The legislation providing a waiver to Minnesota State Building and Fire Codes for Indigenous building practices was just signed into law by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on June 30, 2021. We have already received the waiver we need for earthlodge building from the Minnesota State Fire Marshal and are just waiting now on the waiver from the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry. This is the last hurdle before we are free to build earthlodges in our homeland without being criminalized!
Wopida tanka to everyone who wrote letters, made phone calls and lobbied for our bill.
My family, Oglala Lakota, Oceti Sakowin would like volunteer. I have experience in building trades and cultural knowledge. Another plus is that teach the language. Is there a camp there while working.
Oceti Sakowin people are always welcome on site. If you have construction experience, even better! Please contact us at the email address for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.