Lakota Solar Enterprises Staff


Henry Red Cloud

Henry is the founder and owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), based on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. One of the first 100% Native American-owned and operated renewable energy companies in the nation, LSE employs tribal members to manufacture and install efficient solar air heating systems for Native American families living on reservations across the Great Plains. Additionally, Henry manages the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), a one-of-a-kind educational facility where tribes from around the U.S. receive hands-on green job training in renewable energy technology and sustainable building practices.

Manufacturing Managers

Silas and Avery Red Cloud

Silas and Avery Red Cloud have managed much of the production and installation of more than a thousand of Henry’s Off-Grid Solar Furnaces, and have assisted in putting on dozens of Renewable Energy Training courses, as well as leading the Pine Ridge and Bear Butte tree planting crews that have planted almost 100,000 trees on the Pine Ridge Reservation since 2015.

Business Manager

John Red Cloud

John was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  He graduated college and went on to become a History Teacher at the Red Cloud Indian School.  His exceptional writing and interpersonal skills led him to become  part of the school's fundraising staff.  He then went on to become a national fundraising staff member for the American Indian College Fund.  Currently, he is the Business Manager for Lakota Solar Enterprises, as well as the Director of Development for Henry's non-profit, Red Cloud Renewable.  He also serves as the Lodge Manager and Host for the Sacred Earth Lodge. 

Women's Solar Training Specialist

Gloria Reyes Red Cloud

Gloria has worked with LSE for six years, providing assistance in a wide array of renewable energy workshop presentations and installations.  She has become a strong advocate and leader in assisting Native girls and women to succeed at learning about renewable energy and gaining green job skills.

Marketing Director

Richard Fox

Richard was one of the Founders of Trees, Water & People where he worked for 19 years.  During that time he created and managed the Tribal Lands Program, which included working with Henry since 2003.  Currently he is providing fundraising, organizational development and logistical assistance for both Lakota Solar Enterprises and Red Cloud Renewable.

Special Solar Projects Coordinator 

Johnny Weiss

Johnny is one of the founders of Solar Energy International (SEI) and has been a solar educator for more than 35 years.  At LSE and RCR, he provides educational and technical assistance on solar trainings and projects, as well as supporting the growth of the organization, soliciting solar industry donations, and communicating with other solar organizations.