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 well being of children and their families through culture, education, recreation and health programs.
We are a 501c3 non-profit organization centrally located in Kyle, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
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 not otherwise be able to access some of the services offered at the center.
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 precautions. We look forward to to being back to our regular activities and programming when it is safest to do so.
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.