#BuildWithStandingRock Community

This is an incredible time of positive change! 

Standing Rock Youth carried the message of MNI WICONI/Water is Life to Washington DC, in August of 2016,  beginning a movement that has brought together thousands of Indigenous led Water Protectors and Earth Warriors in profound ways to support the just transition to locally based and truly renewable energy sources while protecting our Water, Land, and future.   

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has created the Vision 2030 Decree, which states that "as Original Peoples of the Earth...it is our duty to guide the world back into balance in a manner that provides for our life needs without destroying the source - Our Mother Earth.  We seek to integrate systems that support our rights as indigenous people on the planet - water, food, shelter, energy, and a sustainable form of economy."  

In keeping with the decree, the Tribe has been working with the Indigenous Environmental Network to create a safe Winter Camp  village that is also a profound example of a beautiful, Indigenous sustained community.  This Village is located on tribal lands above the confluence of the Cannon Ball and Missouri Rivers.  They brought together a team of partners including Blue Star Integrative Studio, Biohabitats, Kuruks, Sustainable Nations, Give Power , Give Love , the American Indian Council of Architects & Engineers , and many other key partners to design the Village based on the culture of the Standing Rock people and in honor of the Earth and Water.  

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is grateful for the support of all Water Protectors who have sacrificed and won a first small victory in the movement to stop DAPL - the Army Corps denial of the permit to drill under the sacred Water.   Due to this small victory, Chairman Archambault has called for a pause, to allow Protectors to return home for the Winter, as well as a pause in the construction of the Winter camp.   The Winter Camp  has transitioned to become a larger development, a demonstration that in order to defeat the fossil fuel industry and protect our lands and water we must think, act, design, and build community in dramatically different ways.
Time to bring traditional structures and lifeways back in new and exciting ways! 

We are building the MNI WICONI SUSTAINED COMMUNITY,  a new model, climate adaptive community that will be a sacred gathering place for generations to come. There will be Earthlodges (various types - mound, pit house, hogan, etc.) and other green-built structures to serve as  permanent, solar-powered, water conserving, teaching and demonstration buildings; beautiful examples of contemporary Indigenous architecture and engineering. This is a place to remember and honor the history being made at Standing Rock while celebrating an economy and way of living that is dramatically less dependent on fossil fuels.

The MNI WICONI SUSTAINED COMMUNITY has been designed with traditional architecture and modern low-impact renewable energy + water/waste systems, blending local Indigenous construction techniques that have existed for thousands of years with the latest in technologies and expertise.  MNI WICONI will be a climate adaptive model community, a sacred gathering place for generations to come, and a place to remember and honor the history being made at Standing Rock while celebrating an economy and way of living that is dramatically less dependent on fossil fuels.

With an initial large donation, the Project has started, but there are many more resources needed!  We have a logistical and construction management team in place. There is a budgeted line item cost list prepared by architects, engineers, and general contractors. We have crews ready to begin construction once shipments of materials arrive. There are also cost-matching partners waiting to see how our fundraising goes!  

Winter is here, the time of going inwards, bringing dangerous conditions that do not allow active construction.  Living according to the Earth’s cycles, we are taking this time to build strong partnerships, resources, and financial support to allow us to rebirth the active construction phase of the MNI WICONI Sustained Community in the Spring, constructing  at least 7 Earth Lodges, 6 Straw Bale Buildings, 28 Tiny Homes, and 28 Warm Yurts in the Spring of 2017, enabling traditional indigenous people and allies of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to continue powerful and prayerful work!  

Please consider supporting this profoundly impacting project by contributing at www.buildwithstandingrock.today, or contact us for information on organizing a fundraising circle in your local community, or to offer other support!   

Thank you SO much for standing by our side as we #BuildWithStandingRock TOGETHER and breathe life into this beautiful demonstration of sustainable Indigenous design and construction that will serve as a long term Heritage Site to show the world the power of Native American prayer and ingenuity!

Other worlds ARE possible!

Organizer and beneficiary

Unci Maka
Cannon Ball, ND
Pennelys Droz

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