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Ptaŋyétu (Autumn) is here! Embrace the Beauty of the Season

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Ptaŋyétu (Autumn) is here!

The seasons are shifting, and as summer fades into memory, the enchanting colors of fall paint the landscape on Pine Ridge reservation, located in Allen, South Dakota..

While we revel in the natural beauty around us, we must also remember that this season brings both wonder and challenges for the people of Pine Ridge. Freezing temperatures, insufficient food, and a lack of proper clothing continue to be pressing concerns.

Your Impact In Action

With Ptaŋyétu (Autumn) upon us, we want to share how you can make a meaningful difference in the coming season. Additionally, we're excited to highlight some heartwarming moments from the past few weeks, all made possible by your generous support.

Supporting Basic Needs

At One Spirit, our essential programs, such as Firewood Distribution, Food Pantries, and the Okini Market, are always bustling with activity. However, as the fall and winter months draw near, the demand for these vital services grows even more critical.

This past week, a mother with five children reached out, urgently needing firewood. When our wood vendor arrived at her home, he not only provided firewood but also inspected her stove for safety. With the mother's consent, we've included pictures that depict the condition of her stove and ceiling—a serious fire hazard. Thanks to a compassionate One Spirit donor, we were able to step in. We provided her with a new stove, pipes, and repairs to ensure her family's safety and warmth throughout the winter. Sadly, her story is a reflection of countless others on the reservation, where children, elders, and families struggle to meet their basic needs during the cold winter months.


In the near future, we're thrilled to announce the opening of three new food pantries.

These pantries will undoubtedly become bustling hubs, requiring frequent restocking. As the temperatures drop, more and more people will turn to us for help staying warm, whether through firewood, coats, socks, or blankets.

Learn more about our Food Distribution Program


Every Act of Kindness Matters

At One Spirit, we firmly believe that everyone deserves warmth, nourishment, and shelter throughout every season. This is why your continued support is crucial.

Here are THREE ways you can support One Spirit today:

  1. Make a Donation: Contribute today to help us provide essential needs to the people of Pine Ridge.

  2. Monthly Commitment: Pledge to make monthly donations, ensuring that One Spirit can operate year-round without concern.

  3. Spread the Word: Share our mission and story with your friends and family on social media. Together, we can raise awareness of the critical needs that the Lakota people are experiencing.

As Ptaŋyétu (Autumn) blankets Pine Ridge in its captivating hues, let's also come together to ensure its people have the warmth and sustenance they need to thrive during this upcoming season. Your support has already made a profound impact; together, we can make an even greater difference.

Join us in spreading hope, warmth, and kindness to Pine Ridge this fall. Together, we can truly make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.


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