At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.
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”.
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.
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 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”
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”
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”