I have been to the Pine Ridge Reservation and I am aware that they need asssitance. One Spirit is an organization that is dedicated to working with people with immediate needs but also to help them become more independent through education and training. Wonderful!!
I love One Spirit and the way work together with the Lakota community. I have been a donor for several years now. There are many ways to give and many wonderful programs to support. I have made credit card donations online, given in honor of my sister, supported the food program, bought items for teen girls getting help through the homeless shelter, and bought and shipped essentials through Amazon to a family in need. There are volunteer opportunities, too, even if you don't live near Pine Ridge. I have never had a problem with my donations or tax receipts. I receive frequent, detailed, warm, friendly communications -- with lots of great photos -- about how donations are being used. I am proud to support this nonprofit and recommend it wholeheartedly.
Hi, I have been in contact with One Spirit for almost a year now. I was looking to sponsor a child and One Spirit put me in touch with with my most lovely young friend who is almost like a daughter now. The joy we give each other is great. Her whole family is now part of my family. Thank you One Spirit. I would advise anyone to get in contact with them to create the same happiness we have got. Keep it up guys!
As a recently named Board Member of One Spirit, I am honored to post this review.
For many years I have supported numerous organizations that ask for charitable contributions to improve the lives of the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
I first learned of One Spirit and the remarkable leadership of its Founder and Director, Jeri Baker, in 2008.
From the very beginning it was clear to me that Jeri Baker/One Spirit made lasting differences in the daily lives of the Lakota People, and that any contribution I made would be gratefully accepted and used with extreme care to maintain the organization’s existing programs and to provide new and innovative “issues-based” solutions to long-standing impoverishment.
Here is a partial list of One Spirit’s ‘support of’ and ‘support to’ Lakota families in a single year: 2008:
• 700 coats for children and teens along with innumerable hats, gloves, scarves and socks
• Food and supplies for the Big Foot ride, an annual commemoration of Wounded Knee
• 500 radiator heaters for distribution to elders and families
• Wood cutting and handling equipment
* A stipend to the men on the reservation for cutting, splitting, stockpiling and delivering wood to elders and families for heating their homes
• Monthly delivery of nutritious food (Food Boxes): more than 100 families being fed, representing about 1000 people.
• Maintenance of the Okini sponsorship program that enables rapid responses to the urgent needs of children, families, and elders. Volunteers ship needed items directly to Lakota families
• During one of the worst blizzards ever recorded on the Reservation, One Spirit responded immediately to support the Lakota in delivering wood, food, blankets, lamps, and other emergency supplies
• 1000 sponsors sent food, fuel for heat, household items, clothing, coats, shoes, books, and diapers to families and elders
Look closely to see the ONE SPIRIT difference:
• Swift, accurate responses on the part of sponsors and donors who trust Jeri and her team of volunteers
• Practicality and strategic action: Food from One Spirit is distributed during the time when food is most scarce (the last week of one month and the first week of the next.)
• Recognition and respect for the culture and heritage of those she serves
• Courage to dare every obstacle from minimal infrastructure to unprecedented weather conditions, to poor nutrition to heartbreaking teen suicide rates to pervasive unemployment complicated by government shutdowns, failed government programs, and cutbacks in federal funding
• Profound respect for the self-image of those she serves - by providing stipends, leadership opportunities, closer ties to the underserved and endangered elders, and hope for adolescents and for children
Just 3 years later, 2011 turned out to be a landmark year for One Spirit:
In November of that year, One Spirit became the only non-profit organization to be formally recognized in a resolution adopted by the Tribal Council of the Lakota people:
WHEREAS, all of One Spirit’s programs are developed in response to needs identified by Lakota people, and
WHEREAS, One Spirit’s programs include but are not limited to providing food, wood, home repair, home heating support, youth support, and child sponsorship to the Lakota people,
and WHEREAS the Tribal Council has considered the matter and determined that it is in the best interests of the Tribe and its members to support the One Spirit Organization, now THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Tribal Council hereby expresses its support for the One Spirit Organization.
