Ernest Weston, Jr. is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Ernest is currently completing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and from South Dakota State University. Ernest found his passion for re-creating, re-identifying and re-building 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 recognizes importance for community driven projects and movements that strengthen tribal sovereignty. Ernest looks forward to the exciting opportunities with Thunder Valley’s Food Sovereignty Initiative to make tribal communities healthier.