The Charging Buffalo Facility Exterior
One Spirit has always had as our core mission the providing of nutritional support to the people of the Oglala Lakota living on the poverty-swept Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
As we have grown and identified other ways to help these proud people out of the morass of poverty, disease, and desperation that years of neglect have caused, the Lakota have always responded by working harder and harder to achieve self-sufficiency. They have not settled for becoming charity cases, but have used the assistance we have tried to provide to find their own way to take care of the Oyate ("People").
The ONE Spirit family is in need of some additions.
- Do your skills include communication, databases, graphics, layout, cross culture expertise?
- Do your interests include new adventures?
- Do you seek the satisfaction of making an impact in our world?
- Do you have time to spare?
- Do you like working with a lot of fantastic people who come from many different cultures?
- Do you like to have fun?
We're looking for you.
It is difficult to even decide where to begin in writing a comment about the recent racist slur uttered by President Donald Trump at a ceremony that was supposed to honor three surviving Navajo veterans of World War II.
These heroes, like members of other tribes including the Lakota, served as communications aides for American forces in the war, as had Cherokee and Choctaw tribesmen in World War I. Despite discrimination and racism, Native Americans have always served with distinction in the military, honoring their country and their elders.
Photo credit: screengrab from CNN video
We are so grateful to all of you for your support throughout 2017.Because of your kindness, we've been able to provide wood for home heat to elders in need. We were able to support the 2017 Crazy Horse ride by providing food and drinks. Plus, we've established the first Lacrosse team on Pine Ridge, the Oglala Wild. The Charging Buffalo House is nearly complete, thanks to many who have worked so hard to raise funds. All this, while feeding about 500 families each month with fresh, healthy food that is unavailable to them from any other programs. Your generosity has also helped feed the children of the Allen Youth Center and the Rosebud Soup kitchen. Every one of you and every single donation has benefited our support of the Oglala Lakota.