Yankton Nakota Solar Training and Installation Project

Honor the Earth and the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC) co-sponsored a solar training and installation on the Yankton (Ihanktonwan) Reservation in South Dakota June 4-5, 2009. Henry Red Cloud of Lakota Solar Enterprises led the training and then, as a hands-on demonstration, installed two solar heating panels on the NAWHERC’s transitional housing for women. A community celebration followed the installation. The training, installation and celebration brought together more than 25 Yankton Sioux, Santee Sioux and Lower Brule tribal members to learn about useful the application of solar heat, the ways it can reduce fuel poverty and opportunities for tribes to pursue reservation-based solar initiatives.


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