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Rob Greenfield


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Civics, Justice

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North America, United States, USA - Midwest


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Indigenous-led Permaculture Brings Resilience and Food Sovereignty to Pine Ridge Reservation

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  • This video is about the Oglala Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and their cultural and economic revitalization through community projects. 
  • Students will learn about Indigenous wisdom, permaculture, sustainable food production, housing, and the treatment of Indigenous people. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video acknowledges the harms done to Indigenous and Aboriginal peoples, while also providing a positive message of solution-based thinking on many issues including food security, health, agriculture, housing, and sovereignty.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the terms permaculture, Indigenous wisdom, and food sovereignty.


Scientist Notes
The video demonstrates how Indigenous peoples use their knowledge to balance nature and food sovereignty. This permaculture has been practiced by their ancestors for a long time; it is suitable to build their livelihood's resilience and strengthen their cultural ties in a changing climate. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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