The mission of Tiyospaye Winyan Maka is to promote alternative housing and energy; nutritional and educational sovereignty for Indigenous women and their families.
To do our work effectively we need to raise awareness that there are beautiful, strong people with a proud history who now live in third world conditions throughout one of the richest nations on earth. There are many people who are suffering; however, our focus is currently the Lakota (Sioux) tribes living in Lakota Territory in South Dakota.
We are continuously striving to create a support network to encourage self help, healing and a sustainable lifestyle for indigenous women, youth, and families; whether living off or on the reservation.
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Please Donate using this link to help out the project starting tonight March 13, 2012 at 10pm (MT). Before 10 p.m., GG takes 15% of all donations, and after 10 p.m., they will match up to 30% of all donations.
"Our purpose is to inspire them to embrace their own history and culture. Without them, we Indians have no future". -Floyd Red Crow Westerman - referring to native youths.
Consider these statistics for the Pine Ridge Reservation:
*Median income is between $2,600 and $3,500 per year
*Unemployment rates between 83-85%
*Life expectancy: 48 years for men and 52 for women
*Teenage suicide rates are 150% highter than the U.S. national average; the infant mortality rate is 300% higher.
*More than 50% of adults battle addiction and disease while alcoholism affects 8 out of 10 families.
*Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and malnutrition are pervasive.
*A federal commodity food program is active but supplies mostly inappropriate foods (high in carbohydrates and/or sugar)
*School drop-out rate is over 70%
*According to a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) report, Pine Ridge Reservation schools are in the bottom 10% of school funding by U.S. Department of Education and the BIA.
*Teacher turnover is 800% above national average, and finally,
*According to a 2003 report from South Dakota State University, 26% of the housing units on the Reservation are mobile homes, often purchased used, or obtained through donations, are low-value units with negative-value equity.
-From: "The Arrogance of Ignorance" by Stephanie M. Schwartz at http://www.nativevillage.org/
UNITED NATIONS, WORLD MEDIA, OFFICIAL COMMENTS ABOUT CAL-EARTH
Reuters International News agency: "I thought it was amazing. It is a hidden treasure," said Omar Bakhet, director of the Emergency Response Division at the U.N. ..."I don't think there's a risk, it's a proven technology, it's cost effective, you need very little building material, just what nature gives you. So simple it can be learned by everybody."
CNN: "They meet all building codes, are energy efficient, weather tight, and so solid they passed the most gruelling stress tests."
BBC: "The buildings are cool in summer and warm in winter, probably the most environmentally friendly homes you'll ever come across."
NASA: (Lunar habitat) Khalili's perspective on Lunar Architecture provides an interesting and thought-provoking contrast to 'orthodox' scenarios."
LOS ANGELES TIMES: "The city [of Hesperia] conducted tests, under the supervision of the [International] conference [of Building Officials, ICBO), and found that Superadobe stood up to twice the amount of weight that would crush a pitched-roof house."
Mayor of Hesperia: "We think this design has the potential of revolutionizing the housing industry."
Hesperia Building Official: "The buildings were stronger than the testing equipment."
2012 Eco-Dome Building Project
We are going to start the building process at the home sites that we prepared last summer. Our goal is to build three Eco-dome homes. We will complete the "emergency shelter" that went up last summer on the land of Hobert Spotted Bear in Wounded Knee. Next, we will rework the foundation we dug in Mouse Creek on the land of Wanda Buckman-Center in order to start the building process, bag-by-bag.
The first International volunteers will arrive in June; we have one each from Italy, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland. We also have an independent volunteer from London.
Next, a group from Laramie, Wyoming will go to Wounded Knee at the end of May to set up the base camp. This group is headed by Todd Smeidendorf who is the pastor of a church in Laramie, and who last year organized the volunteers and did the fundraising to purchase a huge tent and the supplies needed to set up a full cook shack. What a great group of people they were. As you can see, one of the best perks of this work is meeting so many people with the best of hearts. Thank you so much Todd.
After the volunteers arrive, there is a house in Rapid City (where we always pick them up) where we can take them to be oriented to the project and the reservation.
Right now we are in the midst of fundraising for the supplies to help achieve our goal of building the five eco-domes. Please see our "Projects" page for the full break down of items and their cost.
If you have any ideas, would like to donate/ help raise money, donate materials or volunteer your time, please leave a message for us or call us.
Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated.
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