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 We're having a "Shower" for the Allen Youth Center. Items requested: Construction paper, stapler, tape with dispenser, glue, cupcake pan liners; comfortable, inviting, soft and colorful furniture, beanbag chairs, throw pillows, end tables, lamps, area rugs, throw afghans, colorful items! Cupcake pans, dishes, bowls, spoons, forks, big pots, pans, cooking utensils, serving dishes (they are feeding kids and need lots of dishes - enough for 50 people or so), large serving utensils and cooking utensils (cooking utensils should be big), big pots for soup and stew, large skillets, large sauce pans. Sturdy utensils - enough spoons, forks, table knives for 50 or so and . "Wopila Tonka"

If you are interested in making a donation to the KEVIN family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
M 51 Kevin really needs a new pair of fingerless gloves for when he is using his wheelchair. He would love some art supplies. He works with pastel chalk, charcoal pencils and acrylic paints. Kevin is a double amputee trying to support his family on a small disability check and artwork that he tries to sell for extra money. The family is in urgent need of blankets, space heaters, winter clothing and any kind of food items. This is the first time the family has ever reached out for help. pants 36 waist sweatpants XL Shirt XL coat XL 3 pkg of browns rice 2 pkg lemon noodles 3lbs of pinto beans 1 can clam chowder 1 can stewed tomatoes 1 jar of salsa spices crackers /hot tea leather fingerless gloves, blanket, zippered bag, 32 oz. rolled oats, cake mix hooded jacket, 2 washcloths, bar soap,
Daughter F 11 This little girls hasn't had new clothing in a very long time. Winter clothing, thermal undergarments and boots would be a wonderful surprise. pants 14-16 b/g's tops 14-16 b/g's coat 14-16 b/g's shoes 7.5 winter jacket girl's long underwear size 14/16, 3 pair panties
Spouse F 49 Could use a pair of winter boots and jeans. jeans 18 tops XL shoe 10 coat XL fleece vest, jeans
Son M 17 Timothy's most urgent need is a pair of high top tennis shoes as the pair he has now are worn out. But, he could use any clothing items as well. pants 38x34 shirt XL coat 2x shoe 12 high tops zip up Sherpa lined hoodie, 2 pr. Socks
Daughter F 24 Charlie is a college student. She could use a pair of walking tennis shoes, thermal undergarments and some school supplies. pants 16 tops L wns coat L wns shoe 9.5 walking/workout tennis shoes Women's large long underwear

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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