Fast forward to an extraordinary list of hand-in-hand-with-the-Lakota accomplishments inspired by Jeri Baker's leadership since then:
• Inclusion in the One Spirit Food Boxes of game taken by native hunters on the Reservation – a small but vital first step toward demonstrated self-sufficiency
• Construction and complete furnishing of a SAFE HOUSE serving 17 to 20 adolescents who find new hope daily in a home away from home, free of violence,
addiction, and gang activity,
• A greenhouse and an organic gardening program that allow families to raise and share fresh food – some of it contributed to the Food Boxes
• 2011: One Spirit announces the groundbreaking for a groundbreaking vision: The Charging Buffalo Meat Processing House that will provide modern, first
quality facilities meeting all applicable regulations for food handling, meat processing and food production. Serving hunters, families, and employees, the facility
will contribute food to the Food Boxes, provide steady employment, and, with time, fuel a market for unique, Pine Ridge-branded food products for sale to the
• 2014: One Spirit announces the groundbreaking of the Allen Youth Center requested by the Lakota to serve a remote area and to provide activities, mentoring,
tutoring, and a gathering place for Lakota youth (celebrating its 5th anniversary on March 28, 2020)
• To meet the needs of school children during the summer months of 2015 when school lunches are/were not available, several communities on the Reservation set
up food pantries to serve one communal meal each summer day. One Spirit supported and empowered these efforts to reduce hunger for both children and
• 2015: A complementary vision: stock the pantries (and the Food Boxes) with garden-grown vegetables and traditional foods such as buffalo meat, flat bread, choke
cherries, buffalo berries, and wild turnips.
• September, 2015: The Bring Back the Buffalo Project is born with a challenge grant from a generous donor. By November, the Charging Buffalo Meat Processing
House is under roof and has reached the half-way point. The project has provided employment, skill-building opportunities, pride of craftsmanship in construction,
• 2016: One Spirit begins work with the Tribal Department of Parks in the development of a plan for integrating buffalo meat into the One Spirit food program.
• 2017: The Greenhouse and Organic Garden project comes full circle as garden vegetables -- tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, onions, turnips, beets, and corn--grown on the
Reservation are included in the One Spirit Food Boxes for September.
• 2018: The One Spirit Wood Stove Program is initiated with a call for donations in April. The program is aimed at preventing the devastating house fires that have
resulted from unsafe and deteriorating woodstoves that are the sole means of heating some homes during the brutal winter season.
• 2018: July 8th dawns on the Grand Opening of the USDA-approved Charging Buffalo Meat Processing House.
• 2019: One Spirit Food Boxes (often filled with food sourced from local farms as well as the Reservation’s gardens and hunting grounds) are providing fresh
nutritious food to more than 500 families representing more than 5000 people, every month. This while providing food regularly to the Allen Youth Center, the
Rosebud Soup Kitchen, and the summer pantries that make up for the absence of school lunches by serving one community meal each day for the youth and
• 2019: ALL programs initiated by One Spirit have been maintained and expanded systematically, reaching and assisting increasing numbers of families. Partnerships
established along the way include Solar Power model systems to be installed on the Allen Youth Center and the Charging Buffalo House; fresh vegetables to be
purchased by One Spirit from local farms, and wood donations from an out-of-state lumbering company delivered directly to the Wood Program. One Spirit has
also expanded its resources to assist other self-help operations on the Reservation, including a one-woman Meals on Wheels who delivers food at her own
expense to elders and the homeless.
- 2020: One Spirit continues to distribute mask-making supplies, hand soap, and cleaning supplies with every food order delivered to combat the Corona Virus and bring peace of mind to all.
It should be apparent that every one of these extraordinary accomplishments bears the ONE SPIRIT hallmark: the purposeful cultivation of dignity and self-sufficiency of the Lakota.
The somewhat daunting motto of One Spirit – Lakota Op Sagiya Unkinajinpi – means “Standing Strong with the Lakota”, and this has done since the founding of the organization.
Jeri is admired, respected, and esteemed by all who share her vision and marvel at what “we” have accomplished under her direction.
I recently learned that the Lakota refer to Jeri as “Grandmother” -- a perfect indication of their affection and respect for an honored elder.
What finer personal recommendation could there be?
They are the most amazing non-profit I have been involved with. 100% of the donations go to programs, they support employment on the Lakota Reservation and help in a wide variety of ways while honoring self-determination. I have people donate to One Spirit every year for my birthday.
OneSpirit is the best nonprofit I have worked with. No one receives a salary—unlike many big, major nonprofits. I have met and become friends with the people who OneSpirit helps. This is not some anonymous charity where you are never sure if your donation actually reaches those it is supposed to help. The food program is amazing. It provides nutritious food! The sponsorship program lets sponsors know the individual or family they are working with. OneSpirit offers a hand up, not a hand out, as the saying goes. And, it does not promote pity but rather joy.
The work ONE Spirit collective does is so heartfelt. It puts compassion into action. It stands strong and works with and for the Oglala Lakota, from a heart of honest respect, integrity, and compassion. There are many pathways to assist ONE Spirit to deliver their programs and I have total confidence that 'what they say, they do'. It's a way for me to give back to First Nations who have given so much. I feel honoured to help in any way that I can.
