Business

Help create economic opportunity for the Winyan Wasaka (Strong Women) of the Lakota Nation. We are in the process of acquiring a promising bead business to employ Lakota women and generate revenue for our various services. Over 30 years, company founder Susie Cotcher built a very large and successful business http://www.truewestmagazine.com/beadwrangler-makes-magic/. Susie passed away one month ago. Though there are other substantial offers to buy the business, before she died she made it clear that she wanted the business to be sold to the women of the Lakota nation, living in poverty at Pine Ridge.

Dental/Medical Support for Founder

"I am a 70 year old Lakota mother of 5, grandmother of 14. I was born on the Rosebud Reservation in south central, South Dakota. I have a small non-profit that is working to help good folks on the Pine Ridge Reservation establish homesteads on their ancestral lands. Recently I was asked to be a keynote speaker at an event for Engineers Without Borders about the evolution of this project. I am thrilled of course, but the first thing my thoughts turn to is my lack of teeth. I worry about my enunciation and my audience understanding me." To learn more about Christinia's quest for dental/medical care as a Lakota grandmother please click the link below.


You Are Invited!

Engineers Without Borders-CSU is hosting a fundraising event to support our projects in La Criba, El Salvador and on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The event will start at 6:30 PM, dinner will be served at 7:30, and the official events for the night will conclude at 9 PM. We will have a social until 11 PM - so no need to rush out promptly at 9! This is an all inclusive event - all ages are welcome. 

Prior to dinner we will have a speech from Christinia Eala. Ms. Eala is the founder of Tiyospaye Winyan Maka - a non-profit with the mission to enhance the lives of the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She is our esteemed colleague, and has been instrumental in our Pine Ridge Reservation project. [Read more below]

Please purchase your ticket by following the link below:
During dinner Engineers Without Borders-CSU will give a presentation and showcase a video from our project in La, Criba, El Salvador. We are developing a Water Distribution system in the small agrarian community in rural El Salvador.. We will also formally thank the individuals who have contributed, as well as Broomfield Rotary and Golder Associates for their donations and support, without which the project would not be possible. Our final speaker will present after dinner. There will be a silent auction during the event featuring Ghost Tour Tickets, two day Ski lift tickets at A-basin, a two hour paddle boarding lesson and rental and more. Further entertainment will include live music and brewery tours of the facilities at the Fort Collins Brewery.

Dinner will be provided with your choice of Red Banshee Roasted Chicken, Colorado Grass Fed Ribeye, Pan Seared Salmon, or Pasta Primavera (Vegetarian). For a vegan option please email the gala team at ewb.csu.gala@gmail.com.

Please purchase your ticket by following the link below:

To view Engineers Without Border's projects, please visit their website:

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

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.