We loved the Native American Flute performance

Our Lakota (Sioux) youngsters loved the Native American Flute performance!
Our American Indian youngsters loved the Native American Flute performance!

We were treated to a Native American Flute performance at the school assembly room this morning. I sat in with the group of 1st – 4th graders who had many questions about the flute, and enjoyed the sound. Two members of our drum group provided backup for rhythm.

Summerlee Home (4th– 5th grade girls) is leaving on their home trip after school today. They’ve saved up their recreation money so they can spend the weekend in Rapid City and the Black Hills. Each of them showed up at school today wearing T-Shirts they had made together as a home. Using finger paints, each was individualized and autographed by the other girls they will spend their time with. They were excited to be off on their adventure.

Cody and Marlo, two alumni who graduated high school in 2006, were back on campus this evening to talk to our high school girls about what life is like after high school, the challenges of college, the working world, and raising young children.

Cody and Marlo – two of St. Joseph’s Indian School’s alumni – visited to talk about their life experiences!
Cody and Marlo – two of St. Joseph’s Indian School’s alumni – visited to talk about their life experiences!

Hearing from those who have been here hit home. They told of how they hated all the rules that St. Joseph’s Indian School has too, but the structure really helped them in the long run. They encouraged each of our young women to hang in here, graduate, and keep going to improve themselves even more after that. Cody works in the business office at a school on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and Marlo is a juvenile probation officer at her home of Lower Brule. Each student who completes their education offers hope to those who will follow.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 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.

4 thoughts on “We loved the Native American Flute performance”

  1. What a Special Moment that was captured, in this BEAUTIFUL picture of the two young ladies that have made such perfect examples for the others’ at St.Josephs’ Indian School. Not only should the young ladies be PROUD of their own accomplishments…; but St.Josephs’ Indian School, should also be PROUD of the foundation for accomplishment that was the source(foundation)and strength, for success leading to this time of their lives. I have no doubt…, that Ft. Steve also participated, in these two girls accomplishments. How fortunate for everyone. GOD BLESS, and be with each of you, as you move forward, through each door, of the unknown…; for GOD will ALWAYS be beside you.

    My LOVE TO ALL’-
    Cynthia MILLER’- Skaggs

  2. I remember helping out with the children many years ago while teachers and house parents had conferences. I remember both of these young women very well. I could tell, even back then, that they would both be leaders. It’s good to hear about them!

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