Supporters Dub 41st Annual St. Joseph’s Powwow Weekend ‘a blast’

We can describe our campus, students, staff and powwow until we are blue in the face, but it’s when you have the chance to experience St. Joseph’s Indian School in-person that the message truly sinks in. At least this was the reaction expressed by the nearly 500 supporters who attended the St. Joseph’s Indian School 41st Annual Powwow weekend, Sept. 14-16, 2017. Continue reading “Supporters Dub 41st Annual St. Joseph’s Powwow Weekend ‘a blast’”

St. Joseph’s to host open house, ribbon cutting for new health facility

St. Joseph’s staff break ground on new health facility.
Groundbreaking for the new Health and Family Services Center took place May 2016.

It’s been a project over a year in the making, but soon St. Joseph Indian School’s new Health and Family Services Center will be up-and-running. To celebrate this new facility, there will be an open house and ribbon cutting during St. Joseph’s powwow celebration. The public, students and their family members are welcome to attend on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at noon. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s to host open house, ribbon cutting for new health facility”

A note from Kory…

Hi everyone.  My name is Kory and I serve as the Executive Director of Development at St. Joseph’s Indian School.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to work for such a wonderful organization.  The passion of our staff is only matched by the generosity of our friends and donors – I enjoy my work immensely!

Very soon you will be receiving your annual Gift Receipt in the mail. I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your support, let you know to watch for this document, and tell you a little about myself. Continue reading “A note from Kory…”

The seasons are changing at St. Joseph’s Indian School

Good day from St. Joseph’s Indian School.

We pause for a moment of silence—the splashing fountain at the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center has been covered. For St. Joseph’s staff and students, this is the real indication that the seasons are changing and it reminds us that winter is coming.

The change in weather can also bring a variety of illnesses with it, chief among them the flu. These past few days, St. Joseph’s students have been walking past my office on their way to the health center to receive their flu shots. Continue reading “The seasons are changing at St. Joseph’s Indian School”

Seniors, Sports and a Special Visitor at St. Joseph’s!

Good day from St. Joseph’s Indian School.

Fall has arrived with brisk mornings and nice afternoons.  The leaves are starting to change, but seem to be taking their time.  I envy those living on the East coast who are currently enjoying the changing of the leaves’ colors!

High School Seniors

St. Joseph's seniors researching their college options.
St. Joseph’s seniors researching their college options.

Fall is a reminder to our high school seniors that their academic year is moving along and it is time to start looking at where they would like to attend college. Each senior has been getting a variety of brochures from colleges around the state and  Continue reading “Seniors, Sports and a Special Visitor at St. Joseph’s!”

What a whirlwind weekend at St. Joseph’s!

Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph's ChaplainGood day from St. Joseph’s Indian School.

What a whirlwind!!!!  Our 40th Annual Powwow on September 17th is now in the books; but a great time was had by all.

Due to a lot of prayers, God blessed us with great weather and a nice turnout of benefactors and guests.  We had 465 friends, donors and Continue reading “What a whirlwind weekend at St. Joseph’s!”

It’s been a great week at St. Joseph’s Indian School!

Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph's Chaplain

Good day from St. Joseph’s Indian School!

The school year is off to a flying start now that everyone is back. The high school students began their classes on Wednesday, but students going out for sports have been on campus for a week or so practicing.

The high school girls volleyball has their first away game Saturday, football plays in Chamberlain tonight against Crow Creek, and the golf team has had several matches already with Continue reading “It’s been a great week at St. Joseph’s Indian School!”

THEY’RE BACK at St. Joseph’s!!

Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph's ChaplainHello from St. Joseph’s Indian School.

THEY’RE BACK!!!!!!

This past Sunday, St. Joseph’s Indian School’s student body for the school year of 2016-2017 arrived on campus. The upcoming year, 2017, marks St. Joseph’s Indian School’s 90th Anniversary!

Once a student arrived, they went to their Home to drop off their clothes and personal items.

Next, they walked to the health center, allowing our nurses to measure height, weight and eye sight, as well as Continue reading “THEY’RE BACK at St. Joseph’s!!”

Sewing Full Circle at St. Joseph’s Indian School!

LaRayne is St. Joseph's Native American Studies teacher.
LaRayne, St. Joseph’s Native American Studies teacher

Good morning! My name is LaRayne.

