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Most of you are aware of the dire situation on Pine Ridge Reservation and have seen the photos and read the news reports. In view of the situation there, we are working with the Tribal Emergency Management Services to purchase food and water for them to distribute. Right now, much distribution is being done by horseback and boat. In addition to the flooding, a water main was compromised and 8000 people are reported to be without water. All people on the Reservation are being advised to boil water, if they have any coming into their house.

Flooded roads

Photo: Kristina Barker for The New York Times :

This week we are purchasing food to help the emergency situation. Additional food and water will be stocked at the Allen Youth Center and will be available to those who need it. For those who are urgently in need of food, are not being reached by Emergency Management, and can get to the center, we ask them to do so. If those options are not possible, we will make every effort to get food and water where it is needed.

Obviously, the regular food box delivery will not take place. First it would be impossible to deliver to a lot of places and secondly,  there are so many stranded and in need that we must help out.


FloodPhoto: Kristina Barker for The New York Times :


For those wonderful donors who purchase food each month for specific families or individuals, please know that this month we cannot guarantee that the person for whom you purchased food will have food delivered to them. As above, we will make every effort to get food where it is urgently needed. However, you can have several options this month.  

1. If you like, we will happily refund your money since we cannot guarantee delivery in this situation.  
2. You can ask that we apply the money to next month's food box and we will be happy to do that.  
3. You can apply the money you donated for the purchase to help with this emergency situation.  

If you would like to use either option 1 or 2, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Whatever option you choose, please know that now and always you are so much appreciated.

For all One Spirit supporters, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity in helping now in the emergency and in regular times as we continue our drive to end hunger on Pine Ridge Reservation and help the Lakota become self-sufficient in their efforts to feed their people. 

Thank you

If you can help in this emergency situation, that help will, as always, go completely to meet the needs.

Love and peace

Jeri Baker
Director, One Spirit


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