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Oyate Teca provides safe and constructive environments for our youth and their families through community engagement programs and activities. 

Prom Closet

Prom closet began in 2012 with an idea to provide free formal wear to students who would otherwise not afford to go to prom. We begin with the prom fashion show in February inviting all high schools reservation wide to come and preview new arrivals of formal wear. An opportunity for young ladies to experience modeling, and to build self confidence. All formal wear is free to any high school students attending their prom. Prom closet is open February through April.


An activity to provide youth and families to experience a community egg hunt and pizza party. Egg hunt consists of 5000 candy filled plastic eggs. There are six categories ranging from 1 year of age to adult. 

Independence Day

We provide a carnival, bingo, fishing derby, soap box derby and cookout.

Back to School

A distribution of backpacks provided by Running Strong for American Indian Youth, followed by an Ice Cream social. 


Costume party, pumpkin carving contest, small carnival, spooky cake-bake with a cake walk.

For 2021 Halloween, we were limited to only doing a costume contest. We also held a Halloween Bingo, and Drive-In Movie Nights on Fridays the whole month of October, featuring Halloween movies for all ages. 


We host a month of activities: House Decorating Contest, Parade of Lights, Gingerbread House making contest, cake decorating contest, and a gift distribution. 

For 2021 Christmas, we were limited to only doing the gift distribution.

In Kind Distributions

Running Strong for American Indian Youth

  • Food Boxes

  • Holiday turkeys

  • School backpacks

  • Pampers

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Vegetable distribution program

  • Winter coats, Boots, Hats, Gloves, Blankets

Partnership with Native Americans

  • Monthly Class incentives

  • Holiday stockings

Thunder Valley CDC

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Workers

  • AmeriCorps Summer Associates

  • Food Sovereignty Coalition 

  • Eggs

  • Program sponsorships

Community Service Projects

  • Church of Atonement, Barrington, IL

  • Emmanuel Church, Lake Geneva, WI

  • Tools for Growth, West Menister , CO

  • 4 Feather Development, Ames, IA

  • Lakota Circle, Chicago, IL

  • Lakota Kidz, Hull, MA

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