Starting my Spiritual Preparation to Visit Lakota Sioux Enterprises: Jimmy Carter Library

“A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people; harnessing the power of the Sun to enrich our lives as we move away from our crippling dependence on foreign oil.”

-Jimmy Carter

Today, I got tired of drifting.  I met a new friend who likes Chinese poetry and she is really helping me the past few days dig out of darkness.  I was going to Truly Living Well on a whim to see if I could find work there when I realized that I need to get prepared for my visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation (4/20-5/20).  I was driving by the Jimmy Carter Library and decided to stop by.  They have a Farmer’s Market and this is a good place to network, write, and do research for my next chapter as a writer and poet of Spirit.

Here are my notes from the library today.  I am going every day from now on until I go out to South Dakota to research these topics.  I stumbled on some very interesting things.

Doug Castle, EPA

Prophet from the Plains, book, University of Georgia Press, Atlanta Magazine, Oct. 2007.

Habitat for Humanity, Lakota Sioux, Book “Habitat for Humanity: Building Private Homes, Building Public Religion, p. 38, Jimmy Carter got an eagle feather from the Lakota elders

Idea 1:  Introduce solar and wind energy into habitat for humanity, write email tomorrow.

What was going on with Israel and Palestine at that time?

What is social enterprise in buisness?

Indian Child Welfare Act (1978)

-Before as much as 25 to 35 % of Indian children put in non-Indian homes.

Book, Pigs in Heaven.

Jimmy Carter’s Presidency face fierce gas shortages

What happened to Lakota heating bills then?

The Sun Dance was outlawed until 1978 with passage of American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 it was legalized.  Sweat lodge before and after.  (AIRFA)

Peyote, bones of eagles, land access –>  issues.

PL 95-341; 92 Stat. 469

Amy Carter is an activist, has been arrested before.

Iranian Revolution (1979)

1979 Energy Crisis

1973 Oil Crisis

July 15, 1979 “Crisis of Confidence Speech”

“Malaise Speech”

Jimmy Carter installed solar panels to heat water on the White House and used a wood burning stove for heat in living quarters.

No photography of Sun dance.

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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