Published August 4, 2016
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION – Pine Ridge entrepreneur Henry Red Cloud is the direct fifth generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud (Mahpiya Luta), one of the last Lakota war chiefs and one of the most well known Native Americans in history. He has been selected by the South Dakota Democratic Party as their nominee for the Public Utilities Commission at its recent State Convention.
He was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation.
“My family has been part of this South Dakota land for many generations. I have grown food here, I have raised buffalo here and I have trained hundreds of our youth and veterans in a wide array of renewable energy applications,” commented Henry Red Cloud
For more than two decades, Red Cloud has devoted himself to developing his expertise with renewable energy applications that are environmentally sound, economically beneficial, and culturally appropriate.
Red Cloud is the founder and owner of the Pine Ridge based Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), which is one of the first 100% Native American-owned and operated renewable energy companies in the nation.
Red Cloud also co-manages the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), a one-of-a-kind educational facility where students from South Dakota and around the U.S. receive hands-on job training in renewable energy technology and sustainable building practices.
Red Cloud says, South Dakota is blessed with huge solar and wind power resources. Should we use them… build them up…build our economy on a solid platform that respects the land while providing new high paying jobs? I say YES!
Red Cloud’s campaign will focus on making sure the land and health of South Dakotan farmers, ranchers and tribes are protected from oil spills and aggressive oil companies. He is particularly concerned where pipelines bring Canadian oil through South Dakota so other states and countries can have the oil. This leaves South Dakota farmers, ranchers and tribes with unprecedented liability and health risks when the pipeline ruptures.