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A Call from a Lakota Elder


Listen to the Voice of a Lakota Elder

The call from this elder touched our hearts and made the day special for all who work on the food program. We wanted all who donate and make this food possible to also hear her message.  It is calls like this and seeing the faces of people on the food routes or who walk into the building that makes all of us understand the reason for what we do. To the food workers, "it makes us feel like superheroes - that's what we are to them."

From one of the delivery drivers, "It feels so good delivering to all the people I know that are without food and making a difference. They are so glad to see us."

From the hearts of the Lakota people and all of One Spirit, we humbly thank all who help make the food possible.


The One Spirit Buffalo House – A meat processing facility


The progress will soon continue on our ever so important project. We are now preparing to insulate and sheet rock the interior of the building. After that will be the commercial grade glass board, which is a requirement for commercial food-handling buildings. This project is very close to being operational at the current time.

Outside of the Meat House

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About the Okini Program

Okini is a Lakota word meaning "to share material things"

Many Ways to Share

Imagine not having coats or shoes for your growing children or blankets for them or elders to stay warm in the bitter South Dakota winter where the temperatures can reach below zero. The Okini program allows us to reach out and touch peoples lives, letting them know we care. This is a unique program that allows individuals, families and/or with friends to share with the Lakota in different ways.

One way is the Okini list which is a list of families and individuals who are in desperate need of clothing, shoes, blankets, pots & pans, etc. These families in need have been listed by our intake coordinator. The wonderful thing about this program is that you are able to look at the list of people and families to see what you can help with. By offering a helping hand, you can help change their lives for the better.

Direct Assistance

This list is updated frequently with new families and shows what existing families have already received. You can choose to help an individual, part of a family or a whole family. The great part is that when you notify the coordinator with what you have, they will give you the individuals full name and address and you will be able to mail it to them directly. Your gift to the family will then be posted next to the families name. Imagine the happiness they have when they receive a box from a unknown new friend and realize that someone cares about them. It does not matter how much or little you send, you are touching some one's life. The items you send can be new or gently used.

Some of the sad stories are of a mother who can not send her children to school because they have no clothes or shoes that fit. A grandmother who has just received custody of her four grandchildren and they have no clothes other than what they are wearing. A family who has lost their belongings from a fire and have little clothes, blankets or heaters.

A Great Way To Get Involved

The Okini program is a wonderful way to become involved with the One Spirit family. As you can see, there are many ways to help and we are always looking for creative new ideas to expand our program. Please visit often as our list of needs is always changing.

Visiting the Okini list will not only be benefiting the Lakota Sioux families, it will be a life changing experience for you.

“If each of us looks deep inside ourselves we will find that which makes a difference.”

-Horse Woman Spirit Runs Free