One Spirit is aware of the needs in their communities and strives to meet them. Their food program feeds hundreds each month. They have worked with a local grocer to stock needed items that food stamps do not cover such as toilet paper, feminine products, deodorant, diapers and such things so the people can purchase them with a $25 per month voucher provided by One Spirit. They keep a list of the neediest who have asked for help and specifics are given ie. the size of shoes for a child, or pants or coats or needed soft foods for an elder whose life is being cut short by cancer. They identify community needs and strive to help the people become more self sufficient by building a butcher shop (The Buffalo House) which provides some income to the native workers as well as meat for the monthly food boxes. They realized there was a tremendous need for a laundrymat then decided to add showers so the people who have no running water can take a shower while their clothes are being washed and dried. Wood is provided for elders and families who have no heat in the winter. This is an area where there are few jobs available. And very cold winters. A garden area is being created so they can provide more of their own food. Some of these programs are well established and some are works in progress. This is an organization that I can’t give enough to. One Spirit is primarily a volunteer organization. Most of the money that is spent beyond helping the people is on rent and utilities. I hope you look into this organization and consider helping out.
Jeri Baker, Director, must never sleep!
I know first hand, as a volunteer and now, as a sponsor and contributor to Okini, that Jeri listens to all ideas and and is tenacious about working with the One Spirit Team of volunteers to dig in and get the big jobs done. She has a deep, caring heart, and is surrounded by folks who give tirelessly, lift spirits, bring joy and hope, to those who often are stuck in grinding poverty. Food is delivered to those who go to bed night after night with very little foods....some literally starving. Firewood is brought to those who have no way to keep warm. In the delivery of wood and foods, incomes are provided for local folks to lift them up to be able to meet the demands of family life , where jobs are very difficult to come by. Dignity is restored. Children are safer, healthier.....happier because they are fed, and have community centers where they can go to have fun....with their peers and with their families. The cycle of diabetes, alcoholism, drug addiction, and suicides stands a chance at getting eased and eliminated through the myriad of programs and supports offered through One Spirit.
For This and So Very Much More....One Spirit .....is a 5 star non-profit with heart and soul taking the lead to lend a hand on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Check it out and see how you can make a difference ....directly! Lasting, trusting, and deep friendships can be made with those, over time, who live on Pine Ridge.
A bow of gratitude and a blessing, now, on Jeri, and all the team of volunteers of One Spirit.
Over the six years or more I have been associated with One Spirit the work of this stella organisation has transformed the lives of so many people. I remember when I joined that every month brought tales of despair and tragic events but never of no hope.
Then I began to see a new story emerging, the young were taking responsibility, were showing the spirit I associated (as a white man) with the Lakota peoples.
Athletes were honoured, the young danced at ceremonies, the deliveries started to increase and the hope of seeing buffalo reappeared.
Over the last 12 months or so that dream became reality with the opening of a meat station and a meeting place for the youth of the nation.
There is more to do but One Spirit is in a far better place now than when I joined and will continue the progress...
One Spirit does so much to help the Oglala Lakota People and to raise awareness of their needs. I am honored to be able to partner with them to serve this great Nation and help them achieve their goals.
This charity has help so many people on the reservation. It has helped with cultural, economic, safety, food, and warmth. I have donated for years and a friend of mine on the reservation says people donations are making a big difference.
Whenever possible, I have been giving to OneSpirit and their Okini program for more than 10 years. Nothing makes you feel that you have given back like knowing to whom and where your donation(s) are going.
I have never been disappointed with One Spirit. They have always gone above and beyond to answer questions or to offer advice when I wasn't sure where my donation would best be used.
I've been donating to One Spirit for years with both a monthly donation and occasional extra contribution for a specific need. Informative newsletters have helped me understand the important ways this organization benefits the Lakota people including community projects and help during the pandemic. I began donating on the basis of not only the high ratings that One Spirit earns but on the personal recommendation from a relative who taught at Pine Ridge and has seen first hand how well this organization works.
I donate regularly because this group works WITH the Lakota people and seeks input on what is needed. ONE Spirit builds facilities that are needed and will provide long term help to the reservation.
I now celebrate holidays by selecting someone from the Okini List and filling that need. When I have received a personal thank you, I am grateful. But I am always sure my gift has been used in the way it was intended.
One Spirit did not use the $1,000 Awesome Foundation grant for the Lakota Funds Tiwahe Family Asset Building Program for which I obtained it. I have not received an definitive answer as to where the funds are or how the grant was used.
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ONE Spirit has allowed me hands-on experience with the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge Reservation by direct sponsorship of a Lakota elder and her extended family. The experience has been so moving that I am now engaged in grant writing and donation requests for ONE Spirit.
