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FedEx Small Business Grant Contest
The contest is closed now.
We will be informed by March, 24th if One Spirit won a grant or not and will keep you updated on this website.
This month's Food Day is scheduled for:
Saturday, March 29th
The last day to submit food orders is:
Friday, March 21st
If you would like to donate to the many people who don't have sponsors but desperately need food, we will need to order based on available funds by:
Sunday, March 23rd
Please email your food selections to Diane Capalario today.
Meet One Spirit Volunteers
Starting this month, February 2014, we are introducing to you the volunteers who stand and work for One Spirit.
Now you can support One Spirit when you shop at Amazon. 0,5% of your purchases will be donated to One Spirit at no extra cost for you after your registration.
Just click on the button above and you'll be redirected to Amazon Smile. Sign in with your normal Amazon email address and password. On your first visit to Amazon Smile, you need to select a charitable organization (One Spirit) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon Smile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on Amazon Smile will result in a donation.
iGive Lets You Easily Help ONE Spirit When You Shop
Help ONE Spirit every time you shop online, the iGive Button makes it simple. It's all free and so easy to be socially-conscious and doesn't change your purchase price!
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iGive members have donated $6,930,514.25 to their favorite causes.
In 2013 they have already raised $387,338.09.
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Quotation of the week
Lakota Artwork Raffle
Original Lakota Artwork Raffle to Support Youth Programs
One Spirit is dedicated to supporting Youth Programs on The Pine Ridge Reservation. Being involved in a group or team for the purpose of physical exercise is a recipe for success in many ways. Team Pride, interpersonal relationships, health and fitness, support of one another, positive sense of self, and FUN to name a few, are all reasons to support this cause. We continue our focus on running and Team One Spirit has expanded to include 15 Lakota youth who will be in the Colorado Marathon relay, continuing to run to raise funds for the Allen Youth Center.
We are also expanding our reach to help others dream big. The Pine Ridge Native Wrestling Team is trying to go to AAU Nationals. The team consists of kids in elementary through high school. The coach has them sign a contract that their grades are good and they usually do it. They also stay alcohol and drug free and work out every day.
To help support the youth of Pine Ridge, we are holding a raffle of a painting by a Lakota artist. The painting is an original 9" x 13" watercolor entitled, "Sacred Ones", painted by Lakota artist, Chandler Cruise. ONE Spirit commissioned him to create this piece for our fund raising purposes. Chandler Cruise is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe from Pine Ridge Reservation who is now living in Oregon. He paints under the name, "Wapahaluta" which means "Sacred One". His Lakota name was given to him by his grandmother in honor of the warrior who grabbed the American flag during the Battle of Little Big Horn (Custer's Last Stand).
Raffle tickets are $5 each and a drawing will be held on March 23rd
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.
Help the Lakota Stay Warm and Safe
Heat is a major crisis on the reservation. We are getting ever more reports of people burning clothes to stay warm, 20 or more people at a time in one room using an electric heater, and families who have been out of propane for days and not able to have hot food or drinks.
Wood is being delivered as fast as we are able to those who can use wood for heat and we are trying to match as many families as possible for a minimum $200 purchase of propane. We are also providing help with conservation measures to make the heat go as far as possible.
The weather forecast is for continued single digits and below zero temperatures. It is the One Spirit people who are coming forward to help. Every bit you donate will be used to provide heat during this arctic winter.
This is a gentleman whose wood was delivered today. He lives in a small trailer, no indoor plumbing, no running water. He is unable to use his left arm. But tonight he is warm.
The Arctic Weather Continues and Continues and….
But we can "weather this weather"
We have not previously found it necessary to help with propane. However:
The cost of propane – the fuel most used for heating reservation homes – just jumped to $3.60 per gallon.
- On the Reservation, temperatures remain below freezing and drop to single digits and below zero at night.
- The minimum order of $200 will provide 55 gallons of fuel.
- The average house on the reservation uses about 6 gallons of propane a day.
- The tribe has no more money to help buy fuel.
Calls from families and elders who are out of propane are coming in regularly.
- A 79 year old grandfather caring for his 3 grandchildren;
- A 72 year old elder who lives by herself and has no food or heat.
- A family of 10 who have no propane, no wood stove, and no other source of heat.
We are proposing a matching program. With your help, when a family pays $100 for fuel, we will match that amount. We are also offering help with conservation measures and the strategic use of electric space heaters.
Once more, let’s stand with the Lakota people. Together we can “weather this weather.”
One Spirit must help. Your contribution will keep a family warm.
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PO Box 3209
Rapid City, SD 57709
Fire Keepers and our Lakota Elders
One night years ago I sat outside an Inipi (purification) ceremony. The fire keeper was a young man with not much patience. He was having trouble getting the match to stay lit as it was time to light the fire and heat the rocks. They asked if I could do it and so I moved forward and got the task done. Soon the inipi fire was blazing and the rocks were heating up. I overheard one of the fire keepers say: “He lit the fire with one match”. I guess some have more trouble than others getting a fire lit, for me being an outdoorsman it was no problem.
Buffalo Hunt December 2013
Pine Ridge District Buffalo Hunters
It was cold and ground was frozen, but Kyle Reddy, Josh Apple and Mat Brewer had been given a responsibility. The Pine Ridge Village council had been given two Buffalo along with all other districts. The idea was to have meat for the elder meals program which delivers food to the elders every week day. It’s kind of like a soup kitchen each day but they serve more than just soup. The Buffalo was straight from our very own OST Parks and Recreation’s Buffalo pasture. The guide would be assistant Buffalo range manager Melton Around Him. The hides are prime and thick right now and it was the best time to hunt a buffalo. This crew was sharpening their knives of duty while the tribe celebrated LNI. The Pine Ridge Village cap office had given the crew the responsibility of harvesting and processing two Buffalo for the District elderly meals program. The chance was an honor and for the crew it meant getting the job done and helping to feed the people. If this day went as planned they would be responsible to harvest and process three buffalo. The third would be ours.