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*

Much to our dismay, Cheryl Buchta is no longer working with One Spirit. We will have a transition team in place by the end of the month.

If you have urgent questions, please email Jeri Baker at

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. 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 BRENDA family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
F 58 Urgent need for space heaters, blankets of all sizes, laundry detergent, bleach, hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, winter jacket and snowboots, material to make masks This family of 10 really needs some help right now. They live in an older very drafty house and could really use heaters. Every time Brenda gets a blanket she gives it to one of her children so she doesn't have one right now. Please consider helping! Winter jacket size 2X, snowboots size 9 wide 2 Queen size Flannel blankets - one teal & one purple-12/28/20
Daughter F 10 Winter clothing Girls size 10 warm shirts/pants, size 12 jacket 2 girls jackets size 12 Pack of girls masks (3)
Daughter F 10 Winter clothing Girls size 10 warm shirts, pants, jacket size 12 girls jackets size 12 Pack of girls masks (3)
Daughter F 36 Winter clothing Size XL winter jacket, size 9 snowboots size 10 Clarks boots, long sleeve top, dozen disposable gloves, 2 hair ties,
Son M 28 Winter clothing Winter jacket size 3X, workboots size 12
Son M 21 Winter jacket and workboots Winter jacket size 4X, workboots size 14
Daughter F 11 Winter Clothing Women's size L warm shirts, size 10 jeans
Daughter F 16 Needs winter clothing Has Down's Syndrome and needs leggings that are easy to pull up, Leggings size 18/20, winter jacket size Large (does not like fur at all)

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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