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 5/7/2021 Family
F 54 This elder is on dialysis and other medical problems and lost everything in a house fire. She will be moved in with her son to be closer to dialysis. She is requesting help with Cleaning supplies, Hygiene Supplies, and large (30 gallon) trash bags Grandmother is asking for help with shoes for grandchildren (Children sizes 1, 2, & 4) & son(size 12) for shoes and socks This Grandmother has survived a lot of health issues yet she still makes star quilt tops to help get her to dialysis three times a week. She is one of the grandmothers here who always has her grandchildren by her side so she has plenty of company. Her voice is so quiet and she sends her appreciation. pants and shirts, women's large shoes women's 7 1/2 wide
2 4/22/2021 Family
M 30 Father of six finally approved to move into their own home and requesting help with household items to make their new home ready for them to move in soon. Items requested are Cleaning supplies, pots & bowls to cook, dishes, towels, dish rags, lamps, blankets, and hygiene supplies. Young man is new to okini, starting a new home of their own and requesting help to fill the family's home with its necessities.
3 4/22/2021 Son M 2 pajamas,socks, shoes
4 4/22/2021 Daughter F 5 pajamas, socks, shoes Toddler 5T shoes 9
5 4/22/2021 Daughter F 5 pajamas, night light for new bedroom, socks, shoes girls size 6, shoes 11
6 4/22/2021 Daughter F 8 pajamas, night light for new bedroom, socks, shoes girls 10/12 shoes 4
7 4/22/2021 Son M 10 pajamas, night light for new bedroom, socks, shoes big boys 14/16 shoes 6
8 4/22/2021 Daughter F 0 Newborn baby girl- Pampers size 1, baby wipes, baby shampoo, baby lotion, and receiving blankets
9 4/13/2021 Family
F 52 In needs of hygiene articles, cleaning supplies and pantry food. This families tries very hard to survive by selling crafts but the family has been dealing with a major illness and is having a really hard time....Her young grand daughter just came to them with very little things.
10 4/13/2021 Granddaughter F 5 shorts, leggings, tops, panties, socks and sneakers This little girl is a little chubby - so stretchy clothes would be best.....She is cute as a button. She arrived at grandma's with very little clothing - and really needs some sneakers and sandals. clothing 10/12 shoes 1 1/2
11 4/11/2021 Family
M 55 Double bed or blow up mattress and beding Jeans, T shirts, socks & hit tops Personal hygiene articles - shampoo, soap, lotion, toothpaste and toiletpaper and pantry food. He would really appreciate if someone could help him - he is currently sleeping on the floor and has been sick. He really needs a double bed or a blow up mattress Jeans 34/34 T shirts Medium hi tops 10 1/2
12 4/22/2021 Family
F 74 Grandmothers Requests met this 73 year old grandma just lost her husband of many, many years and she is really struggling. She is raising her young grandson and really needs help getting him some clothing.....She also would appreciate some slip on summer shoes and a pair of comfy slipper that are easy to get on. Shoes size 8 pantry food pantry food and clothing for grandson Slip on shoes Hygiene cleaning summer slip on shoes and slippersar my helicopter toy book boys clothes 2 pairs of brand new comfortable shoes in this size \clothing for the grandson.
13 4/11/2021 Grandson M 7 joggers, basketball shorts, t shirts, socks, sneakers, hoodie The sizes are correct - this little boy has gotten chubby and has out grown everything.....Life has been hard for him - and he no longer has anyone to play with him with his army figures. He could really use some clothing and perhaps a few army toys. joggers with cuffs or basketball shorts 16/18 T shirts 16/18 Sneakers 4 - wide foot
14 4/22/2021 Family
F 21 Is asking for a layette for new baby boy and clothing for her little boy This young mother is trying verey hard to have a loving an caring home. She worries that she does not have anything for the new baby - if someone could help her with a layette and baby care items that would be wonderful. New born layette: 6 socks, 2 sleepers, 4 body suits,3 pants, 1 sleep and play, 2 mittens , 3 caps2 baby boy sleepers 1 size 4 t-shirt Newborn baby clothes clothes, baby needs
15 4/13/2021 Son M 2 In need of all clothing and sneakers. Also will need summer clothing This little boy has had a growth spurt and can really use some jogger, T shirts, hoodie and sneakers. His Mom can't believe how fast he he growing. He will also need clothing for the summer too. Clothing 4T Shoes 10 T