Archives for June 2006

OYATE WICOZANI (Healing the Communty)

Oyate Wicozani and Village Earth recently hosted a organic composting workshop facilitated by John Anderson and Lauren Dittman. Oyate Wicozani is a community-based organization that brings together community leaders, activists, and academics from the reservation who share a common vision of healing and community-based empowerment. The goal of this group in the next year, with support from the Archibald Bush Foundation, will be to develop a model for Lakota governance to strengthen culturally-based institutions and empower the grassroots to serve a greater role in transforming their communities. Gardening will be used as a focus for mobilizing community participation and action in the coming months.

John Anderson is a Master Gardener and Master Composter based in Fort Collins, Colorado whose done consulting and workshops on his craft across the country. He can be reached via email at [email protected].

Adopt-A-Buffalo Campaign: First Bison Calves Born!

We are happy to announce that the first three bison calves were born this May from bison herds established through Village Earth’s Adopt-A-Bison program! The calves are the newest addition to the Red Cloud Tiyospaye’s herd located near Slim Butte on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Since 2003, Village Earth has supported the development of three new bison herds on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The goal of this project is to assist the Lakota in recovering and utilizing their land base in order to help restore the Northern Plains ecology through the reintroduction of bison while also developing a source of income for families. Support for these projects have come primarily through donations to our “Adopt-A-Bison” campaign and European fundraising tours in 2005 and 2006.

A proud Henry Red Cloud stands in front of his family’s herd on land reclaimed from the BIA range unit leasing program – the dream of the late Bernard Red Cloud.