Another Successful Cultural Trip in the Books at St. Joseph’s Indian School

The Moon When the Leaves are Green hangs over Matȟó Pahá.

On Thursday, May 16, the 21 seventh-grade students of St. Joseph’s Indian School prayed and smudged before embarking on the trip that has become a rite of passage. Continue reading “Another Successful Cultural Trip in the Books at St. Joseph’s Indian School”

St. Joseph’s Indian School Repeats as Top-Rated Nonprofit

Eight years and counting … St. Joseph’s Indian School is once again named a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits!

St. Joseph’s Indian School was recently named a “2024 Top-Rated Nonprofit” for the eighth year running by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Indian School Repeats as Top-Rated Nonprofit”

Seventeen Graduate from St. Joseph’s Indian School Grade School Program

Eighth-grade graduates received their completion certificates on May 24, 2024.

On Friday, May 24, seventeen students were honored as they finished their grade school years at St. Joseph’s Indian School. One of the most joyful events of the year, graduation is always a celebration of thiyóšpayeextended family — among relatives, staff and students of the school. Continue reading “Seventeen Graduate from St. Joseph’s Indian School Grade School Program”

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”