Running Strong is always looking to the future while meeting immediate needs. We invest in infrastructure to support the dreams of Native communities and their youth.
Friend of All Nations
In Spring 2021, we proudly announced the construction of the Oyate Ta Kola Ku (Friend of All Nations) Community Center addition to The Oyate Teca Project on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The +19,000 square foot center is named for Running Strong co-founder Gene Krizek of Christian Relief Services, and will more than triple the amount of programming space The Oyate Teca Project currently offers.
Oyate Ta Kola Ku Floor Plan
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Indoor gymnasium and multi-purpose room to host sports, powwows, events, and more
Multiple art, music, and sewing classrooms allow for simultaneous classes
Reinforced restrooms double as wind storm and tornado shelters
Outdoor area supports gardening, sports, social events, and more
Farmers’ market year-round to provide healthy food access point and income for seasonal growers
Warehouse and expanded storage for distribution of food, medical, educational, and clothing needs
Public WiFi and computers help students succeed with reliable Internet connections
Teaching kitchen and cannery for home economics and mass food prep
... And More!
Running Strong for American Indian Youth is the sole financier of Oyate Ta Kola Ku Community Center. If you wish to make a contribution to Gene’s vision for Pine Ridge youth, we ask that you kindly make your designation by clicking the green button above.