For Immediate Release: Four Scholarships, 7,000 Trees and Work for Artists in the Oglala Sioux Nation
Lakota People’s Law Project, Nomadics Tipi Makers and Red Cloud Renewables Team to Provide Economic and Environmental Support for the Pine Ridge Reservation
As the world holds its collective breath and isolates during the outbreak of COVID-19, one business has teamed with two organizations to create three partnerships with the potential to bring support and healing to people and planet.
Nomadics Tipi Makers is working with the Lakota People’s Law Project, a Native American advocacy organization, to provide support to the people of the Pine Ridge Reservation, including four college scholarships for young Native women and a partnership with artists to produce unique tipi covers. In addition, the Lakota People’s Law Project networked Nomadics with Red Cloud Renewables, a Native-run sustainability business, to plant 7,000 trees on a sacred site in the Black Hills.
Nomadics has supported the work of the Lakota People’s Law Project for several years, and the company’s owners, Jeb Barton and Nicole Loffler, say their cooperation has evolved into a personal connection and mutually respectful friendship.
“Lakota Law’s expertise and understanding of the needs at the Pine Ridge Reservation paired with Nomadics’s creative ideas about sustained support has created some wonderful win-win propositions,” Loffler said.
Nomadics’ owners say that making authentically designed, well-crafted tipis is not just a business, but it’s foremost a project in cultural education and sustainability. “It’s an attempt to steward and guide society toward a respect for nature and for the values exhibited by Native cultures,” said Loffler.
Since Nomadics’ support of the Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in 2016, Loffler said she’s focused on creating a company of expanded ethical accountability. Besides switching all production to 100 percent organically grown cotton, she said the company also pledges to plant one new tree for every tipi pole sold.
Daniel Nelson, director of the Lakota People’s Law Project, suggested that Nomadics link their planting commitment with Red Cloud Renewable. Red Cloud Renewable, 100 percent Native American owned and operated, focuses on bringing renewable energy to the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The organization’s operator, Henry Red Cloud, a MIT Solve Laureate for his solar work, is also engaged in tree planting efforts to restore sacred sites, help reduce energy costs and bring fruit-bearing trees close to homes on the reservation. Red Cloud and his team have received $17,500 from Nomadics to facilitate the planting of 7,000 trees.
“For the past three years, we’ve been doing reforestation project at a sacred site in Bear Butte in the Black Hills,” Red Cloud said. “With help from Nomadics, we’re going to put some fruit-bearing trees out there this year — chokecherries, plums, and buffalo berries, along with about 4,000 cottonwood trees.”
According to Red Cloud, combining work with other organizations that care can make a critical difference for both people and planet. “Partnerships are key at this moment,” he said. “There’s no time to reinvent the wheel. Just partner up with people that are already doing it. It’s important for Native communities to reach a point with economic development where we’re stimulating our own economy and lessening our carbon moccasin print.”
Loffler said that the Lakota People’s Law Project is also helping facilitate Nomadics’ commitment to a new scholarship program for young Native American women. To provide sustained support to Native people, Nomadics’ owners have established a $20,000 per-year scholarship fund which distributes $5,000 each to four young Native American women to attend Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Lakota Law also helped Nomadics collaborate with Native American artists to paint tipi covers with authentic, personal artwork. Nomadics will send the covers to Pine Ridge, where the artists will paint them and receive payment from Nomadics.
Nomadics Tipi Makers is proud that its ethical approach to business has led to the approved membership to “Green America” and “1% for the Planet.”
The Lakota People’s Law Project operates under the 501(c)(3) Romero Institute, a nonprofit law and policy center.
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Today’s glampers have access to a variety of structures, vehicles, and campgrounds or resorts. Within this massive landscape, with endless options, what stands out? In a recent article published on the America Outdoors website, we talk about The Rise of Glamping and Trends in the travel marketplace. The story is about how glamping has evolved, and how a modern glamper has emerged with this booming industry. What stands out most to us at Nomadics Tipi Makers about the modern glamper is that these travelers aspire to vacation in structures, and at locations where the focus is on being earth-conscious, using sustainable materials, practices, and have an ethical culture and caring mission.
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And while we sell many tipis to individuals as a private space to reconnect with nature, we also endeavor to provide campgrounds and glamping sites with unique and beautiful accommodations that offer memorable experiences to their guests, in an authentic and minimalistic environment.
In 2016, we designed a tipi specifically for Campgrounds and Glamping Sites. Our glamping tipi is like no other tipi-structure on the market. From little details, like an oversized 5ft entrance for easier access, a unique zipper door, with a secondary lockable mosquito screen, to a fully functioning toilet inside the tipi, we’ve put caring thought into every aspect of the design. We care about and pay attention to individual details that make the glamping experience in one of our tipis comfortable and unconventional.