The Solar Warrior of Pine Ridge

Sustainability and respect for the environment are deeply rooted in Lakota culture, and as awareness of climate change and energy alternatives increases, Red Cloud's work has gained recognition. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for example, recently awarded him a grant to expand work he did in the Standing Rock area, where he installed solar equipment to serve protesters opposing the Dakota Access pipeline.

"We as warriors, we bring resources to the tribe, we bring back buffalo and all that, but it was always protecting the earth and looking out for the tribe," Red Cloud says. "We're doing our warrior deeds in the 21st century."