Tiyospaye Winyan Maka

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


Solidarity with 
Apache Protestors

"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.” 

Help Us Support 1000 Grandmothers:


In the Lakota language TIYOSPAYE WINYAN MAKA means extended family of women of the earth. And as a family, we are proud to sponsor the 1000 Grandmothers Project dedicated to standing together with the Water Protectors of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.

We invite you to join the growing number of women who are becoming part of the 1000 Grandmother’s Movement. Here are the two easy steps to get started:

  • Step 1. Make a tax deductible donation of ($25 or more) using the PayPal Donate link above.


YOUR PHOTO will be converted into a placard, to be housed and on display in the 1000 Grandmother’s TIPI on the Standing Rock Reservation. Also, for those unable to participate in person in 1000 Grandmother direct actions, we will ask someone to carry your placard on your behalf.

All remaining funds will go towards sustaining those on the front-lines who continue to resist the construction of the DAPL pipeline at the Standing Rock site. Lend your image in support of this vital movement to protect our earth mother and the blood that nourishes her: the water.

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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.

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.