Earth Tipi continues to inspire self-sufficiency on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

June 28, 2013

Earth Tipi continues to inspire self-sufficiency on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

The nonprofit organization Earth Tipi organized several fruit tree plantings last month throughout the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation which was part of a grant secured by the Fruit Free Planting Foundation.

Through the grant, Earth Tipi facilitated planting 300 fruit trees at Little Wound School, Red Cloud Indian School, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, Whiteclay Soup Kitchen and Oglala Lakota College.

Located on the reservation in Manderson, SD, Earth Tipi works to empower and encourage the community to be self-sufficient by teaching them to grow organic food and build natural homes. Head up by Shannon Freed, Earth Tipi features two natural-built homes (one still in progress) on her father-in-law Gerald Weasel's land. Along with building projects, the location acts as a teaching destination where community members and visitors can learn skills such as permaculture, plant identification and living off the land.

Gerald Weasel
Gerald Weasel

The walls of the second home at Earth Tipi are wood-framed and made with clay and straw. They were later plastered with fine white clay and sand with milk as a binder.
The walls of the second home at Earth Tipi are wood-framed and made with clay and straw. They were later plastered with fine white clay and sand with milk as a binder.

The walls of the second home at Earth Tipi are wood-framed and made with clay and straw. They were later plastered with fine white clay and sand with milk as a binder.
Adam Weasel sands cabinets meant for the second house Earth Tipi
built on the Weasel family's land.



Learn more about the work Earth Tipi is doing in the video above.
Read previous stories about the organization below:

New orchard latest food sovereignty project for Earth Tipi on Pine Ridge

Fruit orchard planting finished on Pine Ridge

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