Tiyospaye Winyan Maka

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

 

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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 sustainable 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 sustainable housing, renewable energy, as well as nutritional and educational sovereignty for Indigenous families.

 

CURRENT EVENTS:

Tiyospaye Winyan Maka – Located in Fort Collins, Colorado is working in partnership with the Oglala Lakota Cultural and Environmental  Revitalization Initiative – located in Slim Buttes in the southeast corner of the Pine Ridge Reservation.
We are honoring those who came before us, meeting the needs of the present generation,
not compromising the future, so that coming generations are able to meet their own needs and guide our vision and renew each cycle of life. The purpose of this project is to help create resilience and self-sufficiency among the people of Pine Ridge by using existing resources to design and create sustainable systems, abundant production of food, energy and shelter, and systems of local trade that will create economic independence. Key to this project is a “sustainability school” on the rez, run by the Lakota, that will teach residents and international students permaculture techniques and principles.
OLCERI works towards resiliency for the Lakota of Pine Ridge through education and the development of food, water and energy security projects. Funds will be used to carry out a set of trainings to teach sustainable building, permaculture, organic gardening and farming, sustainable range management and regeneration, and water catchment and reuse. During the hands-on courses, students build infrastructure, gardens, and compost for the gardens.

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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:

Alcoholism
Prevention

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.