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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ONE SPIRIT OKINI LIST

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*

URGENT NEEDS!

The ALLEN YOUTH CENTER is asking for holiday gifts for approximately 200 children of all ages.

Items can be sent directly to: One Spirit, 77 Long Distance Blvd., Kyle, SD 57752.

Contact is Deborah Holcomb at dholcomb@nativeprogress.org if you have any questions.

Items requested are: toddler toys, basketballs, footballs, dolls, stuffed toys, tablets, books for all age groups, puzzles, board games, art supplies, hats, gloves, socks, RC Cars, toys for all age groups, hot cocoa and candy to hand out to all of the children.

Also, the ROSEBUD SOUP KITCHEN is in need of items for their community. They serve approximately 200 folks on a daily basis.

They have 15-18 babies under 3, 40 children age 3-10, 50 children 10-15 and 100 elders.

Items requested are toys for the babies, basketballs, dolls, stuffed toys, action figures, footballs, RC cars, batteries, toys, board games, puzzles, art kits, purses for the teen girls, hats, gloves, socks for the teens. Candy and treats to give to the children. Candles, hats, throws, socks and gloves to hand out to the elders.

They are also asking for tea, coffee, sugar-free hot cocoa, any types of non-sugar sweetener, creamer and snacks to serve at the soup kitchen.

Please send items to:
Marian and Bill Sorace
28584 BIA 9
PO Box 574
Rosebud, SD 57570
Phone contact: 605-828-5013 (Marian)

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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 -- https://www.onespiritlakota.org/. The center cannot process your cash donation or buy shoes for the children.

If you are interested in making a donation to the ERICA family, please contact us!
Family M/F Age Needs Comments Clothing sizes Items donated
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ERICA
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F pair of gloves - warm but not to bulky as he will be riding with them. She is also asking for help with shoes for her nieces and nephew who she is taking care of. Her husband, his father and their son and are going on the BIG FOOT RIDE which happens over the course of several days....The ride starts in Bridger S.D. On the 19th and it ends on the 29th of December in Wounded Knee S.D. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RIDE. They ride on horse. It is called the Big Foot Ride or Sitanka wokiksuye in honor of Chief Big Foot who was massacred in wounded knee the Wounded Knee MassacreThe ride starts in Bridger S.D. On the 19th and it ends on the 29th of December in Wounded Knee S.D. They ride on horse. It is called the Big Foot Ride or Sitanka wokiksuye in honor of Chief Big Foot who was massacred in wounded knee the Wounded Knee Massacre The ride starts in Bridger S.D. On the 19th and it ends on the 29th of December in Wounded Knee S.D. They ride on horse. It is called the Big Foot Ride or Sitanka wokiksuye in honor of Chief Big Foot who was massacred in wounded knee the Wounded Knee Massacre They ride in honor of the people who died in suffering and all the men, women and children who lost their lives that day Promised long johns and socks
Son M 13 some warm gloves and socks. black snowpants He is looking forward to doing this ride with his father to honor the lost of his people during difficult times....Traditions are very important to this families and they value their culture.. snowpants 33 Promised Winter Coat and boots
Nephew M 7 This little boy is in need of shoes....They are practically going to have to start taping them soon.... He is tall and chunky and as big as his sister....He is very hard on sneakers He is all boy and loves to play outside in the woods. shoes 2
Niece F 9 This little girl is in need of a pair of sneakers. she has outgrown her and they are falling aparts. Socks would be great too. She has long hair so some hairbands and ties would also be great. She is a petite little girl. Shoes 1 1/2
Niece F 13 sneakers and socks She is tall and slender and is quite an artist.. Her shoes are falling apart and she really needs some for school. Sneakers 7

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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