I am so pleased to share that we have recently added a part time seamstress to our staff at St. Joseph’s Indian School!

Bonnie began mending and creating with her talent in October.

We have many outfits that aren’t complete—they might be missing a cape, drops, shawl, or a matching skirt and leggings.

Bonnie puts her talented, magic hands to work and creates full outfits and pieces that make the regalia highly sought after for our powwow dancers! She has been beautifying our outfits for both the boys and the girls.

One of the outfits Bonnie blessed with her talents was a jingle dress that was donated by one of our students, LaShawn, and her grandma. This type of dress includes ornamentation with multiple rows of metal cones that create a jingling sound as the dancer moves.

LaShawn’s grandma made the dress for her when she was a young dancer. Having outgrown it, LaShawn wanted to donate it to our regalia collection so that another energetic girl could continue making music with the dress.

1500324The dress was missing matching leggings, so Bonnie showed LaShawn the steps in making a set to match. LaShawn was amazed at the work that went into a pair of leggings!

Now that the outfit is complete, a young St. Joseph’s Indian School student will be able to dance as her ancestors have done for years.

We look forward to seeing Bonnie’s amazing work showcased at our 40th Annual Powwow on September 17, 2016.

We hope you can join us this year! Visit www.stjo.org/powwow for more information.

LaRayne

Fall is in the air at St. Josephs…

Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph's Chaplain
Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph’s Chaplain

Good day from St. Joseph’s Indian School!

Fall is in the air at St. Joseph’s. Leaves are changing and the students are enjoying the fall days as the football season comes to an end.

On Monday, when most of the country was celebrating Columbus Day, the State of South Dakota celebrated Native American Day.  There was a large powwow in Rapid City on October 10 and a good number of our students participated in the event. They were wonderful representatives of St. Joseph’s!

Monday also saw the start of the school’s second quarter. We started the day with a Prayer Service enhanced by Native American activities at Our Lady of the Sioux Chapel.  The service began with the entrance of our powwow royalty accompanied by the Chalk Hill Singers’ drum group.  Several students led us in the Four Direction prayer.  There were also readings from the Gospel of Luke and Joseph Marshall III, a member of the Sicangu Lakota Tribe.

Our artist in residence, V.R. Janis, made presentations in the classroom during the rest of the day. Our students learned a lot!

This past Saturday was the 16th Annual River City Band Festival in downtown Chamberlain.  Our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students helped carry banners in the parade. After the parade, the bands gathered at the local athletic field to perform their field shows.  St. Joseph’s drum group, the Chalk Hill Singers presented the Lakota Flag Song after the National Anthem to begin the afternoon festivities.  I believe this is their first public performance outside of a powwow setting — they did a fantastic job!

A Lakota(Sioux) student participates in Explorers.
Kyle, one of St. Joseph’s students, is the new Explorers Secretary!

The local members of the Chamberlain Middle School Explorers elected their officers for the year recently and one of St. Joseph’s eighth graders, Kyle, was elected secretary.  The Explorers are a service club for sixth thru eighth grade boys that meet every Thursday at 7:30 AM at Chamberlain Elementary School.  This year seven St. Joseph’s students are taking part and four of them are new members.

The Explorers raise money through a variety of projects during the year and then donate the money for someone in need or to the Chamberlain community to help fund various projects.  Last year, they contributed to the new Chamberlain swimming pool complex. They also focus on civics and various lessons called ‘man stuff.’

The group also travels to Pierre to visit the State Capital and meet the Governor.  The year ends with a trip to a major league baseball game.

Two of St. Joseph’s students, Ramez and Tayeden, had a great time meeting donors at the luncheons in the Dallas, TX area. After the luncheons, they had the chance to visit the Texas State Fair and take a VIP tour of AT&T stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.  They even had the chance to visit the Cowboys’ locker room and have their pictures taken in front of the locker of their favorite player, Dez Bryant.

Last week saw the end of the golf season.  Chamberlain High School’s team won multiple invitationals and had all members qualify for the state tournament. Out of the 16 teams that took part, the Cubs came in 8th. Danny, one of St. Joseph’s students, placed in the top 25 as a junior. We are excited to support him next year!

Thank you for your generosity. YOU make everything we do possible.

Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ

Chaplain