Monday, April 28, 2008

Litefoot carries green message of hope


http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2008/04/26/news/local/doc4812663ea1494470204714.txt

Litefoot carries green message of hope
Litefoot to visit Rosebud Sioux Reservation

By Andrea J. Cook, Journal staff Saturday, April 26, 2008

When rap artist Litefoot visits the Rosebud Sioux Reservation on Tuesday, April 29, he'll bring messages of hope for young and old alike, Todd C. Fast Horse said.

Litefoot will speak with students at Todd County High School at 2:30 p.m. CDT. He'll also have dinner and speak with youths and adults of the Rosebud community from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Unjinjintka - Blooming Prairie Flower community building in Rosebud, according to Fast Horse, chairman of the Rosebud community.

When Litefoot, a member of the Cherokee Nation, meets with reservation youths, his message will not only address the social issues facing Native American children but introduce them to the promising future of renewable energy, Fast Horse said. The increasing interest in renewable energy is expected to create three million new jobs, he said.

Among his many talents, Litefoot is an entertainer, speaker and a successful businessman. One of his many enterprises is Native Green Energy, which is marketing low-cost wind turbines.

Rosebud, the second-largest community on the Rosebud reservation, has passed a net metering resolution to encourage tribal officials' support for an alternative energy program, Fast Horse said.

Rosebud is working with Native Green to bring wind turbines to the community.

Wind power would be a positive alternative to other power sources and could reduce utility costs for residents, Fast Horse said.

High utility bills and other costs are forcing reservation families to make tough choices, he said. People frequently must choose between paying the rent, the electric bill, buying propane or eating, Fast Horse said. He said his community is looking for ways to help. "Our people are having a hard time. We're doing everything at the community level that we can do."

Fast Horse envisions a community-owned electrical cooperative that uses wind turbines to generate reasonably priced power for all electric homes. Converting homes from costly propane heat to electric would eliminate one utility bill, he said. Such a proposed co-op, he said, could serve as a model that "could fit all of Indian Country."

Contact Andrea Cook at 394-8423 or
andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com.


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