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PO Box 3209
Rapid City SD 57709
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In September 2011, the tribal council of the Oglala Lakota passed a resolution in support of One Spirit.
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The Sponsorship program has always been an important OS program that brings assistance directly to families and elders and also promotes inter-cultural understanding and friendship. Both families and sponsors tell us frequently how much it means to them. Both seem to gain equal benefits from the program. There are about 800 sponsors in the program at this time and about 1000 children and elders on the waiting list hoping for a sponsor. The children and elders on the program have urgent needs for warm clothing, blankets, shoes, food and other basic needs.
Youth Center Opens March 28th
Deadline for Donations Set for March 20th
We have received several items on our wish list and are so thankful for your support of the Lakota youth. If you are one of those kind donors please let us know what you have sent. We want to be able to thank you personally and it will also help us to keep our wish list updated.
If you place an order to be shipped directly to the reservation, please email Sharon Dusky, Donor Services manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items Still Needed
Thanks to our generous donors, we have received the kitchen appliances and many of the arts and crafts, puzzles, bean bags and hygiene supplies pledged.
However, we are still in need of 10 folding tables (at least 48 inches) and 25 stacking or folding chairs.
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We Need Your Support
We want to make sure that all of the kids feel like they belong. We want them to feel a sense of pride in being part of the youth center. To welcome them into this new community, we are hoping to give each child a t-shirt. The cost of each is $15.00 and we are in need of sponsors to help obtain them.
To be ready for our March 28th Grand Opening, we will need to receive all of the needed items by March 20th.
Please help us furnish the inside to match the beautiful outside.
Would you please consider sponsoring a T-shirt for one Lakota child?
Manderson and Wounded Knee next
"Amidst an increasing number of news reports detailing cases of fraud involving charities working on behalf of Native people, the organization One Spirit has advanced its efforts to improve the lives of children on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation by erecting a youth center in the community of Allen. “We have been working with the Lakota people for a while to pull together a youth center. It really started with the folks in Allen as they approached us,” said Jeri Baker of One Spirit. One of the things that have been big on our list is a youth center, something that we can use to provide the type of care that youth need,” she added.
"The stated mission of the organization which has been operating on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for about ten years is to help assist Native people in reinvigorating culture..." Read the rest of the article in the Lakota Country Times.
"Youth center in Allen nears completion | KOTATV.com Rapid City, Black Hills, So Dak. Gillette Sheridan KOTA Territory News"
"Youth in Allen will now have a safe place to hang out and seek support."
See the Kota News interview with elder and community leader, John DuBray
Community leader John DuBray smiles as he watches his dream come true.
Cold days return to the Lakota
Our Mission right now is Firewood. Seeing those warmer winter days of February all of a sudden vanish has brought about some panic for some of our elders. When the garage open sign is on we get people coming in who are desperate for help. Whether it is for food or firewood, they all now know the garage is the Base Station for the One Spirit help.
Lakota Actor Supports One Spirit
Sicangu Lakota actor Michael Spears has joined with One Spirit to raise funds for the Food and Wood Program.
The lucky winner of the Michael Spears Autographed T Shirt is Carol Mulloy from Topsham.
Congratulations! and thank you for your donation. We couldn't do what we do if it wasn't for you!
The Cruelties of Childhood Poverty
"A report by the Children's Defense fund, Ending Child Poverty Now, points out the cruelties of childhood poverty: worse health and educational outcomes, impaired cognitive development and the effects of “toxic stress” on brain functions." Blow, C. (2015, January 27). Reducing Our Obscene Level of Child Poverty.