I read an article about this charity and was amazed at all that they manage to do with so little. As a person who has worked for non-profits, I was often saddened by how much money at those charities went to pay CEOs or for other business items rather than going straight to the people in need. One Spirit goes right where it is needed and saves lives and futures every day with very little....and are unflaggingly positive and grateful. I suggested to the school I work at that we adopt some families last winter , and we did. The things the families asked for? Things like socks and coats....these families live in South Dakota! OF COURSE they need these things to survive.....these are our fellow Americans! If you belong to a school or a church or a scout troop of a temple or a community center or well, ANY group and are looking for an incredible, spirited charity to donate to that uses EVERYTHING they've got to keep people fed, sheltered, educated and clothed, One Spirit is it. They are absolutely my heroes.
I follow ONE Spirit and I am excited by their mission. I have worked with other non-profits that follow a similar vision: empowering people to get out of poverty. I give as I can, but they have my full support; I only wish I could do more!
I learned of One Spirit in 2016 and have been involved with them ever since ! The Director is passionate about helping the Lakota help themselves with new businesses and employing tribal members. Besides the long term goals and respect given to working with the Pine Ridge Reservation, this excellant non profit is also helping coordinate and distribute monthly food boxes to families in need and elders. They help with firewood in the winters and have opened up the Allen Youth Center and a Buffalo processing plant recently. Many programs have been established and anyone interested in helping in some way directly can access the Okini list for clothes, food or sponsoring. Please share; they need help ! Blessings !
I am a 32 yr old Oglala Lakota member and I've been sober for 2 years now and I lived on the pine ridge reservation. I don't anymore, and I doubt I'll ever go back. Organizations like this Truly help bridge our traditional ways and modern technology to help across distances. I believe that will lead us out of these seemingly hateful times. I now do my best to give back, and one spirit provides that opportunity. Thank you.
Maximo, your words are particularly precious as you are Lakota and know the Reservation well. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Should you have time and interest in working with us to help the Oyate, please contact me.
Rather than exchange gifts for the holidays, a friend and I prefer to donate in one-another’s names to charities that are meaningful to us. In 2016, my friend requested that I support the water protectors and Native American communities impacted by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Another friend recommended One Spirit, and it’s been my joy to contribute to the Oglala Lakota through One Spirit ever since. I love being able to contribute directly to families in need through the Okini program, and I try to donate groceries, household goods, school supplies, or pet food once per month to families on the list. The process couldn’t be easier. Cheryl, the Okini manager, always provides helpful updates and really ensures that the experience is a personal one. Facebook updates from One Spirit are inspiring and informative, and there are so many ways to give, from selecting a family on the Okini list, to sponsoring a family or individual directly, to sending firewood or a food box. I’ve been thrilled to see real impact on this community through partnerships with solar programs, the new Charging Buffalo Facility, the Allen Youth Center, and other community centers opening up to support those on the reservation.
I have volunteered with One Spirit for several years. I see directly the life changing projects they have accomplished and the positive impact on the lives of the native people. I spent four days at the Allen Youth Center this spring. This has become the hub of this small community and surrounding areas. The days schedule is packed with sports events, classes, games, food distribution, lessons on life skills and meals prepared and served.
Jeri Baker is the founder and director of One Spirit. She is loved and respected by the people on Pine Ridge. Her number one goal is to identify the needs and work with the people to find solutions. I feel honored and excited to help Jeri do this work.
There are few nonprofits that are all volunteer- most of the large charitable organizations pay salaries to the employees, but not One Spirit. A full 90% of all donations go directly to the Lakota with the other 10% being used to pay an accountant, web hosting, postage, computers, phones, etc. Can you find another non-profit organization so fully committed to their cause financially? Probably not. Also of note, the Oglala Sioux Tribe council unanimously passed a resolution supporting and endorsing One Spirit and their programs, after being concerned about groups saying they raise money for Pine Ridge but in reality, keeping it for themselves.
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I've been a volunteer since 2012 and have seen first hand the good we do...everything from building a safe house, a Youth Center and a meat processing facility while delivering food boxes to 500 homes each month and providing firewood for cooking and home heat to elders in need. Our donors are fantastic and together, we've done the (nearly) impossible.
Hello my name is Steve and I’m an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. I have known about One Spirit and the good work they do on the Pine Ridge reservation for a number of years. I have had the opportunity to partner with One Spirit when I worked with the OST VP office and with a couple of different local nonprofits I’m involved with. So I have seen what they have been able to accomplish for the benefit of the Oglala people in the past few years. Recently I’ve had a more direct role in helping to further One Spirits goal of “helping the Lakota help themselves” by being one of the three Lakota employees of One Spirit here on the reservation helping to bring self sustainability to the Lakota through the many opportunities One Spirit offers. These include
Allen youth center which provides youth activities, field trips, cultural activities, and entertainment. They also provide meals & snacks.
Charging Buffalo meat house that will process local grown buffalo and cattle as well as wild game. It will be able not only to employe Lakota people but also provide meat for another program of One Spirit the food/feeding program. This program not only provides 650 families with monthly food boxes, it also help with other programs that provide daily meals to the Lakota. One Spirit plans to expand into local grown produce to be used in the food box program and the other feeding programs.
