Ernest Weston, Jr.
Ernest Weston, Jr. is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Ernest works with the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation’s (TVCDC) Food Sovereignty Initiative where he maintains TVCDC’s demonstration farm and poultry house, as well as create gardening programing and Lakota Food Knowledge activities for community members. Ernest recognizes the importance for community driven projects and movements that strengthen tribal sovereignty, especially when it comes to re-establishing, re-define, and re-connecting food systems in tribal communities. Ernest found his passion for helping creating a local food system in his tribal community after studying abroad in China in 2015 where he learned about China’s agricultural industry and local food systems. With research and experience in gardening and community building, Ernest looks forward to the exciting opportunities with Thunder Valley’s Food Sovereignty Initiative to make tribal communities healthier.