Oyate Ta Kola Ku Community Center

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 our vision for the Oyate Ta Kola Ku (Friend of All Nations) Community Center addition to The Oyate Teca Project on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The +21,000 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. 

Virtual Walkthrough

Click on a room to learn more about the challenges and obstacle we will help overcome with programming in each space!

Construction in Progress

Expanded Programs

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.

"We average almost 300 people for each event we hold -- though our current office can only hold 65 or so people at the most at one time. Being able to hold two, three, even four programs at once would make a huge difference!"

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