Red Cloud Renewable Selects 2020 Tribal Scholarship Recipients
June 29, 2020
Now more than ever it is important we are all working toward just and sustainable energy systems. Together we are creating a new way to honor the old ways.
Henry Red Cloud from the Pine Ridge Reservation and Solar Energy International (SEI) have worked together on renewable energy training and projects for almost 20 years. Henry’s non-profit organization, Red Cloud Renewable (RCR) and SEI created the professional level Tribal Train the Trainer (T4) Program that is designed specifically to build the Native American solar workforce, while concurrently providing the solar trainers and tribal solar advocate network that will spread this technology all across Indian Country!
Five Students and an Alternate have been selected to receive full scholarships for this year's professional training program. Recipients of the T4 scholarships are: Gwe Gasco (White Earth), Gail Huebbling (Yankton Sioux), Jon Edwards (Standing Rock), Wambli Red Cloud (Pine Ridge), Chris French (Yankton) and Rachael La Friniere (Turtle Mountain)
These two women and four men from five tribes will receive funding that covers the the cost of their T4 teachers, curriculum and materials, as well as their meals and lodging at the Sacred Earth Lodge, their transportation and the cost for their national NABCEP solar certification test. CoVid 19 precautions will be in place at all times.
RCR has also just hired two of last year's graduates as PV Instructors. Executive Director Henry Red Cloud says, "Marie Kills Warrior and Silas Red Cloud have proven to be skilled and exceptionally dedicated solar instructors. We are looking forward to what the future brings for them and the good work they do sharing their solar electric knowledge with other Tribal members."
Relatedly, new solar training labs are currently under construction on the Pine Ridge Reservation for use by the 2020 Solar Warriors as part of a significant expansion of Red Cloud Renewable's professional level solar training capacity.
This training session, RCR will provide special attention to support solar development efforts on the Yankton Sioux Reservation. Henry says, "Gail Huebbling and Chris French were two of the founders of the Solar Warrior Society at Yankton, and we want to support them and others there to explore the full spectrum of solar possibilities!"
A key part of Red Cloud Renewable's success has been its efforts to build and engage its Solar Champion Network, which consists of employees from tribal governments and colleges, as well as other tribal members and leaders who are willing to help recruit students and also advocate on behalf of increased solar projects on their reservations.
You can find out more about Red Cloud Renewable at https://www.redcloudrenewable.org/ and specifically about our solar Tribal Train the Trainer program at https://www.redcloudrenewable.org/tribal-train-the-trainer