In addition, One Spirit wood program buys loads of wood from Lakota vendors so that wood can be provided to help those families that use wood as their primary heat source. Having worked for state, tribal, and nonprofit entities here on the reservation I can honestly say One Spirit is one of the few that I have seen who help out the entire reservation with the intention of providing what help is needed at the local level by listening to the Lakota being served. And not by thinking they have the answer. By empowering the people with all these opportunities One Spirit hopes to “help the Lakota to help themselves” so that one day these services are no longer needed.
Wopila! (Thank you!) to all the donors, sponsors, and volunteers without you none of this would be possible
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I discovered One Spirit while looking for a place to donate my knitted items. I called and spoke to the founder Jeri Baker. She was welcoming and eventually offered me a volunteer position to assist the residents of Kyle, SD with their needs such as food, wood for heat, sponsors, and immediate needs after an emergency. I help them with what they want and need. It is extremely rewarding to assist them. I see my relationship with One Spirit continuing for many years.
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I posted my first review of One Spirit back in 2017. I am happy to say that the positive feelings I have about what this organization works to achieve continue two years later. The direction of the organization is driven by what the Lakota tell us they want, not what we think they need. It is an honor to be involved with an organization that takes that approach.
I found One Spirit while specifically looking for a non-profit organization that did work with the Lakota tribe in South Dakota. I am skeptical of non-profit organizations that ask you to send them money and trust entirely that it is going to the people you intend on helping. I was immediately impressed by the fact that One Spirit has programs that allow donors to connect, and contribute, directly to families-in-need on the Pine Ridge Reservation. I called One Spirit and was able to speak directly with the founder, Jeri Baker. Fast-forward to four years later and I have been able to get directly involved with several One Spirit programs like their support for a group of youth runners from Pine Ridge who attended the NY City Marathon. I have been working for several years now on the Charging Buffalo project that is working to help build a meat processing plant on the reservation that will allow the tribe to process meat that is harvested from their buffalo herd. This facility will provide jobs and help the Lakota people take a step towards food independence. One Spirit is truly an organization that will allow you to be as involved as you want to be in their projects. I am truly happy to contribute my time and money to this organization.
Hello my name is Charles Bamm Brewer I am a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. I met the nice people of One Spirit about 10 years ago. I have been a Horsemanship youth activities leader here on the Pine Ridge reservation for 22 years. I am most known for being the organizer of the Crazy Horse Ride. It was on the Ride that i first met Jeri Baker. she is such a kind lady and she really has a big heart for the people here. I also met the other people who help One Spirit and they too were all so nice. I actually went on to become the One Spirit Food Program Manager and the One Spirit Wood Program manager. It has been many years of beautiful relationship together we do our best to help our people of the Great Lakota Nation. Sometimes we have our work cut out for us but together we kept moving forward and have accomplished many goals, such as the Allen Youth Center and the Charging Buffalo Meat House Projects.
I have really enjoyed all these years of working with One Spirit and look forward to many more. I have been a living witness to the people of One Spirit who will go above and beyond to help dreams come true in a land were there is a constant struggle with poor living conditions. I have also lived in these situation right along with my people, and it sure is a blessing to know there are such nice people in this world who really care. We are able to help many with the help of One Spirit, but we also know there is more work to be done. In review of One Spirit I will stand and say thank you sponsors and supporters for helping the Lakota people in a time where it seems we were forgotten. To this day One Spirit remains the only Non Profit recognized by Oglala Lakota Tribal Resolution. Thank you One Spirit supporters
Great Job One Spirit, I live here on the reservation and we are thankful for all the kind hearted people of One Spirit. Your help is on target getting to the Tribal members in need. I enjoy being a part of one Spirit as the Manager of the Food Program and also the Wood Program . It's a better day in Lakota Country Thanks to One Spirit. Also we are now in rout to bringing back the Buffalo with our new Charging buffalo Meat processing House. Good job team work, and dedication is our way with one Spirit
My Brother works for them and he gets paid to scam Elderly Women all around the internet on their behalf
This person is unknown to One Spirit and the statement is very much untrue and is obviously an attempt to degrade the organization.
I read about One Spirit when trying to find the best ways to help indigenous people in my region of the country. This is a direct, clearly-communicating heartfelt, and transparent organization. When I donate to things like their firewood fund during winter months, I always get an email response from an actual person at the organization about how much they appreciate it. What is most impressive to me, though is that their work is embraced by the elders at Pine Ridge.
One Spirit is a great nonprofit to work with. It is an easy way to directly and effectively help families on Pine Ridge reservation.
