ONE Spirit Completing the Charging Buffalo House
September 18, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) "When operational, it will not only provide traditional protein sources like buffalo for distribution, it will offer employment opportunities for people with chronic unemployment problems"
ONE Spirit, a Native American service organization founded to assist and support American Indians reports on current projects including the Buffalo House
One Spirit was originally founded to help the Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation achieve greatly improved nutritional outcomes, while simultaneously helping to foster independence and self-reliance.
Life on the reservation is difficult, with hunger, disease, suicide, and alcoholism at desperately high levels. Statistics have shown the area of Pine Ridge is among the most poverty-stricken places in the entire United States, with insufficient government aid. After the Lakota, as with so many other Native American tribes, were swindled out of their ancestral homelands in the ethnic cleansing conducted during the Nineteenth Century, they were shifted onto a reservation that sits on rather desolate land and left to fend for themselves.
Our generous donors have stepped up time and time again to do what they can to help the Oglala Lakota help themselves.
Our Primary Program
The primary program we offer is to provide monthly food assistance to those most profoundly in need. Thanks to the compassion of our supporters, we are able to provide at least some food aid every month to more than 5000 Lakota in hundreds of large family groups. The aim is to provide healthful, wholesome food that can help promote greater health and well-being for the recipients. In an environment where sound nutrition is hard to find and diseases such as diabetes are rife, One Spirit does everything possible to stretch our monthly donations as far as can be.
Yet it seems every month brings the same urgent need for additional aid. We like to think we do our best to provide healthy food for everyone in need, but there is always the desire and demand to do more. As each month comes to a close, we have to once again try and get the greatest "bang for the buck" when placing the final food orders for distribution. We struggle to try and do the maximum possible to help the greatest number of people. But the needs continue to grow, and at the end of each month we find ourselves wanting to achieve larger goals.
Completing the Charging Buffalo House
The Charging Buffalo House, the facility that, once completed, will enable the Lakota to do so much more on their own to feed the needy, is a crucial aspect of our overall food program. When operational, it will not only provide traditional protein sources like buffalo for distribution, it will offer employment opportunities for people with chronic unemployment problems. It will also afford the potential for making reservation-produced goods for general sale, thus creating another revenue stream to help the Lakota achieve self-sufficiency
The Oglala Lakota are a proud people, and they are working hard in every way they can to progress on their own as much as opportunities afford, while maintaining their traditional heritage and culture. One Spirit stands with the Lakota, side by side, working to help them achieve this goal. Toward that end, we support the Allen Youth Center, the running program and Team One Spirit, the recently-created Oglala Wild lacrosse team, the Crazy Horse Ride, the Okini List to provide needed clothing and the like, and the wood program that tries to help keep people warm in the raw winters on the reservation, where heat is sometime only available from woodstoves.
Facing Urgent Food Necessities
But it always comes back to the urgent food necessities as the first priority. This month is no different, and as we reach the upcoming deadline to order the food for distribution for September, we thank each and every one of our supporters for their generosity. As one can clearly understand from the foregoing, one of, if not the single most important thing we can accomplish to keep helping the Lakota help themselves is to complete the Charging Buffalo House.
If you can find it in your heart to add an extra gift this month to get the last piece of equipment we need to complete and open the Charging Buffalo House, it will be profoundly appreciated. We are very close to being able to use this new facility that has the potential to so greatly improve the nutrition and heath of the Lakota, and it will be a moment of great celebration when we can announce it is finally in operation.
And in the meantime, rest assured One Spirit will continue to work tirelessly to utilize our generously donated contributions to alleviate hunger every month.
Thank you for your support, on behalf of the Oglala Lakota, from your friends at One Spirit.
Please note that contents may change according to product availability.
Donations can be made at the One Spirit website via PayPal or a major credit card.
You can also donate by mail to:
PO Box 3209
Rapid City SD 57709
About One Spirit http://www.nativeprogress.com/en/one-spirit
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!
We help the Lakota meet their basic needs and provide a culturally rich life for their youth. Our programs promote an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society. The goal of all programs is to reduce or eliminate hunger, to replace the high drop out and suicide rates among youth with an enthusiasm for learning and a pride in their Lakota heritage, and to provide protection from the winter cold that can drop to 40 below zero.
Jeri Baker 570-460-6567
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