LAKOTA TINY HOUSE NATION
"Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss." - Black Elk
This campaign began with the recent suicides of 5 young teens on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and 7 additional suicide attempts by other teens in the same community. Having developed deep and meaningful relationships with the Lakota Nation over the last 10 years, I was deeply saddened and then angry about this terrible, irrevocable loss of young lives, their promise and potential. Sending my sympathy is not enough. Being in ACTION about these deaths is what everyone connected to this project feels must happen.
In conversation with our LTHN project partners, what became most clear about the young people of Pine Ridge is their desire and willingness to be part of something meaningful and true to the culture. These children and teens have the heart, the intellect, and the desire to do good things, to realize all their potential as Lakota and as young adults. and to be able to navigate this very chaotic and confusing world. While most relatives and friends provide the spiritual and cultural resources needed to make their children's and grandchildren's lives happy and healthy, many of these same families don't always have the financial resources that are also necessary to support their health and wellbeing. Youth sometimes feel a hopelessness that becomes overwhelming.
For those of us who do have the financial resources, and, who can make a donation will help us to build not only Tiny Houses but will add pride, self-esteem and a measure of safety that comes from being part of something positive and worthwhile while not feeling isolated or alone.
Your donation combined with the sweat equity and building supplies that are waiting to be put to use at our staging area in Manderson, SD this summer (just a few miles from Wounded Knee), will help us launch this important project at a time when it will have the greatest impact for these children and families .
The Lakota Tiny House Nation team is asking you to support our LTHN fund to ensure that we have the financial resource in place so that our team can begin accepting applications and prepare to build our first six Tiny Houses in the summer of 2015.
These houses will be built by a dedicated group of mentor/carpenters, electricians and plumbers - from both on and off the Reservation, with a youth-driven team of builders. The youth will also make the decisions about who will receive the finished houses and how they will be used to better the lives of their friends, families and community. Being empowered to make decisions that impact their lives and communities in positive ways is what this is all about.
Your financial help will enable us to launch this project with the capital necessary to build the first six sound, liveable Tiny Homes that can serve as not only homes, but classrooms, food distribution centers, clinics, animal shelters, craft huts, retail stores, welcome centers, safe houses, and much more.
Youth empowered. Youth managed. Youth sustained.
This effort is designed to provide valuable training, job skills, living skills, community-building skills among peers, ownership and equity, and pride in a group of youth that are eager to begin the project. Our further goal is to create a sustainable business and grow it to meet other home and shelter needs while empowering a youth-driven business on the Reservation - a place where jobs are scarce.
Most importantly, this is a Lakota-driven initiative with the support of allies from around the country. It is not outsiders "fixing an Indian problem". It is a thoughtfully considered cooperative action designed to provide a positive solution to a devasting tragedy. We wish to build community and cultural understanding while protecting our most valuable resource...our children.
Any amount you can give will help us purchase materials for the build which will occur over a two week period in July. We anticipate the cost of each house to be between $6000 - $9,000, with some of the materials provided by the recipients themselves and some donated. We are accepting recyleable building materials as well.
Your kindness, generosity and sharing of this campaign is gratefully and deeply appreciated.
Many thanks and welcome to the LakotaTiny House Nation.
This would NOT have been possible without the help of the more than 260 donations that have been made through our GoFundMe campaign; nor the donations In-Kind from our builders, roofer, roofing company and others who have contributed to make this project possible.
Thank you for your generosity and belief in a world that is sustained by cooperation, compassion and kindness. We will continue to work to build more homes as funds allow. Your support (in whatever way you are able) is what makes the difference.
Please Donate. Share. Participate. Focus on the things that bring us together. Thank you!
Thank you to ALL who donated to our project with your love, labor, financial contributions and commitment to children and this beautiful and important culture.
I am so grateful for all of you.
Here is a link to the Froggy Bottom website with information about the guitar and how YOU can participate and support of LTHN's mission. Information is posted on the home page.
Bill McKibben @billmckibben
A fascinating program to help build small but sound houses on the Pine Ridge reservation--pitch in a little!
Thank you, Bill!
Spring will soon be upon us and completion of our Manderson house would be a real gift to our program and to the families we support.
Any donation helps and is deeply appreciated by all of us. Thank you for contributing to sustainable living on Pine Ridge.
Hello what you are doing is amazing helping the youth of your community. I am a Native to Kanata aka Canada....What i would love to see one day is our reservations go completly Traditional and live year round in teepees like our ancestors lived and eat only from the land! Many Natives live in the white man world so to speak they want the money, the vehicles an houses..I honestly believe if we went back to our Tradinaonal ways of life our ancestors and Creator would be honored n proud.. just imagine for a moment that it was your reservation that started to build all the teepees and make ur whole community Traditional that would make the history books for the western world..if only it was that easy
Wouldnt it be more sustainable if you used cob to build the houses so you wouldnt have to cut down what little forests we have left. I live in the only other Carolingian forest left besides whats left of the rain forest. A family decided to sell log homes and deforested a huge stretch of their land and I dont think thats right. Cob is natural and can be taken from the ground where you plan to make a walipini for food storage. Just cause its small doesnt mean its done sustainably. Cob
My husband I visited one of his best friends while in Culinary School. He lived right in the heart of the reservation. Not far from the Nebraska border, only a few miles. Partner leaving we felt it in us to help spread the word. We have a very small following in the U.P. We made this documentary to help show everyone what life is like in Pine Ridge. http://youtu.be/4wg1tdFiXho I pray the money is raised and the reservation can begin to rebuild.
Tess I would be more apt to listening to you but you say you live in the forest, which means you don't mind cutting trees for your home only don't want others to be there. . as for pine ridge I'm sure they would be appreciative for want ever material would be available. Come and try living their hard scable life.
Tess Butler, consider this project instead. It is more to your liking http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/lakotahome/
I would not donate to cutting down trees.
Le logement est un problème récurent sur la Réserve et il faut bien commencer par quelque chose ! Alors renseignez-vous auprès de Lakota Tiny House Nation... les petits projets débouchent souvent sur de grandes réalisations :-)