How To Donate
This month's Food Day is scheduled for:
Saturday, October 25th
The last day to submit food orders is:
Friday, October 17th
We have until Sunday, October 19th (end of day)
to accept donations to be able to get food for all of the un-sponsored families needing help.
Please email your food selections to Diane Capalario today.
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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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Meat House Project
Read Bamm's latest update on The One Spirit Lakota Meat House Project
T-Shirts and Bracelets
Now you can get your own One Spirit T-Shirt or one of the beautiful bracelets we are offering.
Support OS while Shopping
Now you have the great opportunity to raise money for One Spirit while you are shopping without paying more for your products. Click on the link below to learn how it works.
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.
Quotation of the week
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead
One Spirit End Hunger Project
As of tomorrow evening, 30 families will not be receiving food this month.
200 children will be coming home for a week to an empty dinner table.
One of those families is a single mom raising 6 children. She works TANF hours (hours required to receive assistance through Social Service.) Food stamps have already run out for her family.
Another family is two grandparents caring for 7 grandchildren. Economic conditions in France has forced our sister organization, PRES, to reduce the number of families they sponsor for food and we are struggling to provide food for those families.
While we are working to change the food distribution system, it is the OS food program that families turn to. Without you, we will not be able to help.
Can you sponsor 1 family this month?
Team One Spirit and the Four Lakota Values
In two weeks, Team One Spirit will again travel to New York to compete in the prestigious New York City Marathon. Since their beginning in 2012, the team’s ranks have increased amazingly to include Lakota people from age 6 to 60. Across the reservation kids are asking to be part of Team One Spirit and they show up in large numbers for the organized runs – more than 400 at the last run.
Your support has provided shirts that youth throughout the reservation wear with pride. Your support has allowed them to participate in the Denver Marathon where they were honored by competing teams; to win their divisions in the Billy Mills marathon on Rosebud Reservation, and, just recently, to participate and win the Run Crazy Horse Relay Marathon.
Crazy Horse Run
Celebrate with us!!!
Team One Spirit Lakota five won 1st place overall and in the men's division of Run Crazy Horse Marathon Relay finishing in 3 hours 12 minutes. Team One Spirit Oyate took 6th place in the men's division with a time of 3 hours 42 minutes.
The Winyan (women) placed 6th in their division and 22nd overall.
Next Stop - New York City Marathon November 2nd.
Team Member Adds Another Accomplishment to Her List!
The battle to overcome the negative effects of living in poverty is a battle worth fighting and Team One Spirit means to help Lakota youth win. Your support is vital to keep the momentum going.
Team One Spirit goes “all out” to show that Lakota people are much more than the negative publicity so often generated about their reservation and their people. Over the next two weeks we will be showcasing what members of the team are doing and how they are having an impact with the youth of Pine Ridge. We begin with Amanda Carlow.
Show your support for Team One Spirit
Show your support for Team One Spirit
This year, Team One Spirit:
- Ran in the Denver Marathon and were honored by other teams who gave $2000 to support Lakota youth programs.
- Held a “Run for Life, Run to Remember” for the youth. More than 300 young people participated.
- Won first and second places in their division in the Billy Mills Marathon on Rosebud Reservation
- Ran in El Grito event in Denver.
- Ran in the Victoria Secret dirty half marathon. A particularly difficult event in the Black hills that resulted in a couple of injuries.
- Assisted with the Reservation Diabetes Triathlon where the runners ran with the community to help people complete their first event and adopt a healthy life style.
- Conducted a running camp with about 60 kids on the reservation.
Still to come:
- On October 5th, 15 members of Team One Spirit will participate in the Crazy Horse Relay Marathon at the site of the Crazy Horse Monument.
- On November 2nd, 5 team members will not only run in the New York City Marathon but will be honored at a ceremony in Staten Island for their work in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
Back home, throughout all these events, 40,000 Lakota people watch and cheer. More than half of the watchers are Lakota youth - the more than 300 youth who participate in the running program, the many youth who are waiting to take part, and even more youth who wonder if they should or could.
Team One Spirit is inspiring the youth and letting them know that it is good to be Lakota.
Lakota Friendship Bracelets
To honor the achievements of Team One Spirit, two Lakota artists beaded friendship bracelets that have been smudged and blessed to carry with them to the receiver the thanks of the Lakota nation.
The first 100 people who donate $25 to support Team One Spirit will receive one of these bracelets.
Show them we’ve got their back. Let’s continue to let the youth of Pine Ridge Reservation know that it is great to be Lakota!!
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payments can be made online from this website or by mail to:
PO Box 3209
Rapid City, SD 57709
This painting is entitled "Our Children Hold the Future in their Hands". Mixed media on Canvas. 45.7 cm x 50.8 cm. unframed, gallery-wrapped, finished edges.
For every $10.00 you donate to One Spirit Youth Programs, you will receive an entry to the drawing for this extraordinary art piece.
"I am willing to donate the painting ...to benefit One Spirit's YOUTH program. This is something that is near and dear to my heart."
"The painting is very textural as it is a combination of oils mixed with cold waxed and applied with a palette knife. It gives it a raw visceral appeal. My impetus for painting this was my frustration with the state of world peace and the state of poverty and life within our own country. I realized that I would never see those changes in my lifetime. My young grandsons (the models for this painting) have so much ahead of them. I realized that they, along with the rest of their generation, are the hope of the world. It is so much to hand off to them... and for each generation that follows. I am also painfully aware that for some, the effort is acutely more difficult!"
~Betty Tuininga, Artist
Watch the latest video we made about our programs: