TIYOSPAYE WINYAN MAKA
Extended family of Women of the Earth
to promote alternative housing and energy and support nutritional and educational sovereignty for indigenous women and their families
A VISION TO
LEAD THE WAY…
Elissa Tivona (left) with Tiyospaye Winyan Maka Director, Christinia Eala
We continuously strive to create support networks, to encourage self-help, to promote healing, and a sustainable lifestyle for indigenous women, youth, and families, whether living off or on the reservation. All of our programs embody our commitment to the Lakota value of wicosani, which means to walk in balance with the four aspects of self: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. By combining traditional values with educational training in sustainable building practices, we strengthen the capacity and confidence of indigenous people to lead the was as engaged and effective stewards of the Earth's resources.
SECURING ANCESTRAL LAND
- TWM has a long -standing alliance with Village Earth (http:// www.villageearth.org) to help tribal members of the Pine Ridge Reservation identify and secure ancestral lands using the GIS based Pine Ridge Land Information system, originally developed by David Bartecchi at Village Earth.
- TWM is exploring trial participation in an acreage “buyback” program that
allows willing individuals to purchase land that will be donated and kept in
Trust in perpetuity for the Lakota people.
LIAISON WITH COMMUNITY
- The Community Engineering Corps (CEC), a
domestic program inspired by
Engineers Without borders, is bringing
under-served communities and
volunteer engineers together to advance
local projects with the intention of
creating a future where everyone has
access to the engineering knowledge
and resources required to live a life of
- Tiyospaye Winyan Maka serves as a
Community Liaison to the CEC for
projects in Indigenous Communities,
beginning in 2018 with the Indigenous Wisdom Center in Slim Buttes on the Pine Ridge
reservation. Contact Christinia Eala for project development.
Engineers Without Borders providing design & construction support for Indigenous Wisdom Center
SPONSORING SUMMER BUILDS AND
Thanks to generous funders and volunteers TWM has been qualifying Tiyospayes for design and construction assistance over consecutive summers for more than ten years. Each project is as unique as the family it serves. Domestic and international volunteers join the families and participate in provisioning and staging the projects, natural building workshops and cultural exchanges.