Apprentices and volunteers are needed for a sustainability project at Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota this summer. The Oglala-Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative and Permaculture Guild (from Tampa Bay) are engaged in a series of projects to create resiliency and self-sufficiency on the reservation, using permaculture design (a sustainable design science) and indigenous tradition . This is an opportunity to learn specific sustainable skills like gardening, food forestry, wind power, straw bale building, alternative economics, and ecosystem regeneration.
Currently, Pine Ridge is one of the most economically depressed areas of the country. The statistics are truly depressing.
But OLCERI brings do-it-yourself hope and change. Located on an 8,000 acre cattle ranch made up of tribal lands in the heart of the reservation, the project is engaged in creating a totally self-sufficient, sustainable demonstration site and sustainability school that can continue to educate tribal members and others on practical sustainable living techniques.