Within Lakota culture, there is a prophecy known as the Prayer of 7 Generations. The prayer was offered by Chief Red Cloud in the hope that his 7th generation descendants would meld the good of the Lakota people with the good of European descendants and together we would walk a new path in harmony with our world. Today, the 7th generation walks the earth.
The shape of our symbol has meaning in Lakota culture. The dome is the shape of the Lakota sweat lodge, a place of prayer, healing, and community. The circle is also the symbol of life. Our symbol is the shape of the homes we produce. On the western side, in the mathematical field of set theory, ∩ represents what can be described as togetherness — it encompasses the parts of two different sets that are the same.
In keeping with the Prayer of 7 Generations, our symbol represents healing and unity. Our homes draw both from the spirit of the Lakota culture and design and the benefits of Western technology. We draw meaning from both to work together to forge a new path.
Our mission is to leverage our building technique to support those in need by providing warmth, stability, economic opportunity, and hope.
A home is so much more than its physical manifestation in the world. It is a place of togetherness, of gathering, of sharing, and of connecting. It is also an opportunity. The act of building a home can be an enriching educational experience. In building a home people gain vocational skills, create art, forge friendships, and find meaning.
We take our first steps toward fulfilling our mission on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In building homes with this community, we will hire and train local workers and crafters. We will purchase local products. We will commission local artists. We will source local materials. With our partners at Red Cloud Renewable, we will develop local manufacturing and produce the components we require and we will mentor the creation of local Lakota owned businesses. In doing so, we help to make the community as resilient as the structures we build together.
Aaron graduated Cum Laude from Amherst College with degrees in both Bio-Chemistry/Bio-Physics and Planetary Science and comes from a background of community service as a paramedic. He is a published co-author in the journal Nature, and has worked with NASA and SwRI in support of the New Horizons mission. He is an experienced blacksmith and carpenter. He’s passionate about egalitarianism and unleashing the tools of the 21st century to solve some of our most pressing problems, and to do it in a way that connects people, builds communities, and empowers us all to live the change we seek.
Jason graduated Cum Laude from Amherst College with degrees in both Environmental Studies and Geology. He has worked with NASA and SwRI in support of the New Horizons mission, and has decades of experience in the construction industry prior to his time in Academia. Passionate about planetary science, sustainable development, social justice, economics, and all things living, he strives to find innovative solutions to some of our world’s most pressing systematic problems.
Crispy is a journeyman electrician, NABCEP certified solar installer, former professor of renewable energy, chief judge in the United States for freestyle skiing, and has experience as general manager of solar installations up-to-and-including MegaWatt scale systems. He’s passionate about creating opportunities to train students of all ages on the ins-and-outs of solar installations, and using that medium to make STEM education exciting and fun.
Candy is an interior architectural designer, ceramic artist, professional seamstress and
carpenter with a love of travel and adventure. During her long career she installed many
original ceramic murals in homes around the country, owned the Color Wheel, a paint
your own pottery business which later expanded into the [email protected] program for
Princess Cruise Lines, taught workshops around the world and created a one woman
show for Jenggala Keramik in Bali. She is passionate about merging beauty and functionality resulting in homes that are not only efficient but aesthetically pleasing. She hopes to inspire that same pride of place in others.
Leo is a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribe. Leo has worked with InOurHands since they first arrived on Pine Ridge in 2018. His dream is to work with InOurHands to implement the vision of providing homes to Native Tribes across the country. Ultimately Leo aspires to to own his own business working to build domes and train others to do so around the world.
My father’s bloodline comes from the Indigenous People of the Arctic, the semi-nomadic reindeer herders known as the Saami. As an advisor/consultant for IOH.love, I advocate for culturally connected and appropriate homes that promote safety, health, and happiness. Indigneous Peoples are often left out of the decision-making process when it comes to home allocation or decision-making. IOH.love is changing that by having conversations with Indigenous folks about the type of housing they want, need, and deserve.
I love bringing my creative gifts into communications and marketing materials. As an educator and writer, I know the value of storytelling as a way to bring more humanness to our exchanges, to really connect with each other, to share our knowledge and experiences.
I value intentional partnership building that is mutually beneficial. I love growing food and relationships! And would love to get to know you more.
My journey to Pine Ridge started in Massachusetts, the lands of the Nipmuc and Massachusett tribes. While volunteering on Cheyenne River Reservation, I met Chief Henry and the InOurHands team and joined them to help finish up the smaller dome. I was fascinated by the innovation and mission at Red Cloud Renewable. After continuing to volunteer for RCR while traveling in Mexico in a camper van, I was brought on to help with strategy, project management, campus maintenance, and more. As a guest speaker at my alma mata, I remember informing students that volunteering is a viable pathway to employment, despite not knowing anyone who had. Now I’m living it and I’m very grateful.
Rob met the InOurHands team in September of 2022 during their build out of the production model dome. He immediately recognized the potential for the dome housing technology to make a positive impact on his community. Rob owns a saw mill and provided all of the rough cut timber that was used in the production of the current model. He works with InOurHands to develop protocols for the fair distribution of homes, assists with outreach, and plans to work with InOurHands to run local teams in building homes and businesses on Pine Ridge.
Rez was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She now works with the InOurHands team to ensure spirits remain high. She specializes in security, and the removal of edible scraps.
Our vision is that one day our homes will be found all over the world. We aim to provide stability, skills, and opportunity to marginalized communities, but we also aim to make a significant positive environmental impact.
The extreme efficiency of the homes we build greatly reduces or eliminates the energy required for heating and cooling. Likewise, the comfort and dignity provided by having a home supports the community’s ability to engage in civic action, so they can be stewards of their land.
To make such an impact, our vision must always be to work ourselves out of a job. That means providing the community with all of the skills and infrastructure required to carry the ball forward themselves. It means helping them obtain financing, building businesses, employing artists and workers, and begin growing opportunities themselves.
In this way we can move from community to community, expanding the circle until that circle encompasses us all.
We will plant the seeds and nurture them, until the plants can nourish themselves.
The homes we build are not only beautiful, they are also unbelievably resilient. They are constructed from cellular concrete, a substance which is simultaneously insulating and structurally sound. This eliminates most if not all of the requirement for heating and cooling. In cold climates, the simple act of having the heat from five human bodies within one of our homes can be the difference between life and death. They are: