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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