Center Pole conducts programs that increase knowledge and awareness and promote systemic change in Native communities.
Educating Youth to Be "Agents of Change"
The word "sovereignty" has different connotations to different people. For The Center Pole, it means strengthening the rights, autonomy and dignity of community members.
Our earth lodge demonstration project is producing an inexpensive, energy-efficient, sustainable one-room home using free logs from reservation forests gathered using fire prevention load reduction techniques. Our alternative energy project will demonstrate simple solar and wind systems to the Native community they can use to save money and energy. Our garden project will assist elders and their grand children to grow, trade and sell (and hunt and traditionally process) their own healthy foods, reflecting the past traditions of the Crow people.
CROW VOICES RADIO STATION
"a voice for the voiceless"
Crow Voices Radio, located at FM 91.1, is the first radio station on the Crow Indian Reservation. It gives a much-needed voice to community members as well as serves as a means of internal communication on the reservation. It will broadcast cultural news in Crow and English as well as indigenous world news, sacred and contemporary music, local happenings, opportunities and educational programming.
It is also an intergenerational tool for youth to learn self expression, leadership and good citizenship.
Streaming on: www.crowvoices.com
ASHWAPKAWIA- A SUSTAINABLE INDIGENOUS MEDIA and EDUCATION CENTER
Bringing together Indigenous leaders, creatives and brilliant thinkers to explore healing for Indigenous Peoples and the planet
The Ashwapkawia Center is a joint project with Indigenous Environmental Network. This is a unique community building being built with replicable sustainability principles. Ultimately, the building will be the headquarters for training in media and a think tank for brilliant indigenous minds.
Learn more: https://www.indigenousmediacenter.org/
Traditional Activities, Workshops
Singing, Dancing, Drumming, Storytelling, Parading
Regalia, Beading and other Arts
Traditional Herbs and Plants
Spiritual Ways and Ceremony
Crow Fair "Tipi Capitol of the World"
Crow Native Days
Unity Hoops Basketball Camp
Unity Hoops Basketball provides life skills and values training, within a cultural and historical context, for up to two hundred 9-15 year olds during the summer months. This program is currently developing a "freedom camps" curriculum and a pathways to college program. The program incorporates international traditional games as well as techniques to heal historical trauma.