Training and Building with the Lakota People
In 2014 EARTHinBLOCKS trained Henry Red Cloud and a crew to build with compressed earth blocks. They built an office for Lakota Solar Enterprises and a home for a Lakota family. In 2019 South Dakota was hit by a "climate bomb" superstorm. Torrential rains flooded Pine Ridge; many people lost their homes. When the flooding subsided, Henry went to his office. His earth block office was the only structure still intact. He then took a hammer to the blocks closest to the foundation. Although water had been 2-3 feet high inside, the blocks were not damaged. Other buildings on the property suffered major damage and had to be taken down.
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