Human Services


aka ONE Spirit

Rapid City, SD


ONE Spirit is a federally recognized 501(c) nonprofit organization, EIN 26-3592983. The ONE Spirit Mission is to help the Lakota meet the basic needs of their people 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, replace the high drop out and suicide rates among youth with an enthusiasm for learning and a pride in their Lakota heritage; and, provide protection from the winter cold that can drop to 40 below zero. The plan is to create programs that will be sustained by the Lakota people.

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Jeri Baker

Asst. Director

Diane Capalario

Main Address

PO Box 3209

Rapid City, SD 57709 USA


AmericanIndians, Lakota, food, heat, and youthprograms, sponsorship, Okini programs, home repair





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Pine Ridge Reservation is the poorest community in the United States and our organization supports these under-served people through our programs.

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Food Program

Heat and Home Repair

Youth Program

Sponsorship Program

Okini Program

Where we workNew!

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The goal of all of our programs is to transition to Lakota self sufficiency. We offer a hand up!

Our programs are all based on exactly what Lakota representatives have asked for: help with food insecurity, home heat and repair, youth programs and a youth center, a safe house, and now a meat processing facility. We have opened the first and only meat processing facility on Pine Ridge Reservation- the Charging Buffalo Facility. This enterprise employs Lakota men and women and provides a service for local tribal members. Part of each animal processed will be used in our monthly food distribution efforts. We provide support for changing the abysmal and alarming statistics associated with Lakota youth is being given through safe houses, youth centers, cultural immersion programs, and education. Also through sports events, the New Warrior Camps and many cultural events that are rites of passage for the youth.

One Spirit currently has more than 3000 supporters that participate with us in all the programs. We are partners with the Lakota people and it is with them that we are able to make progress toward the long term goals of ending hunger and diet related diseases, changing the high rate of youth suicides and high school drop out to a passion for learning and a pride in their heritage. We have excellent staff who work without pay because of the passion felt for the One Spirit Mission. We have organizations both in Europe and in the US that work to support the programs. All of these resources have been with us for several years.
One Spirit is the only organization that has been recognized by proclamation of the Lakota Tribal Council and given approval for raising funds to be used for the Lakota people.

1. Involvement of the youth in the various programs.
2. The number of youth in the programs who are able to remain in school.
3. Decrease in the number of youth suicides on the reservation.
4. Management and direction of the programs taken over by the Lakota people.
5. Food program evolves into a food co-op utilized by the Lakota people and moves away from a charitable program.
6. Lakota are able to process their own meat and market some of it off the reservation.
7. Wood program evolves to be self-sustaining.

1. More than 5000 people now receive nutritious food each month to supplement the government subsidies. 2. Youth Safe House was completed last year and is now functioning. 3. A Youth Center was completed in 2015 4. Young athletes are going to Marathons and are managing running programs on the reservation 5. More than 400 young people took part in the first "run" on the reservation. 6. More than 300 youth took part this year in the Crazy Horse Ride, a tradition cultural event that is a rite of passage for the youth. 7. Initiated the first Lacrosse team on Pine Ridge Reservation 8. More than 1000 children and elders have sponsors with whom they communicate regularly. The goal for all of our programs is to allow the Lakota people to care for themselves and their families.

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