Solar Woman Warrior: Cheyenne Poor Bear

Sustainable Development, Sustainable Livelihoods

GRID - Cortney, Quentin, Shirley, Cheyenne

By Jamie Folsom, National Director

Renewable energy fields like solar are a bright pathway for women, and for Cheyenne Poor Bear (Oglala Lakota), solar technologies are a great opportunity to live out her values and traditions.

“Growing up Native, we always emphasized taking care of Mother Earth and trying to do less harm. This way of thinking was instilled in us.”

Cheyenne’s opportunity to step through the door into the solar industry came last year during a workshop to install solar PV systems for Lakota Solar Enterprises’ office building and an energy-efficient home for Oglala Sioux Tribal Housing. In partnership with GRID Alternatives, Trees, Water & People hosted the eight-day workshop at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center.

Cheyenne learning to install a solar PV array at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. Cheyenne learning to install a solar PV array at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center.

After the training, Cheyenne kept in contact, looking for opportunities to take the next steps. She had…

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Arapaho Lands

The Decolonial Atlas

How the Lands are Named in Arapaho. Research by the Arapaho Project at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Map by Jordan Engel. Heeneisih’iinou’u biito’owuu (How the Lands are Named) in Hinono’eitiit (Arapaho). Research from the Arapaho Project at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Map by Jordan Engel.

Hinono’eino (Arapaho) knowledge of the land extends far and wide across the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and beyond. This map covers the modern states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. A big thanks to Dr. Andrew Cowell and all the folks who have helped with the Arapaho Project at the University of Colorado. More information, and an interactive Arapaho Place Name Map, can be found here: http://www.colorado.edu/csilw/arapahoproject/map/index.html .

List of place names appearing on this map. Hinono’eitiit place name – English place name / “Translation into English”

3ooxone’ – Medicine Bow Mountains / “At the (woman’s stone) hammer”

3ooxone’ Noho’oooyoo’ – Rocky Mountains / “The hammer mountain range”

3iikoneiniicie – Green River, WY / “Skeleton river”

Beesniicie – Yellowstone River / “Big river”

Bei’i’einiicie –…

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