sacred earth lodge
Powered by renewable energy. Built with sustainable construction.
Our first efforts in 2002 in tribal renewable energy were centered around building solar furnaces to help Lakota families lower their outrageous utility bills. As our success increased, Native Americans from a variety of tribes asked if we could provide a broader training. With a lot of help from our friends at the Pine Ridge based non-profit, Re-Member, we built a loft over the workshop and created two six-person dormitories, a small kitchen, bathroom and eating area.
In 2006, Henry created Lakota Solar Enterprises, one of the only 100% Native owned renewable energy companies. Soon after, in 2008, Henry and Trees, Water & People opened the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), a significant expansion of LSE’s solar energy training and manufacturing efforts on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
But the interest among Native people in renewable energy continued to increase and in October 2013, Henry and Trees, Water & People opened the doors of the Sacred Earth Lodge (SEL), a one-of-a-kind dormitory and tribal training center that is also an eco-friendly and affordable space to rent for conferences, workshops, and by visiting groups to the area. Please come visit!
The Sacred Earth Lodge is located on the Red Cloud Renewable Center campus just minutes away from downtown Pine Ridge, South Dakota. It was built with sustainable construction and is powered by renewable energy.
Staying at the Sacred Earth Lodge also offers uniquely Native experiences, such as listening to a Lakota drum circle, a Lakota Storyteller or participating in a Lakota dance ceremony. There are also opportunities to visit nearby historical sites and National Parks.
Two Large Dormitory-Style
Rooms (each sleeps ten)
One Small Dormitory-Style
Room (sleeps three)
Women's and Men's
Restrooms and Showers
Community Kitchen and Dining
Area (seats up to 35)
Classroom, Meeting, and Lounge