The Oyate Teca Project (Young Peoples Project), founded in 1991, is a vital and functioning program that serves more than 700 Oglala Lakota youth through a variety of practical and carefully designed activities. 

Our Mission

is promoting the wellbeing of children and their families through culture, education, recreation and health programs.

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization centrally located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Kyle, South Dakota.

In 2016, Running Strong for American Indian Youth formalized their partnership with Oyate Teca Project making us a new official program site.

We are a highly regarded program with a great track record that provides an opportunity to engage the youth in a number of meaningful and wholesome activities intended for all ages. Many youth would otherwise not be able to access some of the services offered at the center.

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ABOUT US

        Covid-19 Update        

Due to the pandemic and in doing our part to keep the community safe, we aren't allowed to provide most of the activities and programs we normally do. We are very limited on our youth programming. We have been able to host our quarterly events: Easter, Halloween, Christmas, doing them in the safest way possible for the community, following all safety guidelines and precautions. We look forward to being back to our regular activities and programming when it is safest to do so.

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Running Strong Co-Founders Gene Krizek and Billy Mills

Oyate Ta Kola Ku Community Center

In Spring 2021, the Oyate Teca Project  and Running Strong for American Indian Youth will begin construction on the Oyate Ta Kola Ku "Friend of All Nations" Community Center in Kyle, SD. 

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 CULTURE

Cultural programs promoting the preservation and/or renewing traditional knowledge in storytelling, song, dance, traditional foods, and arts & crafts.

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RECREATION

Provide a safe and constructive environment for youth and their families.

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EDUCATION

Collaborations with local schools, businesses and other agencies to provide financial literacy, preventative activities, and youth leadership programs.

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HEALTH

Changing the lifestyle of Youth, Families, and Community through the abilities to work towards a stronger, healthier, self-sufficient future. 

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