I so appreciate the work of One Spirit and how they provide so many different opportunities to easily contribute to and support their work with the people of Pine Ridge Reservation. I've donated items from the Okini list multiple times; I like knowing that items I send are what a specific family is in need of and go directly to that family. And I continue to be impressed with the commitment and friendliness of the One Spirit staff I've interacted with. A very worthwhile organization who makes real differences in people's lives.
I have always believed in the One Spirit Mission. I always try to donate extra when I have it available. This past summer my husband and I took a truck full of school supplys,clothing etc to the Allen Recreation Youth center. We were greeted so warmly by the children and I must have spent a couple hours just talking and hugging those precious souls. I respect their outlook and their resilient spirit. The need is so great there that I find myself organizing clothing drives,laundry supplys, back packs, warm hats,gloves and scarves. I wish I was a rich person because I would spend all my riches at Pine Ridge Reservation. I never miss an oppertunity to enlighten people about the Reservation and the great need to help through donations. This Thanksgiveing we are going again to deliver sleeping bags, and warm clothing for children and adults. I feel honored to help in any way possible. All anyone needs is a heart and a commitment to make life better for these honorable people.
At a time when there is so much need, donating to One Spirit is a way to know your money is going directly to help those in need to survive a brutal winter or to begin building sustainable community infrastructure. You can make a difference.
We have been a partner of One Spirit for a little over a year now as my nonprofit, Everybody Solar, has been working to bring solar to their youth center and the Buffalo House. Everyone at One Spirit has been great to work with. They are clearly passionate about the work they do to help relieve the extreme poverty of the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. What I really appreciate is that they work diligently to find long-term solutions to the local issues, not just band-aids and that every decision is made with the local communities. It has truly been a pleasure. We can't wait for the solar projects to go live.
One Spirit changes lives! Thanks to One Spirit and the generous people who support them. The Allen Youth Center has taken on a whole new life. We offer Lakota language and Arts, clay molding class, painting, movie nights, Star nights with telescope, field trips/outdoor hiking and soon, camping. We will offer quilting classes, first aid/cpr classes, basic cooking, lock-ins for the youth, basic carpentry class. We will be harvesting, in a very respectable and humble way, a Buffalo. The meat will be used to feed and the hide for a winter count for the youth center. The community members are assisting in this project. We are very thankful to have One Spirit backing us. Lives are being positively changed due to One Spirit. HOKA HEY!!!!
A wonderful organization which enables people the opportunity to give support to the people of Pine Ridge. Through the internet, the miles disappear as one Spirit brings everyone closer to the Lakota Nation. I so enjoy their Twitter posts as they give plenty of interesting topics and updates on Pine Ridge and have been a follower for quite some time now.
A wonderful organized organization. Well rounded. One Spirit is making a difference in the community. It is a help up, not a hand out. I was able to visit my family that I sponsor on the reservation. I got to see where my donations go. I highly recommend being a volunteer or donating to this organization.
I found One Spirit in late 2017 and began sponsoring food boxes for Lakota families on the beautiful Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I am so grateful to find a charity fully immersed in the communities while remaining respectful of Lakota beliefs. Thank you Jeri Baker for following your heart and working tirelessly for the oyate. I am inspired to continue learning about the Lakota way of life and look forward to supporting the incredibly important work happening on Pine Ridge.
Anne-Marie M., Montgomery, TX
Honest, straightforward, accountable,caring, all encompassing...just a few words that I’ve experienced since being a donor with OneSpirit. I’ve seen firsthand the need and the action being taken to address the needs. I highly recommend contributing to OneSpirit to everyone I know.
What a great non-profit!! They are so dedicated and caring and positive amidst the great challenges the Lakota on Pine Ridge face...and they are making a profound difference! There are so many ways to contribute that everyone can find something suitable for him or herself, whether it is an ongoing sponsorship with a child or family or elder that affords the opportunity to actually interact on a more personal basis, to contributing to a youth program, or things like the firewood program, the monthly food sharing program, bringing back the buffalo for food independence or simply picking an item or two off of the Okini (material giving) List and donating needed and requested clothing or bedding or non-perishable food or hygiene items or toys DIRECTLY to a family. You can feel confident that your money or gifts are being maximally utilized to make a genuine difference in circumstances of great need, and isn't that the reassurance that we want, especially when giving at distance?
I have been thoroughly impressed with how well the funds I’d donated were used. This all-volunteer organization channels every possible penny to help their projects succeed!
I am very pleased to be a continuing contributor to the Lakota Oyate through One Spirit. I know that almost all the money that I contribute goes to help the people. One Spirit is very informative about the needs and programs that money is going toward, and they are innovative and progressive in seeing and addressing needs in a variety of areas where they occur. I appreciate that One Spirit treats people with love and respect, as that is very important to me.
