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*

The ONE SPIRIT Okini list is maintained by an international network of volunteers who are in direct personal contact with the people of Pine Ridge. Okini is a Lakota word meaning "to share material things".

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ORGANIZATIONS -- If you can help these organizations, please get in touch!
Organization City Needs Contact
ALLEN YOUTH CENTER ALLEN URGENT NEEDS: hand-held mixer, large capacity (64 oz.)blender capable of blending ice BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS The new program director at the Allen Youth Center is asking for your help in getting books into the hands of the Allen children. Specifically requested are the Junie B. Jones series and Newbery Award books. Stay tuned for more titles...... The center could also use: Games such as playing cards, Uno Cards, Jenga, Monopoly, Sorry, Trouble, Checkers. The center also needs toys: dolls with clothes, and building blocks. And as usual cleaning supplies, and office supplies such as a pack of large envelopes, Sticky notes, dry erase markers for boards, easel roll drawing paper, construction paper, snacks, and cases of bottled water would be appreciated. TO MAKE A CASH DONATION to the Allen Youth Center, please donate through the One Spirit website The center cannot process your cash donation.

If you are interested in making a donation to the MARIE family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F Graduation dresses for head start and Kindergarten - plus summer clothes for kids. Plus hygiene articles A mother called up and asked for graduation dresses (summer dresses) and sandals for her two daughters......On the rez everyone has their children dressed nicely for these special milestones and her girls do not have a dress to wear. Plus all the children need summer shorts, tops and sneakers.....She said she would really be grateful if someone could help her.
Son M 8 summer shorts, tops, sneakers , socks and boxers This little boy can't wait for summer to come but he said Mom what am I going to wear - I only have winter clothes. Shorts 10 Shirts 12 Shoes 4 1 S/S shirt
Son M 10 Basketball shorts, tops, sneakers, socks & boxers He really needs some shorts for summer......his are worn out that he had last year. Shorts 12/14 Shirts 12/14 sneakers 8 1 L/S shirt
Son M 12 Basketball shorts, tops , sneakers, socks & boxers He said he would really love some basketball shorts and sneakers for summer.....He outgrew the clothes he had last year. Basketball shorts XL mens Shirts XL mens 10 1/2 - mens size Sizes correct - he is a big boy

On behalf of the Lakota Families of Pine Ridge Reservation and One Spirit,
we thank you for your kindness and generous heart.


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Please consider the following when deciding what items to send:

1. Clothing should be new, or if used, clean and in like-new condition

2. A good rule of thumb is if you would use it for yourself or your family, then it's good

3. Items should be free of stains, rips, tattered fabric or excessive wear

4. Weapons are not permitted


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