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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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 Sewing Circle needs material for their sewing classes to make pot holders and aprons. The quilters also want to hold star quilt sessions for a 8th grade student hoping to graduate this year. They also plan to make custom Christmas stockings if they receive some native print materials. Also needed are 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. Some boys asked for body wash for boys. Can you help with some of these needs? School supplies are still needed but backpack request has been met. 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.

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Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F 26 Toilet paper, paper towels, laundry and dish soap, body wash, shampoo, lotion, winter clothes, coat, boots, socks, underwear, hat, gloves, blankets, towels, washcloths, electric heaters, toaster oven, pantry items This mother of 4 children is new to One Spirit. She lives in a trailer that was damaged by a tornado and half of her house is unlivable, and she has can't use her furnace and cook stove and has black mold in one end of the trailer. Her house is always cold. She would like a heater, toaster oven. Her family is cold and winter is coming. pants size-5/6 shirts size-S/M Boots size-6.5 Coat size-M F8- 1 jeans, 1 leggings, 1 sweatpants, 2 l/s shirts, 1 dress, underwear M6- 3 sweatpants, 1 zip up hoodie, 2 l/s shirts, 1 flannel shirt F3- 1 leggings F2- 2 leggings, 1 l/s shirt-10/18/19
Daughter F 2 Winter clothes, shoes, boots, diapers, socks, wipes, hat, mittens This precious 2 year old girl wants to be independent and do things by herself. She likes picture and coloring books, and dolls. Her favorite color is pink. shoes/boots size-6 coat size 3T diapers size-5 s2 tops & 3 sweatpants. now boots, pair of shoes, PJs, 5 pair of underwear, 5 pair of socks coat, 3 pants, 4 tops 2 leggings, 1 l/s shirt one outfit
Daughter F 3 Winter clothes, coat, boots, underwear, socks, mittens, hat, winter pajamas This beautiful little girl likes to read and draw. She likes crayons and colored pencils. She has outgrown her coat and winter will be here soon. Her favorite color is purple. boots/shoes size-7 pajamas size-7/8 coat size-3/4 2 tops & 3 pair leggings. snow boots, pair of shoes, PJs, 5 pair of underwear, 5 pair of socks coat, 3 pants, 4 tops 1 leggings 1 outfit
Son M 6 Winter clothes, boots, shoes, underwear and socks, hat, mittens, This little boy is in kindergarten. He is creative and sings and drums in the traditional way. He needs winter clothes and boots so he can continue to go to school. His favorite color is blue. pants size-5/6 boots/shoes size-10.5 pajamas size-7/8 3 shirts.*snow boots, pair of shoes, PJs, 5 pair of underwear, 5 pair of socks coat, 3 shirts, 3 pants, 3 shirts 3 sweatpants, 1 zip up hoodie, 2 l/s shirts, 1 flannel shirt one outfit
Daughter F 8 Winter clothes, socks, shoes, hat, mittens, winter pajamas, sweaters This little girl is in third grade. She dances and sings in the traditional way and was named Miss Lakota Waldorf by her school. She is teased by other students about the condition of her home and is reluctant to go to school. Her favorite colors are yellow, green and brown. shoes size-11 sweaters size-7/8 pajamas size-7/8 2 pair pants & 2 tops. snow boots, pair of shoes, PJs, 5 pair of underwear, 5 pair of socks coat, boots, 3 pants, 4 tops 1 jeans, 1 leggings, 1 sweatpants, 2 l/s shirts, 1 dress, underwear three outfits

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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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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