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*

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We are excited that our new Lakota-based transition team is stepping in to help manage Okini!

We are very grateful for the support that has allowed the Okini program to fulfill so many urgent needs for the Lakota people.

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ORGANIZATIONS -- If you can help these organizations, please get in touch!
Organization City Needs Contact
ALLEN YOUTH CENTER ALLEN The Allen Youth Center needs diapers, shampoo, body soap, laundry soap, and lotion. Blankets have been also requested by some families. To provide financial support for 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 CHANTE family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F 28 hygiene products This mother of 4 children, 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. Her family is cold thru winter. pants size-5/6 shirts size-S/M shoes 6.5 bleach cleaner laundry soap bath wash Deodorant kids game, Food Pantry items, Canned corn and green beans, Pancake mix & syrup instant oatmeal. pop tarts spaghetti sauce, pasta jeans and warm hoodie 3 sweaters, 1 robe, long underwear, 2 light jackets
Daughter F 3 shirts, pants, shoes, pajamas- She likes pretty bright colors, loves playing dolls. shoes size-7 clothes size 5T blanket- fleece set warm pjs and toys - 1 game, 1 book, 1 spirograph art set, 1 "mermaid" blanket, 3 pairs of gloves
Daughter F 5 pants, shirts, shoes, 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. Most clothing needs have been met. Thank you. shoes size-7 pajamas size-7/8 Clothes size 7/8 blanket- 2 pants 2 tops warm pjs and toys - 1 game, 1 book, 1 spirograph art set, 1 "mermaid" blanket, 3 pairs of gloves
Son M 7 Pants, T-shirts, pajamas, and shoes pants size-9/10 shoes size-1 pajamas size-9/10 blanket- 2 pants tops warm pjs, and toys - 6 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of shorts, 3 long sleeved shirts, 3 short sleeved t-shirts, 1 pajama shirt, 3 button-down shirts - 1 game, 1 book, 1 spirograph art set, 1 "mermaid" blanket, 3 pairs of gloves
Daughter F 9 Pants, T-shirts, Shoes, pajamas and she like LOL dolls colors. shoes size-3 sweaters size-10/12 pajamas size-10/12 blanket - 2 pants 2 tops warm pjs and toys 1 sweatshirt, 1 dress, 1 skirt 1 game, 1 book, 1 spirograph art set, 1 "mermaid" blanket, 3 pairs of 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.

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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