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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Organization City Needs Contact
ALLEN YOUTH CENTER ALLEN URGENT NEEDS : Toilet paper, paper towels, Dawn Dish soap, Simple Green cleaner for moping, toilet cleaner, Pine-Sol, Clorox Clean-ups, disposable vinyl gloves size L for cleaning, 30 gallon trash bags. FOR THE KITCHEN: flour, yeast, vegetable oil, Sweet-n-Low packets, coffee, coffee creamer, aluminum foil, disposable serving gloves, dish towels

If you are interested in making a donation to the JULIA family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F 49 Laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, space heaters (to conserve propane), pantry items...rice, beans, canned fruits/vegetables/meats, flour, shortening, pancake mix...etc. COULD REALLY USE SOME DISHES AND SILVERWARE AS THEY CURRENTLY HAVE NONE. Julia and her sister are both disabled. Julia's son takes care of them both along with his 3 children. There are 9 people in the household all together but they make it work. Funds are very limited and so the family has reached out for help. Currently they have no dishes and find themselves reusing paper plates. They also run out of food before the end of the month. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!! 2 coffee cups, 1 lb dried beans, can ham Pasta, 3 soup, 3 noodles, 3 rice, 4 beans, 1 rasins, 4 calenders, 4 can of tuna, Silverware, metal and plastic too. Reusable plastic cups , plates, bowls containers for food storage. 4 blue carry bags and dish soap-10/21/18
Granddaughter F 11 Young girl in desperate need of some winter clothing, coat, shoes/winter boots She plays for the school volley ball team, so hair ties would be great! jeans 1 jrs., tops/hoody/coat s womens, shoes 7 hooded jacket, hair ties
Grandson M 2 This little one is in urgent need of winter clothing, snow boots, stocking cap. clothing size 3T, shoe 8 1/s shirt
Grandson M 9 This young man is in urgent need of winter clothing, coat, snow boots. He would also really like hair clipper/trimmer so that his grandma can keep him looking good for school. BOYS SIZES: clothing 10, coat 12, shoes 3 jeans

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


The Okini program is a great way to make a difference in the life of a Lakota family.

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Now that you have selected your Family, please complete this form, including the My Contact Information section, then click the SAVE my information button that is located at the lower left of this page

Upon receipt of this completed form, One Spirit will send a response to you via email. We will provide you with instructions on sending the items to your selected family.

There will also be a link in the email for you to provide us with detailed information:

1. a list of the items that you sent
2. when your gift was sent
3. the tracking number, and
4. the expected delivery date
5. a question or comment

With this information, we will notify your selected family that your gift is on its way.

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