Bryan Deans

Executive Director, The Oglala Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative

United States

Bryan is the founder of the Oglala Lakota Cultural & Economic Revitalization Initiative (OLCERI) and host of the Indigenous Wisdom & Permaculture Skills Convergence (IWPSC), on his permaculture demonstration site. He was born on Pine Ridge reservation and has been an incredible community resource for over 20 years. Bryan is skilled in permaculture design, integrating these teachings with his understanding of the Lakota ways, and is a great communicator and teacher. He has worked as a project manager, in local government, an aerospace mechanic and engineer, welding teacher, and permaculture designer.
He has envisioned, designed, and built all infrastructure and programs on the OLCERI homestead, including a wind and solar clean energy system, a farmer-rancher educational program for local people, a wild horse rescue program, bio-diesel production, a sawmill for local lumber, and a community garden that currently produces thousands of pounds of food. OLCERI's latest projects are an Earthship-style rammed earth tire building that will house the Indigenous Wisdom Center, a Lakota language school and cultural preservation center. With his work with OLCERI Bryan has also designed the methodology for Food Distribution Network to supply fresh foods to people throughout Pine Ridge.

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