Chief Henry Red Cloud is from Red Cloud Renewable, a Native-led nonprofit on the Pine Ridge Reservation that focuses on finding energy-efficient solutions for the people who live there. Henry and his family are direct lineal descendants of Mahpiya Luta (Red Cloud). Mahpiya Luta played a crucial role in the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868.
Drawing on his family and cultural history, Henry will share the cultural connections of the life-giving power of the sun and its relationship to the way the Lakota people have honored that force through the Sun Dance Ceremony.
Henry will also reflect on the history and sacred nature of the Black Hills to the Lakota people—and the work that remains to be done by Western science to ensure that current research in our area becomes accessible to all.