The Lakota language is unique and varied, with various ways of saying something. The word "pilamaya" is often used for a simple "thank you," while "wopila tanka" has a broader, ceremonial usage to express gratitude for all aspects of life in a wider sense, and refers to a general statement of gratefulness that applies to a group.
Extreme Weather Hits Pine Ridge
It is now bitter cold on the Reservation and the forecast is for it to continue. The people are out of wood and those who are disabled are much in need of our help. Many people on the Reservation are amputees due to diabetes and many more are struggling with cancer and heart disease.
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The Charging Buffalo Facility Exterior
One Spirit has always had as our core mission the providing of nutritional support to the people of the Oglala Lakota living on the poverty-swept Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
As we have grown and identified other ways to help these proud people out of the morass of poverty, disease, and desperation that years of neglect have caused, the Lakota have always responded by working harder and harder to achieve self-sufficiency. They have not settled for becoming charity cases, but have used the assistance we have tried to provide to find their own way to take care of the Oyate ("People").