St. Joseph’s Students Bring Home Archery Trophies

St. Joseph's boys competing at Dakota Oyate Challenge

Historically, the itázipabow — and waŋhíŋkpearrow — served as protection and a source of life for Native American people. The bow and arrow were often integral pieces in their day to day lives. From a young age, boys were taught how to craft the tools, as they would someday be the hunters for their families and the warriors for their people. The boys would polish their archery skills over time and be skilled marksmen by the time they were men. Women and girls were also taught the skill of archery; however, less directly. They learned so they could protect their homes and families if the men were out hunting or at war. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Students Bring Home Archery Trophies”

Eighth Graders Venture to State Capital

Do you know how to properly pronounce the name of the South Dakota state capital? St. Joseph’s Indian School students could tell you (Hint: it doesn’t have a French accent)! Here in South Dakota we pronounce it “peer”.

Recently, St. Joseph’s eighth graders traveled to Pierre, SD, to learn about the South Dakota State Legislature and tour the historical capitol building. Continue reading “Eighth Graders Venture to State Capital”

“Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” — St. Joseph’s Students Take a Trip to Florida

Staff and students representing St. Joseph’s Indian School travel to select cities throughout the nation so donors can hear firsthand from students. While the staff share about our mission, projects and future plans, students talk about being a St. Joseph’s student and what life is like on the South Dakota Indian reservations.

Colton, a Residential Support Member, shares about his recent donor luncheon trip to Ponte Vedra Beach that he helped supervise. Continue reading ““Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” — St. Joseph’s Students Take a Trip to Florida”

St. Joseph’s Educates Students to Say ‘NO’ to Addictive Substances

Students show some love and have some fun during the Valentine Celebration.

Did you know that about 47% of students at St. Joseph’s Indian School have been exposed to drug and alcohol abuse? Because of this, we work with our students to make good choices and to overcome trauma that these young people may have experienced as a result of these addictions. Special events and regular classes help teach students about substance abuse and how to say ‘NO’ to using alcohol and drugs.

The following is an overview of just a few of the things Chris, St. Joseph’s Prevention Coordinator, works on to help our students: Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Educates Students to Say ‘NO’ to Addictive Substances”

Students Celebrate Warmer Days Ahead

On a cold and blustery February day there is no better way to shake off the winter blues than by celebrating “I Hate Winter Day”!

“What is this?” you may ask. Well, it’s a fun-filled day for St. Joseph’s Indian School students and staff to anticipate the coming of summer and celebrate the many things that make it so special. Continue reading “Students Celebrate Warmer Days Ahead”

Staff Reflection: Catholic Schools Week

Some fourth through sixth grade students took a donation of food to a local food pantry.
As part of their service project for Catholic Schools Week, some fourth through sixth grade students took a donation of food to a local food pantry.

The following reflection was written by Joe, our Director of Mission Integration, about the Catholic Schools Week activities that took place during the last week of January. 

Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. That is the national Catholic Schools Week (CSW) theme. Here at St. Joseph’s Indian School we believe we should live out this theme not just for one week during the school year, but rather for the rest of our lives. Continue reading “Staff Reflection: Catholic Schools Week”

Employee Receives State Award for Great Customer Service

Pictured from left to right: Dixie Thompson, Aktá Lakota Museum Director, Wanda Bunker, Historical Coordinator, and Kyndra Hosek, Gift Shop Supervisor.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board recently selected Wanda Bunker, St. Joseph’s Indian School Historical Coordinator, as a recipient of the Governor’s Great Service Star award. She is recognized for providing outstanding customer service at the Aktá Lakota Museum & Cultural Center in Chamberlain, S.D. Continue reading “Employee Receives State Award for Great Customer Service”

NEW HIGH SCHOOL LEARNING CENTER MAKES THE GRADE, AND THEN SOME

A new, more spacious High School Learning Center is boosting confidence and ratcheting up learning for St. Joseph’s Indian School’s high school students. These students, who reside on St. Joseph’s campus and attend Chamberlain High School, utilize the center’s current technology and positive environment to help improve grades. Continue reading “NEW HIGH SCHOOL LEARNING CENTER MAKES THE GRADE, AND THEN SOME”