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The Solar Warrior of Pine Ridge

By Laurie Brickman, Contributor, U.S. News & World Report

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. — Henry Red Cloud built Lakota Solar Enterprises and the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on his family’s land, a plot of some 30 acres near a remote stretch of highway here. On an isolated expanse of the Northern Plains, it’s one of the harshest environments in the U.S., where temperatures in the winter can drop below zero, the frigidity punctuated by fierce storms able to drop power lines in furies of ice and wind.

But Red Cloud doesn’t see the extreme conditions as a handicap. For the last two decades, he has thrown himself into establishing a renewable energy program that can serve as an anchor for heating, electricity and job growth on Pine Ridge, home to the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe. Read more here.

Photo: Henry Red Cloud has led 1,500 trainings for representatives of dozens of tribes in the Northern Plains region.

Red Cloud’s Revolution: Oglalla Sioux freeing themselves from fossil fuel

By Saul Elbein, Mongabay Series: Global Environmental Impacts of US Policy

  • Henry Red Cloud, like so many Oglalla Sioux young men, left the reservation to work in construction. When he returned home in 2002, he needed a job, and also wanted to make a difference. He attended a solar energy workshop and saw the future.
  • Today, Red Cloud runs Lakota Solar and the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, which have become catalysts for an innovative new economic network – one that employs locals and connects tribes, while building greater energy independence among First Nations.
  • The company is building and installing alternative energy systems, and training others to do the same, throughout remote areas of U.S. reservations, thus allowing the Sioux and others to leap past outdated fossil fuel technology altogether.
    Read more here.

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