T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Update #5: Spring Planting! Summer Build!

July 6, 2009 by  
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Dear Friends,

With the slackening of the Spring Rains, the Summer Build kicks into construction phase.

garden2-250-right-alignSo far this summer, we’ve been able to clear and plant a tremendous garden, with 14 rows of vegetables including bush beans, sweet corn, butternut, buttercup & summer squash, as well as onions, radish, 5 types of lettuce, artichokes, peppers, and 2 full rows of tomatoes. Many thanks to Michael who braved the 2+ day bus ride from Connecticut to help us with clearing the rows of weeds and planting the many crops.

We’ve taken care of the summer weeding and cleared the ground for the Greenhouse, as well as making planning preparations for the small-scale wind and solar we will be gearing up in the next few weeks.

To date, we’ve had an awesome response of folks who are looking to help us out in the coming two months, and we are greatful for the fantastic words of support. If you are free and available to come out to the School and help us finish out the T.R.E.A.T.Y. School, as well as work on the wind turbines, get muddy in the garden or help build the T.R.E.A.T.Y. Greenhouse, please contact David Grefrath as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

605-867-1025
build@treatyschool.org

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T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Update #4 – Summer Build Begins!

May 11, 2009 by  
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T.R.E.A.T.Y. Update #4

Dear Friends and Freedom Lovers,

As the last of the snows melts back and the turkeys finish up ruffling their feathers, the T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Summer Build has begun.

We wanted to let you know some of the progress to date and what we are looking forward to in the coming months at the T.R.E.A.T.Y. School & Ranch.

Completed tasks to date:

-T.R.E.A.T.Y. Dorm site finalized.
-Project Leads for Earthen Brick Dorm Construction & Completion of T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Tipi finalized.
-1/2 acre Garden site cleared of weeds as part of the spring burn-off.  Returned ashes and coffee grounds to the earth. Removed fencing enabling us to TRIPLE! the size of the garden.
-Garden half plowed, with remainder of plowing & field tilling to follow this week (Thanks to Bo, Brady & Dwayne who brought over the Tom Cook’s Tractors!)
-Volunteers scheduled with specialties ranging from Plumbing, Construction and Electrical work to Permaculture and Mold Remediation experts.
-Cleared fence-line of fallen trees after recent blizzards.

–Schedule for the Summer Build–

May 15th – May 30th: Spring Planting & Pre-Build

-Spring Planting
We will be planting corn, beans and a variety of veggies including tomatoes, eggplant, melons & cucumbers, as well as sweet and hot peppers.  We are looking to get three to six individuals to join us for 1 to 2 week periods.  We will be planting according to prevailing winds and weather patterns.  Individuals who arrive will be asked to bring a tent, with meals provided.  If interested, please contact David immediately at the following email: build )at( treatyschool (dot) org.  During this time we will also be cutting wood for community elder’s wood stoves as well as restoring fenceposts & fencelines.

-We will also be having our Pre-Build Meeting for the Earthen Brick Dorm & Tipi Completion.  In addition to our current team, we are seeking an additional architect and/or engineer for our Earthen Brick Dorm Project who will be able to come out to the ranch for one weekend in Late May to meet with our planning team.  During this weekend, they will collaborate on the design of the Earthen Brick Dorm & participate in soil sampling.  Afterwards they will work with our team to assist with the layout and planning of the structure.  Internships are being sponsored for these positions.

July 1st – August 31st: Dorm, Tipi & Energy

T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Dorm:

Initial Rendering

3d Rendering on T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Grounds

-The seven-room building will be constructed out of Compressed Earthen Bricks, a low carbon, low cost design.  It will use concentrated solar thermal heating within the floor and be partly constructed from salvaged and recycled metals. The build for the Earthen Brick Dorm will commence on July 1st and continue through the end of August.

30 Second Flyover Rendering
A 3-D, 360 Degree Rendering of the Completed Earthen Brick Dorm on the T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Grounds.

Completion of Tipi Interior:

-Completion of the electrical, plumbing and finishing work within the T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Structure in July.  Completion of second floor loft and easement in basement to allow for multiple exit points.  Between the Earthen Brick Dorm and the Tipi Completion, we are looking for a total of 25 volunteers to work 2 to 4 week assignments throughout July & August.  Experienced Carpenters, Plumbers and Electricians are preferred, but what we will most need are motivated, reliable and responsible persons who are willing to get their hands dirty and help get the project completed.

-Assistance with materials. We will need your assistance with procurement of electrical, plumbing and construction materials.  We are currently seeking gift cards and donations for Home Depot & Lowe’s. By June 1st, we will have a complete inventory of needed materials and will distribute at that time.

Solar & Wind:

-Our goal here at T.R.E.A.T.Y. School is to become electrically self-sufficient by the end of the summer.  Initially, we will be working with a small scale wind design with 55 gallon barrels. In addition to this capacity, we are seeking individuals immediately with Small to Medium Scale Wind & Solar experience to help with grant-writing, procurements and installations.  Our goal is to also install Solar & Wind installations here on the T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Grounds as well as at the local Head-Start complex and the Senior Center here in Porcupine by September 1st, 2009.  Once completed, this will be the first step in a movement to both create local power for the residents of the Lakotah Nation as well as generate much needed revenue and job creation for the local economies.

