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ONE Spirit Provides Charging Buffalo House Update


July 31, 2017 ( Newswire) ONE Spirit, a Native American service organization reports that the Charging Buffalo House is all but completed, the building in place, with most of the equipment to begin operations to provide a safe and wholesome source of traditional protein nourishment for all Lakota.

The Charging Buffalo House gets a cool, new front porch.

We began our project to help the Lakota realize their dream of self-sufficiency several years ago, and you have all been part of making this vital dream come true.

One crucial facet of this quest has become a key part of the effort, as well as one that has proven exceptionally challenging to reach. Like the apple in the ancient myth of Tantalus, the full realization of getting the Charging Buffalo House completed and operational has proven more elusive than we thought.

The Charging Buffalo House is all but completed, the building in place, with most of the equipment to begin operations to provide a safe and wholesome source of traditional protein nourishment for all Lakota. The facility is designed to allow processing of buffalo and game meats from reservation sources and local hunters to be completely used, with nothing wasted, in the traditional Lakota way that is the embodiment of the tribal connection to the buffalo that is at once practical and spiritual.

The Plan

The main room of the interior is ready to paint.

Our plan has always been to make the Charging Buffalo House a self-sustaining operation that observes the highest standards of sanitation and efficient usage of the animals that will furnish vital nutrition to the reservation, in two stages that are in accord with USDA regulations. This will initially allow products to be made available to tribal stakeholders, and eventually might include other commercial operations to generate revenue for further benefit to the community.

In addition, operation of the Charging Buffalo House will provide valuable employment for members of the tribe---in a great cause to help bring healthful food to the community that helps the Lakota attain the self-sufficiency they so urgently desire.

There is simply no downside to the successful completion and start of full operations of the Charging Buffalo House: self-sufficiency, economic growth, and development of greater bonds of community---all within the context of the traditions of the Lakota people.

USDA Compliance

The skinning room with a heavy-duty hoist

We are achingly close to the successful conclusion of our years-long drive to make the Charging Buffalo House a reality. The major obstacle left before us is one that, in all candor, we did not fully understand.

In order for the Charging Buffalo House to be USDA-compliant, both initially as what is called a "custom exempt" facility, and eventually as a fully-inspected USDA meat processing operation, the requirements for the walk-in cooler and other refrigeration are very strict and demanding. The result of this is that the cost of a legal and suitable walk-in cooler has turned out to be thousands of dollars more than was originally expected.

This has created a budgetary shortfall for a facility that is completely built and ready to go in all other ways beyond some minor remaining work that will be easily completed.

We are so close, friends. So very close: for that reason, we are asking our wonderful and loyal supporters to put this project over the top with one more special donation. It will mean so much to the Lakota, and will mean the accomplishment of a dream with so many great rewards, both practical (healthy food, economic development, self-sufficiency) and intangible (reforging the cultural link to the traditional past, preserving Lakota culture).

The Last Hurdle

The walk in cooler needed for compliance will go on the back wall where the temporary air conditioner is.

One Spirit and the Lakota people we serve are united in our effort to get the Charging Buffalo House over the last hurdle from dream to reality.

You are the ones who can make this amazing facility, with so much to offer a people so greatly in need, spring to life at last. A generous donation now will bear fruit for many years to come, with so much more potential than a simple gift of food.

Help the Lakota and become founding spirits of the Charging Buffalo House!

ONE Spirit is a Native American service organization founded to assist and support American Indians. We are proud to think of our organization, ONE Spirit, as a group of people who exchange friendship with American Indians. At present, our focus are the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota. We invite you to become part of ONE Spirit’s network of sponsors, partners, friends and volunteers, to dream with the Lakota people a new dream - and to help the dreams come alive!


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