Promoting Alternative Housing, Education, Energy, and Food Sovereignty For Indigenous Families


Update: October 2017

Posted by winyanmaka07 on October 6, 2017 at 4:30 PM

October 6th, 2017

I am happy to say that we have had a few requests to see if we can video conference this. I will look into it and let you know. Thank you for the resounding interest in our latest endeavor.

In the wake of the current state of this country and in light of the current administrations divide and conquer mentality, Tiyospaye Winyan Maka is highly and sincerely invested in bringing the Fort Collins community together in a good way for a very good purpose. As we see it, the best possible way is through music and the arts as it has been said many times over that the dreamers, musicians, artists, poets, writers, and perma-culturists will be the ones to restore love, harmony, and balance to Turtle Island.

Tiyospaye Winyan Maka in the Lakota language means “Extended Family of Women of the Earth” and will herein be referred to as TWM) a small non-profit here in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Mission of Tiyospaye Winyan Maka is to promote alternative housing, energy, nutritional, and educational sovereignty for indigenous women and their families. If they have ancestral lands they would like to move their family to, we can assist them in building homesteads on that land.” To do this, we have aligned ourselves with an engineering consortium that includes EWB (Engineers Without Borders)/USA and EWB/CSU, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Water Works Association. We also love the collaborative work we have done in the past with Dan Fink of Buckville Energy here in Buckhorn Canyon, Colorado and an instructor of alternative energy at the Ecotech Institute in Aurora, Colorado.

In order to highlight the work that TWM does, we are reaching out to the various student cultural communities: Asian/Pacific, Black/Afro-American, El Centro, Native American Cultural Center, the Scotts/Irish organizations as well as members of the larger community to join us in our planning efforts to sponsor our first annual fundraising concert, to be here in Fort Collins around the first or second week in May, 2018. The concert has a three-fold purpose:

To support the work of TWM in our sponsorship of these wonderful projects.

Raise funds for the homestead ranch project in Slim Buttes, located in the southwest corner of the Pine Ridge reservation.

3. And finally, to celebrate the threads of love and true humanity that bind each of us together.

This Concert From the Four Winds will highlight and celebrate the Four Nations through music and the drum…which is the heartbeat of the Earth Mother. Drum groups will be from the Black, Red, Yellow, and White Nations. Our vision would see each of these groups perform solo, and then choreograph their own united drum performance. And it is our intention to put our heads together to invite one powerful, female guest speaker from each Nation to talk about the struggles of their Nation and how those struggles were overcome by reaching out to their allies from other Nations to stand with them in solidarity while speaking TRUTH to POWER.

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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