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.
They care for 9 children total in a small HUD home provided by the tribe that is riddled with black mold and cockroaches, with running water that just barely works, all because they care for the future of Lakota children here on the reservation.
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 this eco-sustainable children's safe house! Please click on the paypal button below to help us with building supplies, gasoline, and/or food supplies. Pilamaye na Wicosani to you and those you love.
A portable sawmill:
All building supplies are collected from the natural resources available in the immediate and surrounding areas. This tool, called a Wood Mizer, will help Tiospaye Winyan Maka and multiple families build multiple homes on Pine Ridge.
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 1700 gallon 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.
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.
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 additions and into healthy, successful lives.
Contact us if you need more information for yourself or a loved one.
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.
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
We will help you (and your children, if needed) get out of dangerous situations and into safety.