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Update from Founder Christinia

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

August 26, 2021

Greetings and a warm handshake to each one of you whose eyes take the time to read this post. Below is a report given by Glenn Gilbert, who is the Senior Architect on the Indigeous Wisdom Center.

"Glenn and one RWB student recently returned from a work trip up there. There were also a few Lakota youth who helped towards completing the foundation. The female student hadn't worked with the IWC previously. Glenn stated that "they completed the ninth tire layer on the Northern wall, the soil embankment wall and the seventh layer on the on the eastern and western portions. The heavy timber is sawn, quantities of materials for concrete footings specified, and the steel trusses were "shaken out" and inspected individually.

To proceed with the Heavy Timber workshop, three additional layers on the northern wall must be installed, approximately 110 tires, 70 lineal feet of bond beam, and 12 concrete footings. When these portions of the construction are complete and documented, and youth participants and their accommodations are identified, the Rotary grant request could be resubmitted."

We were told that the rest of this work could be completed in four or five days with only about 5 good volunteers in three or fours days...however, Glenn did say that they were up only for an "extended week-end", which their individual work and school schedules allowed.

Please re-read the work that will need to be done in the third paragraph, and if YOU are someone who is qualified to help us complete this IWC foundation, and you have the time in your schedule to volunteer to go up to Slim Buttes in the southwest corner of the Pine Ridge Reservation for at least three to five days, PLEASE contact me asap as we are working towards being able to sponsor two workshops for 5 Lakota youth to take the two workshops; Heavy Timber Construction and Construction Welding.

We were not able to work on this project for about a year and a half due to the pandemic protocols put in to place off and on the Reservation, and two other illnesses that of neccessity, delayed our project.

You can contact me here or email me at:

Meals, water, coffee, and snacks will be provided. Rough camping accommodations only. There are places to shelter in case of rain, or if you just want to be out of the weather.

Pilamayaye na Wicosani now for you consideration.

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