The Oglala Lakota Cultural & Economic Revitalization Initiative (OLCERI) is designed to restore resilience, self-sufficiency, economic independence, and cultural revival among the Lakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

OLCERI is a demonstration site for enduring and sustainable practices rooted in permaculture, holistic land management and the Lakota culture. Adaptable systems including food security, education, natural building and housing, cottage industry, environmental stewardship, and others serve as a resource for implementation throughout the Pine Ridge community and beyond. OLCERI is part of a growing network of nonprofits and community change makers within Pine Ridge reservation working to address challenges like food security, extreme poverty, and lack of adequate housing through following the guidance of the Lakota medicine wheel and elements. 

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

100 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Lakota
  • English

People on site

2 - 150

Dry season

March to August

Wet season

November to February

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals


  • medium: voice calls (no video)


OLCERI is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • permaculture
  • water catchment
  • greenhouse
  • aquaponics
  • cooking
  • natural building
  • ceremony
  • Permaculture design
  • seed saving

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