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!
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ALLEN YOUTH CENTER ALLEN The Allen Youth Center needs diapers. Others have requested shampoo, body soap, laundry soap and lotion. 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 DAWN family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F 48 Toilet paper, trash bags, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, laundry & dish detergent, pantry items, toothbrushes (3), toothpaste, maxi pads, tampons, lotion, towels, boots, socks, underwear, pants, shirts, sport bras, solid cotton fabric, needles, thread, quilting supplies, scissors This family is new to One Spirit. She just moved back to the area after her husband left her and took everything. She has no income and is in need of winter clothes, hygiene items, and food. She used to make quilts but has no fabric or sewing supplies. Any help is greatly appreciated. boots size-8 pants size-15/16 tops size-2XL underwear size-8 sports bras size-XL Dawn- bra, vitamins, lotion, ibuprofen, cough drops, 2 chapsticks, toothpaste, floss, towel, 3 washcloths, stationery , 1# ham Daughter 24- bra, long sleeve T-shirt Daughter 25- sports bra, long sleeve sweater-2/3/20
Daughter F 24 boots, hat, gloves, socks, underwear, leggings This young woman is disabled with scoliosis and just moved back to the reservation with her mother and sister. She is in need of winter clothes. Thank you. Boots size-11 Wide underwear size-10 leggings size-3XL Tops & bras size 3XL 1 3X jacket Bra, long sleeve T-shirt - 1/31/20
Daughter F 25 Coat, boots, socks, underwear, hat, gloves, leggings This young woman just moved back to the reservation with her sister and mother. She is looking for work and has no winter clothes. Thank you for any help. Coat size-2XL boots size-9 underwear size-8 sports bras size-2XL leggings size-2XL tops size-2XL 1 2X jacket Sports bra, long sleeve sweater - 1/31/20

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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