St. Joseph’s Indian School Conducts Ceremony for MMIR

Students participated in a walk to American Creek Park to raise awareness of MMIR in the Chamberlain community.

On an afternoon in early May, a bit cooler than seasonal and under cloudy skies, students in first through twelfth grades and staff gathered on the lawn of the Wisdom Circle on the campus of St. Joseph’s Indian School for a solemn event. The gathering was a ceremony to pray, raise awareness and request healing and resolution around the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Indian School Conducts Ceremony for MMIR”

Native American Scholar Aims for Teaching Certificate

In an era abuzz about the teacher shortage and how it is affecting schools across South Dakota, one Native American scholarship recipient aims to make a difference by achieving a teaching certificate in the coming year. Continue reading “Native American Scholar Aims for Teaching Certificate”

St. Joseph’s Alum Is Changing the World, One Haircut at a Time

Chelsea Wilson, an alum of St. Joseph’s, recently visited to host a hair clinic to help students express themselves through their hair.

The slogan for Chelsea Wilson’s “RezKutz” business is, “Your satisfaction is my goal,” and it’s something she lives out through the satisfaction of giving back to the school she attended from 1st through 8th grade: St. Joseph’s Indian School.

Chelsea recently offered two three-hour hair cutting sessions for boys in 1st through 12th grades. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Alum Is Changing the World, One Haircut at a Time”

Thiyóšpaye Challenge Welcomes Spring to St. Joseph’s Indian School

Proud William Home girls are: (standing, left to right) Melissa and Bresayus; (kneeling, left to right) Angel, Lamya, Jordanna, Emberlynn, MerieOnna, Baylee, Lai’la and Say’Dee.

A ripple of colorful ribbon skirts caught the breeze in contrast to the winter-dull grass and signaled, “Something special is going on here.” That’s right! Recently, students at St. Joseph’s Indian School were busy welcoming spring by giving equal energy to academic, cultural, linguistic and athletic pursuits in the school’s first Thiyóšpaye* Challenge. Continue reading “Thiyóšpaye Challenge Welcomes Spring to St. Joseph’s Indian School”

A Note of Thanks to Rec Center Donors

It started where a lot of dreams begin — on paper. When we were dreaming about the Recreation (Rec) Center Renovation and Expansion at St. Joseph’s Indian School, we started sketching and making notes about what this new space could be and what it would mean for the Lakota (Sioux) children at our school. Continue reading “A Note of Thanks to Rec Center Donors”

Students Earn Extra Cash by Painting and Selling Pictures for Youth Art Month

St. Joseph’s Indian School students have art for sale in-person at the Aktá Lakota Museum through the end of March 2024.

Lakota students at St. Joseph’s Indian School decided to put their creative talents to use in hopes of earning a little bit of extra cash during Youth Art Month. All students had the opportunity to paint any picture in art class using an oil pastel, watercolor technique.

Hannah, St. Joseph’s Indian School art teacher, explained she chose this technique and project so students could be more independent while working on their paintings. Continue reading “Students Earn Extra Cash by Painting and Selling Pictures for Youth Art Month”

St. Joseph’s Indian School Student Takes Third Place at State Free Throw Contest

Jevjuan, an eighth grader at St. Joseph’s Indian School, recently took part in an intense battle to the podium during the State Free Throw Contest.

Jevjuan rested his toe precisely in front of the free throw line. He had one more shot to shoot before he could allow any thoughts to enter his mind. He took a few dribbles, a few breaths and stared at the hoop. One final shot was all that he had left. He brought the orange, perfectly round ball up to his chest and followed through with one fluid motion, flicking his wrist and holding it. Jevjuan held his breath, frozen like a statue while he watched the ball and net collide. Listening to that satisfying sound he has heard so many times before … Swoosh … Nothing but net.

Jevjuan’s body relaxed as he wiped the sweat from his brow. However, he knew the competition was not over and he was heading into a tie-breaker round. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Indian School Student Takes Third Place at State Free Throw Contest”

St. Joseph’s Alum Earns South Dakota Basic Law Enforcement Certification

Richard Two Two Sr., right, receives congratulations from DCI Director Dan Satterlee upon completion of SD Basic Law Enforcement Certification. 

On Friday, March 1, 2024, Richard Two Two Sr., Chief of Police for Kimball, S.D., received his South Dakota Basic Law Enforcement Certification, one of 42 students graduating the course run by the South Dakota State Attorney General’s Office. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Alum Earns South Dakota Basic Law Enforcement Certification”

“I Hate Winter Day” Caps “Read Across America” Week at St. Joseph’s

Eighth-grade girls decked out for “I Hate Winter Day” pose with their sandcastle entry.

This winter hasn’t been the worst in recent history, but that didn’t keep students at St. Joseph’s Indian School from blowing up a blizzard of activity on Friday, March 1, the school’s annual “I Hate Winter Day.” The day capped another annual celebration at the school: “Read Across America Week.” Continue reading ““I Hate Winter Day” Caps “Read Across America” Week at St. Joseph’s”

St. Joseph’s Indian School Donors Can Trust the Platinum Candid/GuideStar Seal

St. Joseph’s Indian School’s dedication to transparency was recently recognized with the Platinum Seal from Candid.

Candid, a leading assessor of nonprofit organizations, recently announced that, for the second year running, St. Joseph’s Indian School achieved the Platinum GuideStar Seal of Transparency for providing comprehensive information about the school’s programs, success measures and services. Platinum is the highest possible rating for a nonprofit organization. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Indian School Donors Can Trust the Platinum Candid/GuideStar Seal”