Good day from St. Joseph’s Indian School.
Things are a bit quiet here on campus since the elementary students are on their Spring Break this week. Our high school students are still in session, but they are enjoying a day off today since the Chamberlain High School team has qualified for the State A Basketball Tournament.
The Chamberlain Cubs are the #2 seed in the tournament this year and played in their first game last night. Two players on the team, two cheerleaders and the mascot are St. Joseph’s students! Please keep them in prayer- that they’ll play their best and that no one is injured.
In late February, the Chamberlain Middle School Explorers made their annual trip to Pierre to visit the State Capitol Building and some of the elected officials—Public Utilities Commissioners, State Treasurer, State Auditor and Commissioner of School & Public Lands. The elected officials explained to the Explorers what their jobs entailed and were also open to any questions the Explorers had.
Next, the Explorers toured the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center, which is home to the State Law Enforcement Training Center, the state forensics lab, the Attorney General’s office and the State of South Dakota Emergency Command Center.
They returned to the capitol to have their picture taken with Lt. Governor Matt Michels and meet Jason Glodt, a lobbyist who explained the role of a lobbyist in the legislative process. They were also introduced to the South Dakota House of Representatives and Senate before they headed home.
We are proud of the young St. Joseph’s men who participate in this group.
LAKOTA EMERGENCE EXHIBIT
Akta Lakota Museum Director Dixie is very excited that St. Joseph’s is able to collaborate with the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CARINS) and host the Lakota Emergence Exhibit.
The exhibit showcases the spiritual narrative in an educational and emotional setting, while also highlighting the historical narrative of the Native American people.
The narrative, “How The Lakota Came Upon The World,” was written by Dr. James Walker between 1896 and 1917. Dr. Walker arrived at the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1896 to serve as a physician. The core of the display is to explain how seven families of Pte (buffalo) people came up to the earth through Wasun Niya (Wind Cave) in the Black Hills. The Pte descendants became the Lakota people.
CAIRNS Director Dr. Craig Howe paired eight Lakota men and eight Lakota women artists with the 16 passages of the narrative. Sixteen numbered boards containing the narratives and artist information and the 16 pieces of artwork have been placed on display in the Museum.
The display will be available for viewing until April 21. We extend an open invitation to you all!
We would like to take a minute to extend our congratulations to Nash, the son of Laura, St. Joseph’s Personal Care Specialist Supervisor, for becoming the State A Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. He ended his season undefeated and won the championship by beating last year’s defending state champ. Congratulations Nash and family!
I hope you have a great week and are able to overcome any challenges you have to face with God’s help. Know that we are praying for you and are grateful for your generosity and prayers.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