As part of our ongoing efforts to support under-served communities throughout the United States, Operation USA initiated a program to address health and educational challenges faced by the Ogala Sioux Tribe on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
In 2014, OpUSA partnered with the tribe’s Health Administration–providing staff with medical supplies for their preventative health care initiatives. At the SuAnne Big Crow Youth Center–which provides programming for the Youth including tutoring, athletics, computer literacy, and art and music classes–OpUSA also initiated a partnership. There, we supported a job training program allowing teens to participate in sessions on a variety of work-related topics including time and financial management, resume and cover letter writing, and interview skills.
Later in 2014 and into 2015—with propane costs at an all time high and winter weather lasting well into spring—OpUSA provided the financial resources necessary to cover heating and propane costs at the Center, and also purchased and delivered space heaters for distribution to elderly tribe members and single parent households.
In 2016, OpUSA included youths on Pine Ridge Reservation–and on the neighboring Rose Bud Reservation–in Project Re:Verb, a connected youth development initiative which aims to help teens see the world through one another’s eyes.
From 2017 through today, OpUSA has continued to support our friends on Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations. In 2019, after devastating floods swept the Midwest, OpUSA has initiated fundraising efforts to provide supplemental financial and in-kind assistance to Native Americans impacted by flooding. Your support makes this ongoing work possible.