Whiteclay Makerspace

 
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Our ancestors worked with their hands...alot of the people have lost that because of the alcohol.
— Nadine Morrison, Artist/Crafter

The Whiteclay Makerspace 501(c)(3)

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The Issue

Creating art is one of the most common trades here on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Art supplies are hours away and expensive, there is no safe place to work, warehouse art, and the lack of accessible markets leaves our artists operating in a crisis mode (“This piece is worth $400 but I need to buy diapers so I will sell it for $40”)

History of Whiteclay 

The  Solution

Contrasted against the old liquor store buildings, the Makerspace will provide a safe place to work, access to art supplies, and state of the art equipment.

The space will also provide an online store where our local artists can establish a more reliable income and teaching/mentoring opportunities.

April 2017 | Liquor stores are closed down by the efforts of heroic activists after decades of fueling crimes in the area.

June 2017 | Citizens, artists, politicians, and tribal members brainstorm business ideas. The tangible need of supporting artists is pitched.

October 2017 | Citizens rally around the idea of building a makerspace and we begin fundraising.


Make Whiteclay stand for something good - make your year about something bigger

Support the Makerspace today,

Make your tax -deductible donation here!

Amount Raised - $3,450


 Artist: See-A-Vizion - Lakota Free Lance Graphic Design & Painting Entity.

Artist: See-A-Vizion - Lakota Free Lance Graphic Design & Painting Entity.

Whiteclay Redevelopment 

The insights, vision, and operation of White Clay Redevelopment is based on almost twenty years of experience and relationships among the Lakota people in Whiteclay, Nebraska and on the neighboring Pine Ridge Reservation. Every aspect moving forward is planned with utmost dignity in conjunction with the Oglala Sioux Tribe members and their thriving culture. 

Whiteclay Redevelopment, L3C was the catalyst to launch the nonprofit organization Whiteclay Makerspace. It is a registered low-profit, limited liability company dedicated to organizing resources and activities to accomplish positive change for Whiteclay.