One Spirit is a very special place -- devoted and special people taking on a very steep challenge. I've been working with them for four months now, and I feel it's an honor to stand with them and the Lakota people. In an old phrase, they "do more with less". They are reaching thousands of people every month with innovative critical life-support, in an area of the USA that is too easy to ignore. I also find it impressive and fascinating that they are pioneering new ideas in "networking", building an international network of donors and sponsors who help provide direct relief by sending "care packages" directly to people in critical need. ONE Spirit people are climbing a steep mountain and they deserve high respect and support. Thank you!
So glad that this group exists and does such wonderful work. I have been able to help the families and children of the reservation despite the cultural gaps that exist between my family and the families of the reservation.
Great non-profit. The website allows anyone to help a family in need, not just by writing a check like other organizations where you have no idea how your money is being sent, but with sponsorship, needed clothing, and food while fostering intercultural relationships.
Great group of dedicated volunteers working in solidarity with the Lakota of Pine Ridge Rez.
This is the only service organization of it's kind for the Lakota people on Pine Ridge Reservationand the only non-profit endorsed by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council. That's really saying something! They serve and advocate for the Oglala Lakota and the oyate love them.
I found One Spirit on a social media site almost 3 years ago, since then I have come to know how critical an organization such as this is needed for the Lakota people. I contacted One Spirit and requested information about donating to a family in need. In my third year I was blessed to sponsor a family and from the moment I requested a sponsorship from the staff to the day I enjoyed my first phone conversation with my new family, I've got to tell you that there is so much love and concern and support from One Spirit to the Lakota that you will not find a more honorable, loving, compassionate organization to become involved with. Enriching the quality of life among the Lakota, there is nothing more rewarding.
Im glad that there is one spirit,
Im sponsor and with your help I can donate quickly and directly, always with my heart and from deepest conviction for the Lakota
I visited the Pine Ridge Reservation a couple of months ago. I fell in love with the people and their vast needs touched my heart.
Since then I have found ways to help through One Spirit.
I am so very excited on the progress of the buffalo meat processing facility.
They did not wait until all of the funds were raised to begin construction!
The exterior walls are up,
the concrete is poured,
I think the water lines are in.
Now enough money has been raised
for the electrical.
The electrical materials arrived this week and the electrician is coming in!!!
In order to be USDA certified,
the interior walls will be expensive.
Also, freezers/coolers and equipment is needed.
It will take all of us spreading the word, donating and raising funds to have the facility completed by the spring
when it is needed.
I'll be helping financially and
I hope everyone who reads this will help.
With all of us together, the facility can be completed by spring.
I truely believe this is a good honest nonprofit that helps the Lakota -you can choose families/children you can personally help by mailing directly to them-you can send cash if you would prefer for specific needs such as food wood..etc you can sponcer through them-achild-family or elder.Check out their web site for all info you need-the need is great & Im sure you will like what you see!!
I have always had a heart for American indian & happened to come across their website in hunting around, i wanted to sponcer an american indian child/elder,ive had a lil bit of a problem getting up with the sponcer director but then found their okini program which i went with,they give you a list of ppl that need a variety of different items such as personal items, cleaning items,shoes,clothes etc, for me on a limited budget i can help as i can but still hope to 1 day be able to sponcer! usually you get a very quick responce alot of times same day response, they are small org. but very worthwhile & id like 2 see them grow & be able 2 help more ppl!
One Spirit is a group of committed, generous, honest, kind individuals working to make a difference on a personal level in a place "conveniently" forgotten by all, and help develop intercultural friendships between the Lakota people and the rest of the world. Whether you choose to sponsor a child, send food to an elder, help bring buffalos back or participate in any of One Spirit's many programs, you know you're making a real difference in a real people's life – people you get to know and enjoy a friendship with. You know the money, clothes, food you send are going where they're needed. You know that only a tiny percentage of your donations is used to run the nonprofit. And more importantly, you know that you're part of something bigger; something that changes the world one person at a time.
ONE Spirit is an exceptional nonprofit. Not only do they provide hands on aid to people on the Pine Ridge reservation, but they do it with sincerity and encouragement, bringing together sponsors, and those in need, in a good way. Friendships develop, help is actualised with respect and warmth in the giving. Truly it is commendable. Additionally, the continued addition of new programs uplift the people in an empowering manner, that things are set in place for the now and the future, covering various populations, i.e., veterans, the elderly, the children; family structures of every kind.
In my experience sponsoring an elder, I have thus far been able to "meet" online her daughter and others of the extended family, seeing photos, "hearing" from the everyday sort of living to also points of art, activism and beliefs. It has been enlightening to find our connexions even with lives so far apart yet with commonalities too.
