Archives for September 2013

Camp on the Majestic Knife Chief Buffalo Pasture

The Knife Chief Buffalo Nation is happy to announce the launch of a new opportunity to guest to visit and camp on our buffalo pasture near the community of quiet Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Guests can now book our campsite using a global site that connects travelers with unique accommodations all around the globe. See our listing below or view it at AirBnB.


VE Affiliate, Knife Chief Buffalo Nation to host Historical Trauma Conference

Oyate Woakipa Ta Woospe

Historical Trauma: Impact and Healing


October 11-12, 2013
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, Rapid City, SD

Benefit Conference for the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation)

Presenters: Hmuya Mani (Richard Two Dogs,), Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart and others


Historical Trauma—”the collective emotional and psychological injury both over the life span and across generations, resulting from a cataclysmic history of genocide. The effects of historical trauma include: unsettled emotional trauma, depression, high mortality rates, high rates of alcohol abuse, significant problems of child abuse and domestic violence” ( This two day workshop will show how historical trauma has impacted Lakota and indigenous peoples and how we can integrate healing from historical trauma into our families, schools, programs and communities. Registration and Lodging information attached.


Conference Fee: $300.00



 Make Checks of Money Orders Payable to Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization and send to:

Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Organization
PO Box 294
Porcupine, SD 57772


Lodging Information

There is a block of rooms reserved at the conference hotel Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn at the rate of $131.00/night + tax. Mention the “Historical Trauma Healing Conference” when making the reservations, telephone number 605-348-4000. Reservation Deadline September 25th, 2013.


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Maloca Forges New Partnerships in Brazil

During a trip to Brazil in the summer of 2013 Maloca consolidated relations with an indigenous community in Xingu, in the state of Mato Grosso. Discussions with community members and leaders revealed areas of various future collaborations between Maloca and the community, like cultural preservation, food security, and education.

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EYC Prepares for a New Batch of Students Entering University

The team from Empowering Youth in Cambodia (EYC) has been distributing scholarship applications and meeting with enthusiastic recent high school graduates who are committed to a university education.  EYC has a large pool of students who just graduated high school in their 4 community centers around poor areas of Phnom Penh and hope to help at least 8 enter university.  According to Drew McDowell, EYC Country Manager, the first meeting is listening to what kind of work they think they want to do, and helping them choose a major.  Next, the local staff can discuss the schools that seem the best for them.


The students come from families whose education was disrupted by war, so their parents really value education and what it brings.  The families generally have limited resources for guiding them in their education while the EYC staff have graduated university in the last 5 years and keep abreast of what is happening in higher education in Phnom Penh.

EYC has helped over 25 students to attend university, and continues to work with them throughout their university studies with medical and dental care, life skills training, job and internship placement, English and computer training and more.

Cambodian universities mostly start in October and the amount of students they will be able to help will depend on what they can raise through the end of September.  Make a donation to EYC’s scholarship program.

Decolonizing Methodologies Author to Speak in Fort Collins

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngâti Awa and Ngâti Porou) is a Professor of Education and Mâori Development and Pro Vice Chancellor Mâori at The University of Waikato/Te Whare Wânanga o Waikato. Professor Tuhiwai Smith is known internationally as a researcher, educator and public speaker on issues related to Indigenous education, development and research methodology. Her critically acclaimed book, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, transformed the fields of educational research and critical epistemology. This lecture is brought to you by CSU”s Department of Anthropology, Department of Communication Studies, Native American Cultural Center and Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

Village Earth is utilizes sections of her book “Decolonizing Methodologies” in our Community-Based Mapping and Participatory Research and Development Courses.


Eco Friendly Volunteers (Eco-V) Slide-show

Update from Kanchana Weerakoon, Director of Eco-V, Sri Lanka
ECO-V is a non-profitable voluntary organization established in 2001, engaged in environmental conservation in Sri Lanka. ECO-V has a network of 400 volunteers throughout Sri Lanka who contribute to research and community work to support conservation of the environment. They are always looking for local and international volunteers.
We continue the “Nature Kids” program to connect kids under 12 with Mother Nature. We started this with 6 kids in May and now we have over 67 registered and average number of participants on every Thursday is 30! We are getting more invitations to run one day workshops for kids in international schools, Pre-schools and company societies.

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In parallel with “Nature kids” we have another program on every fortnight targeting semi rural kids. It’s also becoming popular among kids and parents.

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Due to continued requests we had from people, we started weekly running educational stall at Good Market in Colombo. Its all about conservation education and green consumerism.
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We we continue our work on training and Nature education area successfully.
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