Wakanyeja Tiospaye O’Tipi, Inc.
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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.
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.
Wakanyeja Tiospaye O’Tipi,
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