Trap Music, #HipHopEd, and Escaping tha Trap: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) grant application for Pine Ridge and Lakota Solar Enterprises

Between the past and the future
A bridge can be as simple as a smile,
A beat and a melody, a song to love,
Be here, be here now, noisy as it is,
Repaint her nose and left eye,
Love her, dear Pine Maiden of the Ridge,
Here, I will not leave, to be alive,
In a home for artists, is to me, heaven.


Made a connection with a youth here on the Rez and talked about the trap and trap music. It was good to hear his freestyle so much I gave him my old MacBook Air to make music on. He said he likes Garage Band and other beat making software, so I gave it to him. There are seven Gateway computers to setup into music stations for the Pine Ridge Record label in the BEAR Program for Solar Warrior propaganda making. Training on how to make a high quality SoundCloud and YouTube channels to get out of the trap and go legitimate is a good idea. If a kid can make $500 a day selling, why would they break their back for $80 in heavy construction labor and join Lakota Solar Enterprises, much less work for free to get an “education”? There has to be a case made by the local Pine Ridge trap music artists as to why this is a good idea. So, I have to make friends with the gangs here.

Knowing about trap music, and having lived in South Atlanta gives me enough street knowledge to start learning about the Pine Ridge hip-hop scene. This is natural to me now. Everyone’s just trying to survive here. I saw so much last night. Opened a channel with super talented youth in a way only one artist can speak to another. I am an artist, here my poetry and anger is a key. It unlocks the street and reality. Thank you God for the suffering and pain. I am a healer, and here opening up tha trap in a path forward to making these youth into Solar Warriors for good. Pine Ridge, let me help tell your story. Let’s heal together.


Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) grant application for Pine Ridge and Lakota Solar Enterprises

Dear Carmelia,

I am a volunteer with Lakota Solar Enterprises ( in association with Trees, Water, People (  We have been talking recently with the BEAR Program (, a youth suicide prevention program in Pine Ridge, about the development of a new program to engage Lakota youth in sustainable energy and green development.  We are exploring the prospect of merging our efforts to bring youth into the work of Lakota Solar Enterprises by giving youth the tools to create engaging and appealing music and theater.  Our vision is that if youth can see their own artistic peers getting exposure and financial gains from work with Lakota Solar Enterprises that they may move away from the illegal drug economy and gang life and towards green technology development, thereby helping them leave a place darkness and move towards a place of light.

To this end, I am contacting you to learn about application for the Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) grant (FON: HHS-2016-ACF-ANA-NC-1167).

We are exploring the prospect of applying for the grant for this cycle and are interested in learning more about the funding opportunity.

Would it be possible for us to find a time to talk about the grant and the specifics of application on the phone?  Are we able to submit an application for the grant even though we have not submitted a letter of intent?

Thank you,


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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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