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Village Earth Contributes to Latest National Geographic on Lakota

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Village Earth is proud to announce the release of the August 2012 of the edition of National Geographic magazine profiling culture, life, politics and history of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Village Earth is credited on the article for our contribution to the maps and fact checking for this edition. Titled, “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse: Rebirth of the Sioux Nation” includes photography by Aaron Huey who has also published his photos from his journeys on Pine Ridge in in the New York Times “Lens” blog. He later teamed up with artists Ernesto Yerena and Shepard Fairey (Fairey is best known for his iconic blue and red Obama posters) on a nationwide billboard campaign to raise awareness about the shameful legacy of America’s broken treaties with Native Americans. Village Earth was asked to participate on the project because of our decade long experience working on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in particular, our knowledge and experience working on land issues on the Reservation. Most recently, this work culminated into the launch of the Pine Ridge Land Information System an online resource based on open source mapping technology designed to assist Lakota land owners to access information about their lands. While the print edition should be on shelves in the coming weeks, National Geographic has launched pieces of it on its website. You can access articles, maps and resources not available in the print edition, including audio from a community storytelling project on Pine Ridge sponsored by NGS.

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