The Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Reservations in South Dakota are part of a larger territory established for the Lakota in 1868 by the United States government and later parceled out to non-Native homesteaders and broken up into smaller tribal reservations. Today, Pine Ridge Reservation is home to about 40,000 Native Americans and Cheyenne Reservation about 20,000. According to the US Census Bureau, the reservations lie within the poorest counties in the United States.

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PANTRY ITEMS ARE: Flour, sugar, salt, pancake mix, bread mix, spices, peanut butter, jelly, milk (dried/canned), potatoes, rice, eggs (dried), etc... Please send new and/or clean (like new) clothing. No stains, rips, tattered fabric, worn out shoe soles. *NO WEAPONS*

NEW! In this COLD winter, support the One Spirit Firewood Program: Ski for Fire

We are excited that our new Lakota-based transition team is stepping in to help manage Okini!

We are very grateful for the support that has allowed the Okini program to fulfill so many urgent needs for the Lakota people.

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ORGANIZATIONS -- If you can help these organizations, please get in touch!
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ALLEN YOUTH CENTER ALLEN The Allen Youth Center needs diapers, shampoo, body soap, laundry soap, and lotion. Blankets have been also requested by some families. To provide financial support for programs provided by the Allen Youth Center, please donate through the One Spirit website -- The center cannot process your cash donation or buy shoes for the children.


A twenty-dollar cash donation can help Lakota food box recipients purchase a variety of household supplies that many desperately need. In March, One Spirit will give each food box recipient the $20 voucher to use at Buche Supermarket. The owner has given OS a great price on the items.The voucher can only be used on the selected items that are placed on a shelf in the store.

The items are dish soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo, bodywash, deodorant, comb, toothbrush,and women's sanitary supplies and can be mixed and matched depending on individual's needs. The voucher can not be used for anything else in the store.

Please help us supply the Lakota with some of the most requested items on the Okini List, by clicking on the paypal button.

If you are interested in sending a donation to families listed below, please contact us! Select a family from the list (click your choice) and let us know what you would like to do.

