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OYATE WICOZANI (Healing the Communty)

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Oyate Wicozani and Village Earth recently hosted a organic composting workshop facilitated by John Anderson and Lauren Dittman. Oyate Wicozani is a community-based organization that brings together community leaders, activists, and academics from the reservation who share a common vision of healing and community-based empowerment. The goal of this group in the next year, with support from the Archibald Bush Foundation, will be to develop a model for Lakota governance to strengthen culturally-based institutions and empower the grassroots to serve a greater role in transforming their communities. Gardening will be used as a focus for mobilizing community participation and action in the coming months. John Anderson is a Master Gardener and Master Composter based in Fort Collins, Colorado whose done consulting and workshops on his craft across the country. He can be reached via email at [email protected].

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Fall I Session

GSLL 1509 – Development and the Politics of Empowerment

Through a careful investigation of the historical applications of development, we will explore the idea that development is an inherently political process and challenge the claim that any development NGO is apolitical. Additionally, we will strive to identify successful methods of community empowerment through political organization.

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Summer II Session

GSLL 1510 – Community-Based Mapping

This course explores theories, ethics, applications, and methods of community-based mapping and its role in participatory learning and action as well as larger processes of integrated community-based development.

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