Native Village Youth and Education News
September 2009


Wakanyeja Tiospaye O’Tipi, Inc.
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South Dakota: Wakanyeja Tiospaye O’Tipi, Inc. is a Lakota based emergency placement for children on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This private non-profit organization is located in the Pine Ridge Village. It was formerly known as "Children's Village."

Louis and Melvina Winters Sr are running Wakanyeja Tiospay O'Tipi .  Both are enrolled members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.  The program has provided services since 1982.
"We, at Wakanyeja Tiospaye O’Tipi, Inc. recognize our most valuable asset of the Lakota Nation is the children. Wakanyeja Tiospaye O’Tipi, Inc. is the only emergency placement program on the Pine Ridge Reservation that serves children 0-18 years. Without discriminating toward age, race, handicaps, and psychological dispositions, we have provided emergency care for nearly 6000 children since 1982. Today Wakanyeja O'Tipi, Inc. continues to maintain these services  365 days a year and 24 hours per day."

During it's first three years, Wakanyeja Tiospaye was federally funded. When those funds ran out, operations were maintained through local bingo funds, South Dakota State reimbursements, the Casey Family program, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe's commitment for the Director's salary.

In the year 2001, a Housing and Urban Development grant helped purchase a new facility for the program. Before then, services were provided from the Winters home. The program was licensed by the state of South Dakota and the Casey Family program.

In 2002, the Children's Village, Inc. was incorporated as a 501c (3) organization, and became Wakanyeja Tiospaye O'Tipi Inc. In October 2003, the program received a one year operational grant under the Administration for Children and Families.

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