Archives for December 2005

2006 European Tour Itinerary

(Above: Henry Red Cloud speaks to a packed house in Grimma, Germany in 2005)

Henry Red Cloud (5th Generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud and Resident of the Pine Ridge Reservation), Ralf Kracke-Berndorff (filmaker for Reflexive Films) and David Bartecchi (Pine Ridge projects director for Village Earth) will be touring Europe this January and February to raise awarness about and support for Village Earth’s projects on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

(Above: Henry Red Cloud, David Bartecchi and Ralf Kracke-Berndorff in Munich standing next to their specially equipped “Tour Bug” in 2005)

(Above: Event at the Amperhoff Organic Farm outside of Munich in 2005)

Below is the preliminary schedule for the tour (check back regularly for updates).


  • January 16th – German Leather Museum, Frankfurt Germany, Frankfurterstrasse 86, Offenbach (8:00pm)
  • January 17th – Cinema Capitol. Mühlstr.16, 37213 Witzenhausen, Germany (7.30p.m ) as a cooperation of the Youth Culture Office Sandgasse 26 and the Support Group Tokata e. V.


  • January 18th – Haus vun der Natur, Route de Luxembourg, L – 1899 Kockelscheuer (8.00 p.m.)as a cooperation of the Haus vun der Natur and Iwerliewen fir bedreete Vollker ( Society for Threatened People )
  • January 19th – Television and Radio Interview
  • January 19th – Coshoola espresso bar, Glacis Business Center, 9, Allee Scheffer L-2520 Luxemburg (6p.m.)


*Organized by CSIA-Nitassinan,21ter rue Voltaire, Paris 11ème, Committee of Solidarity with the Native Peoples of the Americas., [email protected]

  • January 21st – Montbrison (42). In association with REVE YAHI (21h)
  • January 23th – Angers, L’Etincelle , 26 rue Maillé, 49100 Angers (tél. 02 41 24 94 45),20h30. Organized with Reflex
  • January 24th – Nantes, 17 rue Paul Bellamy, 19h, 06 14 87 48 31, organized with Le Scalp
  • January 25th – Université de Paris 7 (14h30)
  • January 25th – 19h30 CICP – 21ter rue Voltaire – Paris 11ème
  • January 26th – Metz, 17h – Espace Art et Nature, in association with Troubadours Oubliés.
  • January 27th – Stasbourg, Université Marc Bloch (18h)


  • January 28th – AGIM ( a Support Group for the Rights of Native People and Human Rights) in MUNICH, Germany Frohschammerstr.14 (Time : 8.00p.m. Fee : 5,- €)
  • January 29th – Workinggroup Indians Today, City Hall, Grimma/ Germany, Time : 4 p.m.


  • January 31st – Near Luzern in Emmenbrücke, Switzerland. Event Centre Gersag. Rüeggisingerstrasse 20A (Time : 8.00 p.m.)
  • February 1st – Museum for Ethnology of the University of Zürich, Pelikanstrasse 40, Zürich, Switzerland (Time : 7.30 p.m.)as a cooperation from Incomindios/ Zürich and EDAI (Economic Development Amerindians)


  • February 3rd – February 3rd – Katzdorf,Austria: GfbV / Linz( Society for Threatened People ),Cinema Katzdorf,Gemeindeplatz 1, A – 4223 Katzdorf near Linz ,Time .8.00 p.m.
  • February 5th – Vienna, Austria: AKIN (a Support Group for Native People of North America) Location : Americe Latina, Mollardgasse 17, Wienna (Time : 7.00 p.m.)


  • February 7th – Chalet in Aschau, Germany. Bahnhofstrasse 17 Entrance : (7.30 p.m. Begin : 8.00 p.m. Fee : 5.- €)

“ADOPT-A-BUFFALO” Broschuere auf Deutsch herunterladen (PDF)FRONTBACK

For more information or to inquire about scheduling a speaking event, interview or screening of Village Earth’s documentary “REZONOMICS,” please contact: (ENGLISH – David Bartecchi [email protected], DEUTSCH- [email protected], FRANCAIS – Sophie Gergaud [email protected]).

Village Earth Empowers Global Poor

By Drew Haugen
December 09, 2005

Addressing a meeting in Hong Kong in 1997, World Bank President James Wolfensohn commented on the global crises of the approximately 6 billion residents of Earth.

“We are living in a time bomb, and unless we take action now, it could explode in our children’s faces,” he said. “Three billion people live on less than $2 a day; 1.3 billion on less than a dollar; 100 million go hungry every day; 150 million never go to school; and long-standing inequities between rural and urban areas, and the skilled and unskilled, are widening.”

In direct partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) at Colorado State University, the Village Earth is taking action to defuse the time bomb in which we live.

The Village Earth, an institution for community-based development, works to “address global poverty by bridging the gulf between the two-thirds of the world’s population that live in rural areas and the technical, financial, social and informational resources enjoyed by the remaining third,” according to the organization.

Founded in 1993 at an International Conference on Sustainable Village-Based Development in Fort Collins, the mission of the Village Earth is “to achieve sustainable community-based development by connecting communities with global resources through training, consulting and networking with organizations worldwide.”

“How the Village Earth is different in its approach is we try to build local capacity so indigenous people can build, fund, and organize projects themselves,” said David Bartecchi, Village Earth director of program development.

Projects of the Village Earth range from providing farmers in Nasik, India with additional irrigation resources and training on advanced agricultural technologies to empowering the people of the Amazon Basin in Peru with resources for education, fish-farming, agriculture and river transportation.

“Rather than coming in and building an irrigation system or something like that, we work with the existing indigenous organizations and build off of what everyone already has,” Bartecchi said.

In September, the Village Earth celebrated with residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation the third release of buffalo on Pine Ridge land as livestock. Three families on the reservation now have buffalo herds, and many more residents are learning how to use their own lands, thanks to Village Earth trainings.

“We give them the training and resources, and they do it all themselves.” Bartecchi said.

Village Earth is always accepting volunteers and also has an internship program in which students can receive course credit for work.

Volunteer and internship programs are both flexible.

Village Earth, the Department of Anthropology and Reflexive Films will be premiering “Rezonomics,” a documentary on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota, on Sunday.

The film, to be shown at 7 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theatre, explores the living conditions of the Pine Ridge Reservation, one of the most impoverished areas of the United States and the Village Earth projects on the reservation.

Immediately following the film will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Pine Ridge residents and anthropology Professor Kathleen Pickering.

Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the Lory Student Center Box office or by calling Village Earth at (970) 491-5754. All proceeds go to support Village Earth’s projects on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Denver Screening of “REZONOMICS” Friday December 16th, 2005

Village Earth, CSU’s department of Anthropology, and Reflexive Films will be screening “Rezonomics” a documentary on the eclectic and inventive survival strategies of residents of one of the most impoverished and marginalized areas of the United States, the Pine Ridge Reservation, SD.

The 45 minute film will be premiering at 7:00pm at the Andenken Gallery at 2110 Market Street in Denver, Colorado. Immediately following the film will be a panel discussion with the filmakers and residents from Pine Ridge.

Advanced tickets can be purchased for $5.00 by calling Village Earth in Fort Collins at 970-491-5754. All proceeds go to support Village Earth’s projects on the Pine Ridge Reservation.