About.

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. 

Experiences

$300-400/person
August 26 - September 03, 2018
  • medicinal plants
  • Water Systems
  • Renewable Energy
  • cultural exchange
  • permaculture
  • local language class
  • community projects
  • natural building
  • dance
  • food
  • yoga
  • Soil Science
CALLING ALL BUILDERS, HEALERS, AND LOVERS OF EARTH.The Indigenous Wisdom & Permaculture Skills Convergence is an ecological infrastructure build at a community center that serves the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, August 26th  - September 3rd. This gathering will bring together renowned ecological teachers, tribal members, and participants from around the country to learn, create, and practice eco-design and...

Key Stats.

Year founded

2000

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.

Sleeping

  • tent camping

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals

Internet

  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Opportunities

OLCERI is currently offering the following opportunities:

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

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