KUNSI KEYA TAMAKOCE (Grandmother Turtle Land) is a Lakota-led 501(c)3 non-profit recognized by the United Nations as an Indigenous People’s Organization. Proceeds from this Crowdrise will secure Kunsi Keya Tamakoce's land conservation acreage as a permanent home for ceremony and teaching for all peoples dedicated to protecting the planet.
A TWO SPIRIT, LGBTQIA, MATRIARCHAL COMMUNITY, we are dedicated to sharing the traditional teachings and sacred ceremonies of the Lakota people with women, children and men in order to support the health and well-being of the earth and all who live here. Kunsi Keya utilizes the Lakota model of community-building to cultivate a deep connection to the earth, empowers women to reclaim their role as wise leaders, and creates a framework for future generations to realize the importance of living in harmony with the natural world. Over the last 32 years we've transformed thousands of lives, connecting people across lines of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, and culture.
THE VISION for Kunsi Keya’s 101 acres of rural mountain, woodland and field is to provide a permanent home for Lakota-led ceremonies. Through our gatherings and programs participants can reconnect with nature and develop respect for Indigenous matriarchal culture. Kunsi Keya is a place for healing through teaching, ceremony and ecological balance. The land is a model of environmentally sound land use, including sustainable farming and forestry, medicinal healing gardens, trails, and habitat improvement.
OUR FOUNDER, Beverly LittleThunder is a respected grandmother of the Standing Rock band of the Lakota and SunDance leader of Kunsi Keya Tamakoce. A Two Spirit matriarch and a lifelong activist, Beverly was in the American Indian Movement and the Standing Rock Water Protector non-violent action. After being turned away from her people when she first came out in 1986, Beverly became an outspoken advocate for LGBTQIA visibility and respect. For the last 32 years she has led an all women's ceremony in the sacred Lakota tradition of SunDance.
OUR GOAL is to raise funds to secure our land deed. Kunsi Keya's founders purchased the property for $120,000 in 2004 and we have operated since then as a small non-profit on a shoestring budget. Resolving the last portion of our debt will allow us to focus on strengthening our sustainable infrastructure and developing new programs. Once the property is paid in full, the entire 101 acres will be placed in trust to ensure Kunsi Keya Tamakoce as sovereign land for ceremony, healing, and community-building for the next seven generations.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION will help ensure the sacred boundaries of Grandmother Turtle, providing a safe place to heal the mind, body and spirit. For more information, visit us on the web at http://kunsikeya.org/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Kunsi-Keya-Tamakoce-397709763688602/.
"Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrowed it from our children." - Crazy Horse
In deepest gratitude,
Mitakuye Oyasin - To All Our Relations