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October 03, 2016
BENEFITING: Trees, Water and People
Standing Rock is at the epicenter of the grassroots struggle to protect our nation’s water. Since April, the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies have been taking a stand against the crude oil pipeline that Dakota Access, LLC, has been trying to put across the Missouri River just above their land, which, if it were to leak, would contaminate not just their main water source, but one of our country's main waterways. Together with over 200 indigenous tribes and nations the Standing Rock Sioux have been peacefully holding vigil as Protectors of the Water.
They plan to make their camp sustainable through the winter, but they have two challenges they need to take into consideration.
First, open media coverage. The Dakota Pipeline company, with the help of some of the local authorities and private security firms, has been trying to paint a picture of violent protesters in any way they can in order to draw sympathy for their work and build a case against the peaceful camp that has been growing. Cell phone service is spotty at best. Many activists and supporters have experienced gaps in their Facebook accounts making it impossible to post what is happening, even when they can receive and see other posts from elsewhere. Reporters such as Amy Goodman have arrest warrants out against them for trespassing, and anyone with a camera is getting targeted for arrest at the work sites. One of the most critical supports we can offer Standing Rock is reliable broadcasting capability so that they can keep the world informed about what is really happening, rather than have things escalate in secret and get reported with spin by the local authorities and DAPL. For this we need a strong solar generator to connect to the radio tower. THIS IS FULLY FUNDED!! THANK YOU!!
The second pressing issue is the approach of winter, and keeping people safe from the cold. We are working with Standing Rock tribal members, Winona LaDuke and Henry Red Cloud, long time Lakota renewable energy advocate, who co-manages the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Together with input from Trees, Water & People, a non-profit in Fort Collins, Colorado, Namaste Solar in Boulder, Colorado, and Solar Energy International, they are putting together a fluid plan for power, shelters and heating. The goal is to bring in supplies that are not just relevant to this winter's challenges, but that can be reallocated after this trial has passed, so that nothing is wasted, and so that your support becomes a lasting legacy that is felt for years to come.
For these two reasons we are asking for your support in purchasing and/or acquiring the equipment and supplies listed below. All donations will pass through the Colorado non-profit organization Trees, Water & People and are tax deductible.
I. Solar Generator: ($27,000)- Fully Funded!! Thank you!
This unit will benefit many Native Americans for up to 20 years. For this specific winter, it will not only be able to keep the camp radio station going and expand its current reach, it will also provide power for the power tools for constructing proper winter shelters. After the camp use, this system will be transported to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation where it will be used as a teaching unit and made available, as needed, at future camps and events.
II. Building Supplies: ($19,000)
After researching sustainable housing, Henry Red Cloud is recommending single room straw bale community shelters. These will be temporary shelters for this winter.
Five Straw Bale Structures - $7,000
- 1000 Straw Bales (200 bales per building)
- Lumber: 2x6s, 2x4s 4x8 plywood sheets
- Screws: 2" to 2-1/2"
- Twine: heavy duty, like is used on bales of hay/straw
- Heavy duty tarps
- Duct tape
- Rechargeable battery-powered drills
- Constructions tools
5 Off-Grid Solar Furnaces (one per shelter) delivered and installed - $12,000 total ($2,400 each)
For more information on the furnaces, visit: http://www.treeswaterpeople.org/programs/tribal_renewable_energy/solar_heaters/solar_heaters.html and http://www.lakotasolarenterprises.com/solar-heating/.
Other useful items, if we exceed our financial goals above:
- Canvass walled tents
- Canvass and carpet for floors of tents or tipis
- Canvass and industrial-grade tarps in bulk
- Wool socks, gloves, thermal underwear
- *Straw* bales for the horses at camp
- Firewood and charcoal
Thank you, and please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions!