Cante’ Waste’ Nape ciyuzapi Ksto/lo – I greet you with a warm heart and handshake.

Hi, my name is April and I would like to say Cante’ Waste’ Nape ciyuzapi Ksto/lo – I greet you with a warm heart and handshake.

April, Family/Student Care Specialist
April, Family/Student Care Specialist

I work at St. Joseph Indian School and I am the Family/Student Care Specialist. I have the opportunity to work with our little free spirits here at St. Joseph’s and I’m grateful for each day – I love working with each and every one of them! In June, I will have been here for nine years and it just keeps getting better.

There are so many positive programs at St. Joseph’s; I am very thankful for all the support that St. Joseph’s has for families and staff members, so we can provide the best support for the children. There are so many opportunities for our students, even after graduation when they go on to college. I enjoy reading the messages we get from the Alumni Coordinator, sharing where former students are going to college and how they are doing. I cannot get over how much help and support is given to all!

St. Joseph’s annual powwow is one of many cultural elements to the programs we provide for the Lakota children.
Programs for St. Joseph’s students encompass everything from powwow and education about the Lakota (Sioux) culture to cooking and living independently.

My heart feels good when there is always so much good news. As parents and guardians continue to participate in our family programs, they become stronger. They themselves become aware of how strong they can be and how supportive they are for their children at St. Joseph’s. We are grateful for the opportunity to work side by side with these families.

I say Wopida Tankamany thanks – for your time in reading my blog post! So many good thoughts and feelings arise as I read blog posts from other staff members. Please know that you too share with us in a very special way, through your comments, encouragement and prayers.

So, with this being said, Mitaku oyasin (all my relatives) I will share with you again someday soon.


Family/Student Care Specialist

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 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.

6 thoughts on “Cante’ Waste’ Nape ciyuzapi Ksto/lo – I greet you with a warm heart and handshake.”

  1. Hi April. thank you for your post. Looks like you really love your job.Keep up your good work! Enjoy the weekend. Good Bless you all.

  2. God Bless You!! We will keep you and all the St. Joseph’s staff, students, etc… in our prayers.

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