Everyone except the most die-hard introvert or hermit among us feels a desire for some sort of community.
Among the Oglala Lakota, traditional culture has always placed paramount value on wacantognaka (generosity), which means sharing and giving freely among one's people (oyate). In other words, building community by caring for one another is an important value for the Lakota.
Helping the Oglala Lakota achieve better lives, whether through our food programs, athletic programs, and cultural development that respects and build pride among the people: all of these have been guideposts for how One Spirit tries to help the oyate help themselves. When we first realized that community facilities providing a place to foster good health, education, activities, and cultural involvement were needed---especially for the youth---we decided to begin our efforts to meet this need in the town of Allen, with the One Spirit Allen Youth Center.
Celebration dancing. Photo by David Brown Eyes
The Grand Opening!
One of the touchstones, or foundational principles, of One Spirit has been, from the beginning, to help the Oglala Lakota help themselves. Instead of merely handing out aid as such, we have always tried to find ways to enhance the ability of the oyate to become more self-sufficient. This applies not only to improved nutrition, which our food program works to address, but to help create the means for the Lakota to work on solving problems on the reservation that respects Lakota traditions and culture.
Once again, we are lucky enough to have a video from Dawn Brown Eyes showcasing the gorgeous dream catchers that are being donated for the Run for Life and two Lakota sports teams.
Every donation of $10 is worth one ticket for a chance at the dream catchers. But, you must "play" to win!