One fundamental belief I have as a Torah observant Jew, is the understanding of "tikkun olam" or repairing the world. Should there be anyone in need, it it is part of our path to help, in what manner we can, to uplift that person in their way, making the world a better place. Connecting the Lakota with others, assisting with the dire circumstances of their lives having and continuing several centuries of extreme trauma, a small bit of healing can take place, one by one.
I moved to South Dakota during the 90's with people I became friends with who are Lakota Sioux and were returning to their home state. Not only that I learned the culture of the people, I experienced first hand the reservation life and to know that much work is needed whether it's financial, educational, spiritual to improve the quality of life.
After returning to the east coast in 2000, I continued my support through social media and financial contributions when possible. Online, I discovered ONE Spirit and other groups in order to keep up with current events in South Dakota. Although I have no direct experience with ONE Spirit, I do promote their work through social media and like the domino effect, it does spread on the world wide web.
I certainly can simply say ONE Spirit continues to make every effort to improve and change lives.
The character and integrity that this organization exemplifies is only two of the many attributes it has. They work diligently to ensure nothing corrupts their purpose. They are dedicated to the strengthening of their food sovereignty and continuance of a culture that will benefit all of humanity. There are so few charities by which you can see daily how the recipients are benefiting from it. The vast majority of the funds go directly to the programs that are key to their basic survival. It is really a no-brainer to give to this stellar organization.
Team One Spirit has the goal of taking care of the positive experiences and health of their people.
They do this with no glorified expectation of government handouts or the use of corporate wage earners to manage their program.
They are truly Of The People, By The People, and For The People, with no need for thanks and with a lot of volunteer efforts, because taking care of their own is what they do. I like supporting this group because I know it gets at the very root and basic needs of their people, and because I know what it's like to go hungry and go for long periods of time without proper nutrition and basic clothing.
Very good, donations go directly to who needs them, they are quick to respond to any messages, good hearted people.
There are just a handful of organizations that I regularly try to donate to. I support and respect One Spirit because it is driven by local communities coming together to help those in need among them. What could be more important than helping Elders make it through the winter, feeding children, getting school supplies to students, and providing a positive environment for teens. I know that whatever I send will go directly to those who need it, maybe passing between one or two hands before it gets there. No big outside organization sweeps in with poverty commercials. They keep people informed of their progress, highlighting all the positive things that are being done. While I usually donate or volunteer for local groups in my own state of Texas, I think the nation as a whole needs to step up and take responsibility for the conditions of our Reservations. Despite all the promises, the only way real change seems to take place is when people like One Spirit stand up and make it happen in their own communities. Much respect to those who do.
I love them. They genuinely care and are super great people.
I have been a sponsor with ONE Spirit for over 4 years. I sponsor an elder and the grandkids she is raising. I speak to her directly often, and find out what she and the kids need. With other charities, you send in your money but never get to find out who or how it's helping. This direct approach shows me how I'm making a positive difference in a needy family's lives. I feel blessed to be able to help this family. I highly recommend ONE Spirit! Mrs. Peterson
I Love ONE Spirit because I have the option to get as close as I want to be or as distant Without the Pressure of Phone Calls and Mailins every 2 Weeks!!! They have List where I can actually see a Family and their needs, and recently chose an elder on dialysis that needed clothes & an elec fry pan. I felt Connected. I'm sending her a Fresh Food Box every Month to help with her diet and Empty Pantry. I have randomly sent $ for Bring Back The Buffalo, wood Project and Elder Christmas Party. I could have stopped at. $5 donation but I believe in tithing 10% of my Income and some months I can really help. ONE Spirit is NEVER Pushy like other Organizations and that's why I can give with my ❤️
ONE Spirit helps anyone in the Lakota Nation who is brave enough to step forward and ask for help. When veterans of our Armed Forces came to them hungry with no food to feed themselves or their families, they found the resources to add them to their food deliveries. They help those in need find sponsors to help with food, clothing, hygiene, whatever is needed. These people rarely ask for sponsors for themselves, but usually for the children or grandchildren they are raising. The people of our country tend to either forget or pretend our Native American nations exist and were 'given' the worse land in the country to eek out an existence. Thanks to ONE Spirit, the Lakota have a voice and volunteers to help bring a bit of hope to those most desperately in need.
One Spirit is a unique and well run organization dedicated to assisting Native Americans in South Dakota that struggle to meet minimum necessities. Everyone who works with One Spirit is a volunteer and they are dedicated to doing everything they can to assist people. They are the best charity organization for Native Americans in South Dakota. My initial contact with them was participating, as a donor, in their Okini program, which wound up being absolutely great due to the volunteers and satisfaction knowing what I did was 100%for the individual family. Since that time I have become a volunteer for One Spirit and cannot say enough good about the organization and people. I strongly recommend One Spirit to all people looking to assist those in need