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SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

Prom Fashion Show 2020
Prom Fashion Show 2020

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Prom Fashion Show 2020
Prom Fashion Show 2020

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Prom Fashion Show 2018
Prom Fashion Show 2018

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Prom Fashion Show 2020
Prom Fashion Show 2020

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Easter

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. 

Easter 2019
Easter 2019

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Easter 2019
Easter 2019

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Easter Egg Hunt 2019
Easter Egg Hunt 2019

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Easter 2019
Easter 2019

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Independence Day

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

4th of July Carnival 2019
4th of July Carnival 2019

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Fishing Derby 2018
Fishing Derby 2018

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Parade 2018
Parade 2018

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4th of July Carnival 2019
4th of July Carnival 2019

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Back to School

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

School Back Pack 2019
School Back Pack 2019

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2019

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Backpack Distribution 2020
Backpack Distribution 2020

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School Back Pack 2019
School Back Pack 2019

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Halloween

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. 

Costume Contest 2021

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Costume Contest 2021

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Halloween Carnival 2018

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Costume Contest 2021

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Christmas

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.

Christmas 2018
Christmas 2018

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Gift Distribution 2019
Gift Distribution 2019

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Christmas 2018
Christmas 2018

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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

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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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Wish Lists

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