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Steve073

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Review for ONE Spirit, Rapid City, SD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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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