A huge thank you for your generosity for this important project!
Our first news is that our initiative to build sustainable house in Wounded Knee, Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, South Dakota was selected as a top-ten entry in the GlobalGiving.UK "Celebrate Innovation" contest in May. Our project will therefore be featured on GG.UK's home page.
Our second big news is that project leader Christinia Eala will arrive today in Wounded Knee to supervise the pouring of the foundation for the first Eco-dome home, using all volunteer labor. Volunteers will learn valuable construction skills in the process of building urgently needed healthy homes for their community.
At this point, we have many more volunteers than we have building materials to keep them busy. Please continue to donate generously. This project is paradigm-changing for the Lakota people.
Thank you for supporting Indigenous youth leadership exchanges. Our current emphasis is on supporting Altai students of traditional music, especially throat-singing, to complete their university studies so they can contribute to their communities as professional sound-healers and carriers of culture.
A representative for a granting agency once told me that they do not require Altai people to individually present evidence of financial need, because although their culture is rich, their wallets have not been. For students leave their villages to study, outside financial assistance is necessary.
We have supported one group of about six students for two years now, and that group still has two years of study remaining. However, a new group of young students is now ready for university study, so, to support them as well, the needs are increased.
I invite you to continue contributing to this important process, maybe even with a monthly subscription donation.
Like a bad dream, this horrific boondoggle pipeline project directly through the UNESCO World Heritage Site on the ecologically fragile Ukok Plateau has risen again.
We had such hope last fall, when it was revealed that there was about a 25% difference between what China was willing to pay, and what Russian wanted to receive.
But Gazprom has now stated its intention to move forward with the pipeline construction, even though there is no agreement with China on price, even though the costs will outweigh the projected profits, even though it is a gross violation of Russia's commitment to protect world heritage sites, even though it is in violation of Russian environmental laws.
The only winner will be the huge construction companies that build the pipeline. Your donation will directly support the Altai activists resisting this travesty on behalf of their people, but also on behalf the the world.