Native Wellness Institute and NIKE donate athletic equipment for Warne to share with the youth on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Published August 29, 2016
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION — Jim Warne, president of Warrior Society Development, LLC (WSD) Consulting Company, is back home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
The WSD Youth Division provides youth camps, school presentations and other events throughout the country and at home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This is the 12th year working with youth in his homeland.
Last Friday, Warne delivered athletic equimpment for the students at Little Wound School in Kyle, South Dakota.
“I started my camps and youth events at Little Wound School 12 years ago. My mom is from Kyle and I wanted to help out in my home community. My brother Don and I provide an annual scholarship under our mom’s name, Beverly Stabber Warne, at Little Wound,” commented Warne.
Jim Warne in white cap presents football supplies to the Little Wound School.
His mother, Beverly Stabber Warne was born and raised in Kyle, South Dakota. She taught Warne and his brother Don the Lakota way and values to protect and serve our future generations. Beverly is currently working with the South Dakota State University College of Nursing in Rapid City. Warne has a new position at the University of South Dakota as a Community Engagement Director with the School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities.
“I am excited to come back home and work in South Dakota and create educational opportunities for our people”. Pine Ridge reservation is where Warne’s heart and spirit belong as an Oglala Lakota tribal citizen.
Warne’s consulting company specializes in services for Indian Country and works with many tribal nations in a variety of capacities. Warne’s passion and focus is to advocate for Indian Country and provide opportunities for our youth, the 7th Generation.
Warne played college football at Arizona State University. During his senior year he was a starting offensive tackle when ASU won the1987 Rose Bowl. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and graduated with his bachelor’s degree that same year. After his professional football career, he earned his Masters degree from San Diego State University where he taught for 22 years.
Warne plans to move back to Kyle for his retirement. “I have always called Pine Ridge home, although I have not lived here physically, but it is where my heart and spirit belong.” Warne is aware that there is a need for more resources and support for our youth. He returns annually to provide youth camps and motivational assemblies for students along with gifts and awards for students with perfect attendance and good grades. Sandra Ogunremi, Director for Native American Collaboration from Regional Health has supported his youth events and continues her involvement. I have enjoyed creating partnerships with people and organizations that want to make a positive impact.
This year Native Wellness Institute and NIKE donated over 100 football helmets, cleats, pads, jerseys, socks, clothes and equipment to give away to students at several schools on the rez. Teachers and coaches will identify students with perfect attendance and good performance in the classroom and community that will receive special gifts from the NFL. Warne partners with the Native Wellness Institute and NIKE with their efforts to support our youth in Indian country. “Jillene Joseph at Native Wellness Institute has been a great partner in our efforts to encourage our youth to succeed as proud native people. Our partnership with NIKE has been great for our kids”.