If you are able to assist with any of these efforts, please contact us so we can schedule your spot as soon as possible.

David Grefrath – build )at( treatyschool (dot) org – (605) 867-1111

We hope to see you soon and wish you a very happy summer.

If you can’t make it out, but would like to contribute to the build via Paypal a link is below:

T.R.E.A.T.Y. School PayPal

Also, Don’t forget to sign up for, and use, your OneCause Account. By logging on to this account before you buy on-line, The T.R.E.A.T.Y. School will get a donation from of every purchase you make at stores like Amazon.

OneCause Home Page:

http://www.onecause.com/

T.R.E.A.T.Y. School One-World Site:
http://www.onecause.com/members/722601/

As Russell Means often says “May the Great Mystery continue to guide and protect the paths of you and your loved ones!”


T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Update #3

March 1, 2009 by  
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TREATY School Update #3

Dear Fellow Freedom Lovers and T.R.E.A.T.Y. Total Immersion School Supporters,

We have received many inquires as to the status of the school project so we are writing today to share a fuller update than the previous two. Over the last several years, Russell and Pearl Means have laid a solid foundation for this project, including traveling to New Zealand to investigate the Total Immersion educational philosophy in action.
This method of preserving indigenous cultures has been very successful there. “In the early 1980s, the Maori people of New Zealand began a dynamic language revitalization movement. The establishment of Maori immersion programs in state funded schools constituted one major aspect of the movement.

In 1985, the first immersion classroom of 5-year-olds was established. Immersion classrooms were added year by year as the first class of children progressed through primary school, junior high, and high school. The first class completed the final year of high school in 1997, and students entered polytechnics or university programs in 1998.
READ MORE AT: http://www.russellmeansfreedom.com/?p=1051

Achievements to Date:

T.R.E.A.T.Y School and Ranch

  • Purchasing of 160 acres of land.
  • Phase I Construction of the School Building at a cost of $160,000.00.
  • Purchase and breeding of “papered” Lakotah bred Mustangs (16 hands) which now number 13 with three more to be born in the spring.
  • Purchase and remodeling of the Administration building.
  • Development of volunteers including:
  1. David Grefrath, who now serves as our volunteer coordinator. build@treatyschool.org
  2. Dezeray Rubinchik & Brian Bucher who have been working tirelessly to assemble volunteers and secure funding:
    The Better World Project
    projectbetterworld@yahoo.com
    www.freewebs.com/theprojectforabetterworld
    www.myspace.com/projectforabetterworld
    215-806-7844
  3. Eric Klein of www.can-do.org who is organizing the construction of the greenhouses.
  4. and many, many generous supporters who have donated time and money to support these efforts.

Next Steps:

  1. We will be finishing the construction of the T.R.E.A.T.Y. Total Immersion School as well as building a prototype of compressed earth, sustainable dormitory building.
  2. Installation of wind turbines.
  3. Construction of two greenhouses to provide a biology lab for the students as well as nutritious foods.
  4. We will need carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, excavators (septic system), solar technicians, wind turbine technicians, cooks, labors, architects, engineers.
  5. Construction will begin with the laying of foundations in May and continue through August.
  6. If you wish to join in these projects, e-mail David Grefrath at build@treatyschool.org
  7. Implementation of www.onecause.com on-line shopping and donation program:

Online Shopping with OneCause

MAKE A DONATION TO THE T.R.E.A.T.Y. TOTAL IMMERSION SCHOOL

Preliminary 3-D Renderings

T.R.E.A.T.Y. Total Immersion School Energy Plan:

  1. PHASE I – The School Project has been expanded to include a dorm building and a wind turbine. Click to view a preliminary 3-D fly around showing the TREATY Total Immersion School Ranch and Dormitory Building. The dorm will be used to house volunteers and teachers involved with the project. As you can see, there is also a wind turbine depicted on a bluff overlooking the school. This will be a 10 – 30 KW turbine utilizing a micro-hydroelectric plant situated in an adjacent ravine for power storage. Additionally, the turbine is sized large enough to generate excess power which can be sold back to the grid and thus develop revenue for the school.
  2. PHASE II - Here we intend to build a small scale wind farm to both generate endowment money for the construction of additional schools and to demonstrate to the local government our expertise. At this phase, we would also begin training a team of local Lakotah to install and maintain the turbines.
  3. PHASE III - Construction of a small, community-based wind farm in the Village of Wounded Knee, which has about 700 residents. This facility would utilize a privately owned grid and be designed to provide free electricity to the residents and generate income for additional projects.
  4. PHASE IV – Here we plan to develop a full-scale commercial wind farm adjacent to the 115,000 volt power transmission line which runs east/west through the Pine Ridge Reservation. We intend to form a Lakotah energy cooperative which would sale power via contracts, thus bypassing the local power monopoly on the web. IF WE CAN MANIFEST THIS VISION, this Phase will generate enough revenue to begin the construction of the approximately 100 Schools which will be needed to serve all 13 Lakotah Reservations!

We are currently in negotiations with the Renewable Energy Institute affiliated with Texas Tech Univesity to add professional expertise to our team. Additionally, we are in contact with several wind turbine companies seeking both technical assistance and partners for joint ventures.