No Date Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated SELECT
1 4/6/2021 Family
F 56 warm socks, gardening tools - small handheld rake, shovel, & claw, canning jars 12-16 ounces& Gardening Gloves large, Elder is having to go thru medical complications and unable to work, she will be applying for disability as soon as her medical appointments are done this week. Grandmother suffers from day to day pain with arthritis. She still wants to garden and do some canning. She was very hesitant to request help because she has always worked till her heart attack a year ago, she has no income yet and would like to continue to garden this spring. Medium- Adult womens shoes- 10 shoes 4oz ultra strength bengay, 2 twin xl blankets, 1 arthritis heating pad with slide control, 12 cans green beans, 12 cans peas
2 3/27/2021 Family
F 35 She is asking for clothing for herself and her two girls. laundry soap, hygiene articles and cleaning supplies would be a blessing and greatly appreciated. She would love some jogging shorts and tank tops, This single mother of 2 little girls is in need of some help with some basic necessities. She has no income and only receives food stamps. She is extremely worried about COVID because there is no one else to take care of her children. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you shorts Med. Tops Med 2/1 shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, Kool-Aid
3 3/27/2021 Daughter F 6 Needs skinny jeans, capri's, t shirts, socks and sneakers, panties and hairties This little girl is having a birthday at the end of March. She is hoping for a cake....and maybe taco's for dinner.....Her favorite color is purple and she loves to play with LOL dolls and barbies. She has very little clothing and is in need. skinny jeans 8, T shirts 8/10, sneakers 2 tee, 4 panties, hair ties, coloring book
4 3/27/2021 Daughter F 11 skinny jeans, capri's, s/s t shirts, sneakers and socks and training bras and hair accessories. This little girl is in need of some clothing. She is growing up and wants to look nice. skinny jeans 10 slim T shirts 10/12 Panties 10 Sneakers 4 training bra's 12/14 sneakers, tee, 4 pr. sox.
5 4/8/2021 Family
F 25 Food Pantry Young Family is struggling to find transportation to work, mother of 3 and expecting a baby girl soon. Family is requesting help to get thru pandemic and find employment some where. 3 infant gowns, small pack of diapers blanket Size: 0-3 for infant girl 4 pack onesies 2 bibs 2 blankets 1 onesie 1 pants/onesie set dish soap, Baby Magic, toothpaste, receiving blanket, 3 summer outfits (3-6 mo) Hygiene, cleaning & more
6 4/2/2021 Daughter F 9 Pajamas, winter jacket, pants, socks, shirts, this lil gals loves playing barbies Clothes size 13 Shoes Size1Y Pants Size 13 jacket 10 medium shoes
7 3/29/2021 Son M 8 pants, shirts, shoes, pajamas, socks Clothes size 9 Shoes Size 2 Y Pants Size 9
8 3/29/2021 Son M 8 pants, shirts, shoes, pajamas, socks This little boy has lost everything... In desperate need of clothing and shoes. Clothes size 9 Shoes Size 1Y Pants Size 9
9 3/29/2021 Family
F 36 Requests met Family has opened their doors to many family members and friends who have no where to go so each month its a struggle. There are six children in the home with lots of relative who sleep on the floor with makes shift beds, any help is appreciated. There are teens of all ages fed by the creative and very busy mother in this home. She is requesting help for her older boys winter ware also. laundry soap, Canned corn, canned green beans. Pancake mix ,syrup, Fruit and grain bars, granola bars, instant oatmeal, Tuna, Tuna helper Ramen cup noodles, ibuprofen, eye drops, 2 pair earrings, 10 disposable face masks First order: 3 sheet sets: queen, full, and twin, 2 air mattresses: full and twin4 pillows Easter candy, Lodge cast iron skillets and Dutch oven ,Pots and pans, Roaster/slow cooker,Mixing bowls
10 4/5/2021 Son M 16 Requesting help with coveralls, Snow boots, \ 14/16 Youth Large 8.5 shoe size joggers. sweat shirts, snow pants Sketch pad, art pencils 3 pair boys underwear size 14-16
11 3/18/2021 Son M 17 Requesting help with coveralls, Snow boots, 14/16 Youth Large 8.5 shoe size joggers. sweat shirts twin sheet set, fleece lined vest, 2 pens, toothbrush snowpants
12 3/26/2021 Family
F Space Heater, Food Pantry, Hygiene Supplies, Cleaning Supplies Family's first time on okini, they are requesting help to get through winter and the pandemic. Grandmother has grandsons she has been caring for also on limited income, they appreciate the help. 2 comforters; 1 blanket TP, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dish soap, laundry soap.
13 3/26/2021 Son M 12 , Pajamas, Shirt-3X Pajamas 3x Shoe- 12 Mens Board game *Clue* and 6 pr socks 2 - 3xl s/s tees 1 blanket pajama pants size 3X, shoes size 12 mens.
14 3/17/2021 Family
F 28 hygiene products This mother of 4 children, she lives in a trailer that was damaged by a tornado and half of her house is unlivable, and she has can't use her furnace and cook stove and has black mold in one end of the trailer. Her house is always cold. Her family is cold thru winter. pants size-5/6 shirts size-S/M shoes 6.5 bleach cleaner laundry soap bath wash Deodorant kids game, Food Pantry items, Canned corn and green beans, Pancake mix & syrup instant oatmeal. pop tarts spaghetti sauce, pasta jeans and warm hoodie 3 sweaters, 1 robe, long underwear, 2 light jackets
15 3/17/2021 Daughter F 3 shirts, pants, shoes, pajamas- She likes pretty bright colors, loves playing dolls. shoes size-7 clothes size 5T blanket- fleece set warm pjs and toys - 1 game, 1 book, 1 spirograph art set, 1 "mermaid" blanket, 3 pairs of gloves
16 3/17/2021 Daughter F 5 pants, shirts, shoes, pajamas This beautiful little girl likes to read and draw. She likes crayons and colored pencils. She has outgrown her coat and winter will be here soon. Her favorite color is purple. Most clothing needs have been met. Thank you. shoes size-7 pajamas size-7/8 Clothes size 7/8 blanket- 2 pants 2 tops warm pjs and toys - 1 game, 1 book, 1 spirograph art set, 1 "mermaid" blanket, 3 pairs of gloves
17 3/17/2021 Son M 7 Pants, T-shirts, pajamas, and shoes pants size-9/10 shoes size-1 pajamas size-9/10 blanket- 2 pants tops warm pjs, and toys - 6 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of shorts, 3 long sleeved shirts, 3 short sleeved t-shirts, 1 pajama shirt, 3 button-down shirts - 1 game, 1 book, 1 spirograph art set, 1 "mermaid" blanket, 3 pairs of gloves
18 3/17/2021 Daughter F 9 Pants, T-shirts, Shoes, pajamas and she like LOL dolls colors. shoes size-3 sweaters size-10/12 pajamas size-10/12 blanket - 2 pants 2 tops warm pjs and toys 1 sweatshirt, 1 dress, 1 skirt 1 game, 1 book, 1 spirograph art set, 1 "mermaid" blanket, 3 pairs of gloves