Lakota Sioux elder Henry Red Cloud, who has worked to develop and share renewable energy technologies for Great Northern tribes to become energy independent, create jobs, and improve living standards for Native Americans, will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland on Feb. 21.
Born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Henry Red Cloud founded Lakota Solar Enterprises in 2004 through which tribal members manufacture and install efficient solar air heating systems for Native American families living on reservations across the Great Plains. Lakota Solar Enterprises has built and installed more than 1,200 solar heating systems that save low-income homeowners up to 30 percent on utility bills. In 2008, with support from the nonprofit partner Trees, Water & People, he opened the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, where Native Americans from around the country come to receive hands-on training in renewable energy technology and sustainable building practices from fellow Native American trainers. Among his many honors are the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s Annual Innovation Award, the World Energy Globe Award, the White House’s Champion of Change for Solar Deployment, and MIT’s Solve Fellowship.
The College’s annual spring semester Convocation begins at 3:30 p.m. in Decker Theatre of the Gibson Center for the Arts and is open to the public.