Danny Desjarlais is Project Manager of Lower Sioux Industrial Hemp Construction at Lower Sioux Community in southwest Minnesota. Danny is a dedicated and experienced Natural Builder with a passion for sustainable construction methods and a commitment to creating eco-friendly structures for Lower Sioux Community members to call home. Danny says, “We are the original caretakers of this land being Indigenous … we’ve gone so far away from taking care of Mother Earth. We hadn’t grown any plants here since before contact. Once contacted they took all our farming and we hadn’t farmed since we started growing hemp. It’s really quite amazing how it’s been a big full circle moment.”

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Music selection

1. Song Title: Tahi Roots Mix (First Voices Radio Theme Song)

Artist: Moana and the Moa Hunters

Album: Tahi (1993)

Label: Southside Records (Australia and New Zealand)


2. Song Title: Change

Artist: Kodi Lee

Single (2024)

Label: N/A


3. Song Title: Osage Oil Boom

Artist: Robbie Robertson

Album: Soundtrack from Killers of the Flower Moon (2023)

Label: Sony Masterworks


4. Song Title: Raglan

Artist: Bruci Jordan

Album: Raglan (2019)

Label: N/A


4. Song Title: Garden of Love

Artist: Winston McAnuff & Fix

Album: A New Day (2013)

Label: Chapter Two Records


5. Song Title: Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

Artist: Marvin Gaye

Album: What’s Going On (1971)

Label: Tamia