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 IF YOU SEND TO THE AYC, PLEASE PUT % of JENNIFER RICHARDS. Travis Thunder Bull is no longer associated with the center. The Allen Youth Center also needs diapers size 5, 4, 3, 2 sizes(a few parents inquired to volunteer for diapers.) Others have requested shampoo, body soap, laundry soap and lotion. To support 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.

If you are interested in making a donation to the GOLDIE family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F 68 Canned goods...meats/vegetables/fruits, shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, clothing and shoes. An elder is reaching out for help. She is new to the Okini but has heard wonderful things about our donors from her sister that was recently helped through the program! She has very little income and could really use a helping hand getting her kids ready for school and her 2 oldest are very much in need of new/newer clothing as it has been a while. She would be extremely grateful and delighted with any assistance. pants 16 women's, t-shirts XL (v neck preferred) shoes, 9.5 tie up tennis shoes Bag of Minestrone Soup (8 serving), pkt of Biscuit gravy mix, 1 bag white rice (48oz), 1 double can La Choy Chow Mein (beef & vegetable), Apple Pie Filling (20oz), 1 box yellow cake mix, 1 box chocolate pudding mix, 1 pkt coffee (mistletoe mocha), 1 pkt mushroom gravy mix, 1 bag Knorr rice (chicken), 3 pkts baking yeast, 1 box of buttermilk pancake mix, 1 bottle cinnamon sugar -- Mentholyptus cough drops, toothpaste, 36 hair elastics (dark / thick) 6 pencils, crossword puzzle book, 1 deck of cards...-10/31/19
Grandson F 24 STILL IN NEED OF JEANS, SHOES, UNDERWEAR, SHAMPOO, BODY SOAP, TOOTHPASTE & BRUSH. jeans 36x36, t-shirts 2X, shoes 12 (high top tennis shoes),underwear 36-38 waist l/s, s/s, 3 pr men's ankle socks ...
Granddaughter F 20 STILL IN NEED OF SHOES & SOCKS. In her 3rd year of college to become a Special Education teacher. jeans 32x34 men's, t-shirts M men's, shoes 9 (high top tennis shoes) sports bra L s/s, cardigan, 2 pr socks ...
Granddaughter F 15 STILL IN NEED OF CLOTHING, SHOES AND SOCKS. jeans 9 jrs., tops/hoody M jrs, shoe 8 (slip on tennis shoes), sports bra M 2 pr jeans, 2 pr tights, l/s, cami, hoodie, bra, 2 pr knee highs ... backpack, school supplies, snacks
Grandson M 13 STILL IN NEED OF CLOTHING, SHOES AND SOCKS. YOUTH SIZES: pants 14 slim, t-shirts XL (or men's S), shoes 9.5 jumper, s/s, 2 l/s, 3 pr boxers ... backpack, school supplies, snacks
Grandson M 13 STILL IN NEED OF CLOTHING, SHOES AND SOCKS. YOUTH SIZES: pants 14 slim, t-shirts XL (or men's S), shoes 9.5 jumper, l/s, s/s, hoodie, 2 pr boxers, 1 pr crew socks ... backpack, school supplies, snacks
Daughter F 37 STILL IN NEED OF CLOTHING, SHOES AND SOCKS. PLEASE NOTE: This young lady has Downs Syndrome so tops/hoody/sweaters should be pull on or zip up as she has problems with her hands. pants 18P (elastic waist), tops XL, sports bra XL, shoes 3 (very small feet) or a size 1 youth 2 pr leggings, jumper, s/s cardigan, l/s cardigan, l/s, 4 pr panties, 3 pr socks, sport bra, gloves ...

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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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.

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2. when your gift was sent
3. the tracking number, and
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