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Food Program

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Team ONE Spirit - The Lakota 5

Team ONE Spirit - the Lakota 5 - are running for the Lakota youth. They are competing to raise funds for reservation Youth Centers and inspire native youth to create a brighter future.

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Rapid City SD 57709

Food Program

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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Tribal Resolution

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

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T-Shirts and Bracelets

Exciting Offers!

Now you can get your own One Spirit T-Shirt or one of the beautiful bracelets we are offering.

T-Shirt Bracelets

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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.

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Sponsorship Program





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.

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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.

Bamm and a family at the garage

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.

Please donate now for the October food delivery

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

Team One SpiritIn 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.

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Crazy Horse Run

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One Spirit Teams

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!

Amanda in San Francisco

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.

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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. Runners 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. 

Team One Spirit helping

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!!


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Payments can be made online from this website or by mail to:

     One Spirit
     PO Box 3209
     Rapid City, SD 57709


Children's FutureThis 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.


Betty Tuininga"I am willing to donate the painting 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


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ONE Spirit

ONE Spirit is a federally registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Monetary donations are tax deductible. 90% of all donations/contributions received are used for direct support of the Lakota programs. 
ONE Spirit is recognized by GuideStar, the primary resource for information about non-profits.

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