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A non-profit that provides marginalized communities with novel, efficient housing and locally owned renewable energy solutions.


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Our current mission is to solve the long standing problem of egregiously substandard housing in Native American communities. We work closely with respected Native leaders, leveraging our novel building technology to deliver extremely energy efficient, long lasting, eminently livable homes for individual families and communities at a price point low enough to credibly address the scale of the need.

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InOurHands was initially founded with the mission of providing renewable energy and sustainability solutions for marginalized communities. While executing our first project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, our partner, Chief Henry Red Cloud, brought our attention to the unacceptable living conditions endured by the Plains Tribes of the American Midwest.

Henry challenged us to make his lifelong dream a reality: to identify a novel housing technology capable of enduring the myriad climatic challenges of life on Pine Ridge, inexpensive enough to meet the scale of the problem, and sufficiently well built to provide families with a true foundation — a home that can provide stability, warmth, and pride.

The result of our effort to fulfill Henry’s vision exceeds his — and indeed our own — expectations. With no more energy input than that provided by a few solar panels, our homes provide warmth in the biting cold, cool in the blazing heat, and are proven to be tornado and pest proof. Not only can this technique meet the economic and climactic challenges posed by the harshness of the region, but it is designed for rapid deployment, with a single building system capable of constructing 5 homes every day.

Our goal for 2022 is to construct 40-60 homes on several reservations of the Northern Great Plains. We will use this season to train a team of 8-10 members of the Lakota Nation to be capable of both implementing and teaching this novel building method. In 2023, each of these individuals will in turn run their own team. In this way we will incrementally increase the scope of the project on an annual basis, with the goal of multiple teams with the combined capacity to construct up to thousands of homes per year, until the need has been fully met.

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Without stability, no forward progress is possible, and stability is exactly what we aim to provide with this project: stability for Native people to live in harmony with the land, stability for them to more effectively advocate for themselves, and stability to amplify their voice and articulate their philosophy — which in turn benefits us all.


Past Project Highlights


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In 2017, InOurHands partnered with Red Cloud Renewable with the goal of bringing more solar to Pine Ridge. Red Cloud Renewable is the first native-led nonprofit to offer NABCEP solar certification for First Nation people, with the goal of training natives from all the 37 northern plains tribes and beyond. In partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI), they're providing training and certification for new solar warriors, and at the end of the year these graduates will present the SEI Solar 101 course to a new group of students at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. In an effort to increase solar capacity, Red Cloud Renewable now offers a course called the Tribal Train the Trainer program, where native graduates are trained to teach others about solar installation.

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Recently, our partner Chief Henry Red Cloud began providing on-site NABCEP certification to native students as well as educating them to train the next generation of Lakota Solar Warriors.

Today, a number of Henry's students have gone on to start their own successful, Lakota-run Solar businesses. A handful of Red Cloud Renewable graduates will play integral roles providing renewable energy solutions in support of our joint rehousing program.

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20 kW Solar @ KILI Radio

KILI Radio, "The Voice of the Lakota Nation" - an independent, commercial-free radio station funded entirely by donations from global listeners - just gained energy independence! InOurHands partnered proudly with Red Cloud Renewable, Lakota Solar, Thunder Valley CDC, Sunset Power Solutions, Remote Energy, Johnny Weiss Solar, and a number of dedicated volunteers, to complete this 20 Kw ground-mount solar array. Just one step closer to energy sovereignty in Pine Ridge.

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