Jesus and Purple Hair: The Failure of Christians and Nonprofits on Pine Ridge


Jesus and Purple Hair in Pine Ridge

The failure of Christians and nonprofits on Pine Ridge

Who are you?
What’s your name?
Short term mission trips suck
What do you do for a living?
Did you fix the mower?

Wake up baby its time to die
Dark forces
A fog
IHS sterilizes

Remain separate
Get things done
Take out the trash
I have the only house
With a foundation

Want to take a hit of this?
What should I paint?
I am going to break you
Of your anger
Teenagers are chaos

No one is on his level
In the fog, more air than matter
Three off a cliff
Pinged off a cell tower
At three on the seventh

Near Oglala
Jesus saves
Hands of Faith
Meth is the drug
Of homosexuals

Where are the sweat lodges?
You see all these churches?
Take this knife
Outside Yellow Birds
Destroy those who love God

Plant a tree
Do something nice
I am a Christian
You are not white
European blood

You on your meds?
Get to work
Fix the mower
ACA was not expanded
Cannot afford them

Do not scare people
Focus on the good
Weed is basically free

The failure of Christians and nonprofits on Pine Ridge


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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