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 the spring of 2021, Running Strong for American Indian Youth® proudly announced our vision for the proposed Oyate Ta Kola Ku Community Center to be constructed on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The 21,000-square-foot center, named Oyate Ta Kola Ku – Friend of All Nations – in memory of the late Running Strong co-founder, Gene Krizek, is now providing more than triple the amount of programming space previously offered by the Oyate Teca Project.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct 14 included Billy Mills, tribal elders, community members, and most importantly, the children of Pine ridge.

Billy Mills perhaps said it the best on that day “Our elders have the vision, our youth have the dreams.”

Virtual Walkthrough

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

A Look at the Year of Construction

Expanded Programs

Indoor gymnasium and multi-purpose room to host sports, powwows, events, and more

Multiple arts, music, and sewing classrooms allow for simultaneous classes

Reinforced restrooms double as windstorm and tornado shelters

Outdoor area supports gardening, sports, social events, and more

Farmers’ market year-round to provide healthy food access points and income for seasonal growers

Warehouse and expanded storage for distribution of food, medical, educational, and clothing needs

Public Wi-Fi 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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