This project uses alliance and small business building to help women trapped in poverty on the Pine Ridge Reservation to lift themselves from poverty. They do this by sharing one of their sacred traditions with the world, quilt making. Through an e-commerce site that we built, we will sell these sacred quilts and share an ancient tradition with the world.
The Pine Ridge Reservation faces the highest poverty on earth, with 97% of the population living below poverty line, unemployment around 85%, and average income is between 2,600 and 3,500. The tribal members on the reservation are those that are most effected by these horrendous conditions.
This project builds and e-commerce site and systems for preserving the ancient art of quilt making for the modern world. The business that the e-commerce site generates will supplement the income of those individuals that are on the reservation and help them build a local economy.
This project has the potential to effect thousands of Sioux, as well as other tribes. Through alliance building this project can help create an economy that can effect potentially tens of thousands of Native Americans through connecting some of their most sacred art making with customers worldwide.
Global Peace Train Home Page
Tribal Traditions of the Lakota Sioux Website
Video about the Tribal Traditions Project