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Therefore and Henceforth

So...today is about half over and so far it's been a good one. I am driving from Colorado to California starting tomorrow. I am going with my niece , her son, and his friend. We are gonna' go see our relatives out there, my mom's youngest sister and her family. It will be good. We will also go to see my niece/daughter who is married into a California tribe known as the Yokuts. They are wonderful people. I have known their former tribal chair and Spiritual leader, Clarence Atwell, for many years. He actually put me on my first hanblechya and planted my feet on solid a Spiritual path. There was a time I thought I was Yokut. :O)

I believe that I mentioned during my first post that I would offer a bit more information about the "eco-dome" or "dome-home" work that we are doing in Lakota Territory in South Dakota. The "Tiyospaye" (which is the Lakota word meaning "extended family") Crisis Center was founded by the late Muriel Ashmore, one of our female Spiritual teachers. They have been taking a Christmas Project to Wounded Knee for the past twenty seven years and I have been working with them almost twenty of those years in one capacity or another. They were located in Denver, Colorado. After Muriel crossed over, I was doing outreach work with my own small agency called "Winyan Maka" or "Women of the Earth" 65 miles north of Denver in the smaller city of Fort Collins, Colorado. In many areas our work was similar, with the exception of taking on the housing crisis.

Early last year, a few of us revived the Tiyospaye Crisis Center, combined it with the work of Winyan Maka,thus naming the building project, "Tiyospaye Winyan Maka" or "Extended Family of Women of the Earth". I became the Director and it was decided to move far beyond the Christmas Project. "Therefore and henceforth" ( a favorite saying of my daughter :O) ) The building project was born.

I attended a meeting for the "dome home" project yesterday at the Environmental Center at CU Boulder. We had an enthusiastic turnout of young people. We formed a grantwriting/fundraising committee, as we have set the intention to start the work on five double eco-domes this summer; sounds like an incredible amount of work yes?? It is. However, there were seven of us who went to the workshop at Cal-Earth in Hesperia, California and walked away as apprentices. In addition to us we have a wonderful journeyman from Cal-Earth Institute who will guide and help us, as well as University students and community support volunteers. I think that we will have a great turn out. Our first International volunteers, courtesy of SCI (Service Civile International) will arrive June 12th. We hope to have the base camp set up before than but if not, the first volunteers can help us do that.

In addition to the actual "dome home", we will also have a wind turbine workshop so the home owner can learn how to build, install, and maintain not only the turbine, but solar panels as well. Furthermore, I was speaking yesterday at the meeting with a beautiful young Hopi/Dineh woman that has been formally trained in the field of permaculture, and she was msot informative. I asked her at what juncture of the building process a permaculturist would incorporate their work, and she said that they should really be involved from the get go. The design would actually need to be woven into the overall design of the home to gain a full and long range impact for gardening and food sustainability.

If you are not familiar with the work of the late "Mystic Architect", Nader Khalili, I strongly urge you to visit www.calearth.org to see his eternal, hopeful contribution to the world. I would also not hestate to recommend his books which are dictated directly from the compassion and love that he carried for all of mankind. His books are thoughtfully written and oh my goodness, they awaken the imagination of the reader to what possilities lie within each one of us.

When you visit the Cal-Earth site, imagine the eco-dome that you will see with a wind turbine and solar panels close by and a "water reservoir" system incorporated into the house design.

I need to stop now and get ready for my trip. I hope this little entry is not too loosely told or too wordy and that it makes sense to the reader.

This is all I will say for now. Be well each and every one of you, stay strong on your lifes journey, and Wicosani to you and your loved ones.

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