henry red cloud

  • Henry Red Cloud became the Chief of the Pine Ridge Oglala (2020)​

  • Solve Fellow (MIT), 2018​

  • In 2018 Henry was selected as an MIT Oceti Sakowin Fellow in recognition of his efforts at Standing Rock and bringing energy independence to tribal communities.  He also won an e-Achievement Award from eTown Radio which broadcasted his interview to more than 30 countries. Check out the interview here.

  • In 2016, he was honored by the Red Cloud family to carry the pipe that was smoked at the 1868 Laramie Treaty by his great grandfather, Mahpiya Luta (Chief Red Cloud) into the headsmen council fire discussions at the Standing Rock Oceti Sakowin (Water Protector) camp and speak on behalf of Mahpiya Luta.  While there, he helped power up the camps by providing two mobile solar power stations, 11 off-grid solar furnaces and many solar lights. 

  • Most Creative People (Fast Company), 2015​

  • Oglala Lakota Service Award, 2014​​

Henry Red Cloud

Henry Red Cloud is the direct 5th generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud, one of the last Lakota war chiefs and one of the most famous Native Americans in history. Henry was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation, where living conditions are extremely difficult.

For more than a decade, Henry has devoted himself to developing his expertise with renewable energy applications that are environmentally sound, economically beneficial, and culturally appropriate. Today, Henry is a twenty-first century Lakota Warrior, bringing green technology and employment to Native American communities. He reminds tribes that they can live sustainably and shows them that by embracing clean, renewable energy applications there is a way to get back to a traditional relationship with Mother Earth. As Henry says, “This is a new way to honor the old ways.”

Henry’s efforts to bring renewable energy to tribal lands have been recognized nationally and internationally:


  • In 2014, he was selected by the White House as a Champion of Change for Solar Deployment. He also received the 2014 Berea College Service Award and the Oglala Lakota Service Award. The American Solar Energy Society honored Henry with the prestigious 2013 Charles Greeley Abbot Award for his significant social contribution to the field of solar energy.

  • Charles Greeley Abbot Award (American Solar Energy Society), 2013​

  • In 2012, he traveled to Vienna to receive the World Energy Globe Award in both the “Youth” and overall “World” categories. Henry received the 2010 Annual Innovation Award from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, as well as special recognition from the 2010 Nuclear Free Future Award. In 2009, Henry was named Innovative Idea Champion by the Corporation for Enterprise Development and shared his concept of renewable energy on tribal lands at the national Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. in 2009.

  • Annual Innovation Award (Interstate Renewable Energy Council), 201​1

  • Nuclear Free Future Award, 2010​

  • Innovative Idea Champion (Prosperity Now), 2009

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