Original Green Distribution is arranging for a team of architects, builders, designers, photo journalists, teachers and renewable energy experts to travel to The Pine Ridge Reservation in Manderson, South Dakota on September 28th-30th. Our experts will be working with the people of Pine Ridge to design sustainable, energy efficient and eco friendly housing which will break ground in the Spring of 2013. Our team will also be working together with the community during this time to finish building the Community Center at Pine Ridge Reservation for an immediate improvement.
The event will be documented by our photographer Darin Back and by The Lakota Media Project to continue to tell the story of Alex White Plume and his family and the people of Pine Ridge Reservation.
This initial trip will be the start of future fund raising efforts towards the massive goal of rebuilding the Pine Ridge community one home at a time. The homes will be built by the community, for the community with the most advanced eco technology, including Hemp and Lime construction, Solar Energy, Green Rooftops, Eco Sanitation systems and many other sustainable building materials and technologies.
About Pine Ridge:The Pine Ridge Reservation is one of the most destitute areas in the nation. There is an 80 percent unemployment rate. 49 percent of the residents live below the Federal poverty level (61 percent of those under the age of 18). Despite numerous efforts of community leaders like Alex White Plume to bring economic independance to the Pine Ridge community there have been many setbacks.
The film Standing Silent Nation tells the story of Alex White Plume and his family and their struggle to grow Industrial Hemp on sovereign soil. Despite Industrial Hemp having less than one percent THC, the DEA has labeled the Hemp plant a Schedule 1 narcotic. There are tens of thousands of uses for this plant which itself is carbon negative and actually pulls carbon out of the air during its growing process. The Hemp plant is also one of the most sustainable plants on the planet and is the only plant that truly thrives in the soil at Pine Ridge.
We are also advocates for the legalization of the growing of Industrial Hemp in the United States. We support Alex White Plume and his family and hope that what we're doing here can start to make a difference at Pine Ridge. Our team for this trips consists of the Original Green Distribution Crew, Ken Anderson (founder of Original Green Distribution), Mandy Cox, Rik Horton, Designer and Contractor from Encompass Arts and Original Green Distribution, Dan Noyes, Dean of Academics at Vesper College, Darin Back of Darin Back Photography, Tom Reinke of Sundial Solar Energy.
We are working diligently to change the laws that prevent the growing of Industrial Hemp on U.S. soil and to educate people about the many uses and benefits of Industrial Hemp and it's sustainability factors as well as the potential it has to stimulate and even save our economy by creating thousands of new jobs throughout the United States.
Were will the funding go?
*Hemp and Lime to finish the Community Center.
* Van Rental and Gasoline from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Manderson, South Dakota.
*Trailer rental for transportation of materials.
*Lodging for our crew while in SD.
*Cost of basic materials...batteries, timber, nails, equipment rental, drafting supplies, hemp and lime building supplies to repair community center, etc...
*Site evaluation with Architects.
*Photo Journalist / Documentary Crew costs. Plus cost of printing and editing.
*Promotion and publicity
*Fullfillment of Rewards.
Any contribution to this effort is very much appreciated.