About Mitakuye Oyasin
Imagine 11,000 square miles with a population of about 40,000 people but only one grocery store. With infant mortality rates 300% higher than the rest of the United States, teen suicide rates 150% higher and about half of all adults over the age of 40 diagnosed with diabetes, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is home to some of the worst health disparities in North America.
Mitakuye Oyasin, which means "we are all related," is a non-profit working to provide culturally competent education and outreach to some of the challenges facing the Lakota people. By providing education to the people of Pine Ridge, Mitakuye Oyasin empowers the Lakota to improve health and living standards.
Mitakuye Oyasin supports the Oglala Lakota in their efforts to improve their way of life while maintaining their rich heritage and culture.
Mitakuye Oyasin is run entirely by volunteers. All five members of the board of directions contribute their time and efforts around jobs and families because they are passionate about helping the Lakota. Keeping overhead costs as low as possible allows us to use 95 cents of every donated dollar directly for the people of Pine Ridge. Visit the Donate page to learn how you can help today.