One Spirit

Rating: 4.96 stars   90 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Immigration

Location: PO Box 3209 Rapid City SD 57709 USA

Mission: The ONE Spirit Mission is to assist the Lakota people in preserving and revitalizing the Lakota culture, language, and self-sufficiency while meeting the basic needs of Lakota families, children, and elders. We strive to cultivate an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society.
Results: Food delivered monthly to the homes of 1500 people on the reservation. Lakota employed in wood and home repair programs supported by One Spirit. Safe house built this year for youth. Fundraising now for youth centers to be built in every area of the reservation. 700 children and elders in sponsorship program.
Target demographics: The 40,000 people on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500 per month in food program 20 children regularly in the safe house 150 homes heated through the wood program 700 children and elders served through the sponsorship program 500 people benefitted from the Okini program
Geographic areas served: Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Programs: Sponsorship, food, heat, youth programs
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

One Spirit was brought to my attention through a blog I read, written by a young Lakota man. He recommended One Spirit as an upstanding organization that actually does what it says and impacts the lives of the people on the reservation. As I researched One Spirit myself and visited their website I was impressed with all of the various ways they provide to make donations - direct sponsorship, monthly or one-time donations through paypal, and the okini list. I was also impressed with the fact that money and contributions go directly to the people who need it and not into an administrator's wallet.

I have donated several times through pay pal and the raffles/contests that pop up and will continue to support them any way I can. It's a cause and an organization I feel good about supporting.

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I haven't donated much, but what I have donated was acknowledged and thanks were sent promptly by e-mail. I feel appreciated and I know my contributions make a positive difference. I'm so glad this organization exists because I know there is a big need for their services.

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Move myself to South Dakota so I could volunteer

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I have been a donor to One Spirit as well as contributing through their Okini program. I know that my contributions make a difference in part because of their transparency in their emails, postings on social networks and such. If there was every a non-profit making a difference, One Spirit is it!

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This group helps people so much and i'm happy to be a small part in it!

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I was in a sad place when I first learned of One Spirit. My parents had died and cleaning out their house, I had a great deal of extra sewing supplies. Then I read that One Spirit needed sewing supply donations for the Grandmothers on the reservation to make quilts. It seemed like fate! I had studied the legendary Lakota because my degrees are in Anthropology and always loved our Native cultures, but One Spirit has shown me the living people. Since then I have donated several times to the Food program and I am always wondering how else I can help. One Spirit keeps us up to date with the activities of the Lakota and I love seeing the beauty and charm of the children, the activism of the women and the power of the Marathon Runners. The USA has sacrificed our First People in the name of progress but I see the Lakota taking charge of their own power and working hard to make things right for themselves. I support One Spirit because through this organization, the Lakota give as much to me as I can to them, maybe more, because always they inspire me to strive to be a better person. They're great Americans and we should all support them! Thank you for this opportunity to review their excellent efforts.

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Like to see them earn some Federal grants to further improve things on the Reservation, so the kids can have computers and playgrounds and the adults can have current technology and opportunities for career advancement. Also money for additional infrastructure on the reservation like solar on people's homes, especially solar heating for those awful winters. this could also be a training opportunity for the men.

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My family works closely with jeri baker and Bamm brewer on the wood program to heat homes smd the crazy horse ride.

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Help them reach more audiences to help them attract more funding.

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ONE Spirit is the most uplifting organization I've encountered. The work they do is such a blessing to those they do it for and directly benefits those in need not just physically, but spiritually/emotionally/mentally. ONE Spirit took the time to establish a relationship with our family and continues to take the time to maintain it. ONE Spirit will always hold a special place in our hearts, as will the wonderful People they care for in so very many ways.

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I am new to One Spirit but all the people have been wonderful. I sponsor and I make monetary donations when able. I have told many friends about the organization and many have begun to work with them as well.

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I'm a retired Mohawk Metis elder, that attends Powwows in the Northeast as a vendor to raise money for One Spirit. 100% of the money that I generate goes to One Spirit, to purchase food, for the families, at Pine Ridge Reservation, in South Dakota. This organization is very transparent about where the money is spent and is dedicated to making the Lakota self sufficient.

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Nothing. This is a well oiled Charity/Organization that is well rooted in it's purpose.

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I've volunteered for One Spirit, for over 5 years. I'm a vendor at Native American Powwows, and donate the gross earnings from each powwow that I vend at, in southeastern New England. Not one person at One Spirit earns a salary. Each and everyone of us volunteer, because we believe in the organization. We can see first hand the victories that we achieve, against the poverty on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in South Dakota. I too am Indian (Mohawk) and it feels mighty good to help my brothers and sisters of the Lakota Tribe.

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Provide scholarships to the kids that stay in school, and get a high school diploma.

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I do Native American Powwow's in Southeastern New England. As a vendor, 100% of the money I raise from my booth, goes to One Spirit to assist them in meeting their goals, of feeding families, and supplying wood for the winter. Do I need to do this? Heck no, but I need to do this. I'm a Haudenosaunee (Mohawk) Metis Elder and I'm retired. While I'm not rich, I have all the essential things that I need in life. One Spirit supplies me with some merchandise. People donate items for me to resell, and I supply many items to resell, and the proceeds go to One Spirit. This is my fifth year and I'm really gratefull that I still have my health to do this. I also get great enjoyment out of turning people on to One Spirit and the Oglala Lakota Sioux. I couldn't think of a better cause to dedicate myself to. One Spirit is the reason that I get out of bed in the morning. It's certainly better than wasting away in a bar room!

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Start a College Tuition Fund!

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I have the absolutely highest regard for Jeri Baker and the One Spirit group. They are making a huge difference in life on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. They are currently providing fresh food to over 3000 needy people!

Jeri Baker has provided the support for this fine organization, they survive on donations, donations of all sorts, food, shelter, furniture, clothes, wood for warmth and support of the culture just to name a few.

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