This Native American Scholarship Recipient Says, “Keep Going”

Kayla McCloskey will graduate in May of 2024 from Black Hills State University (BHSU) with a double major in American Indian Studies and Sociology. She is ready to take on the future. A 2018 graduate of St. Joseph’s Indian School’s High School Program, McCoskey is an eight-time recipient of the school’s scholarship, which was started in 1985 to support Native Americans pursuing higher education.

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Culture Shines as St. Joseph’s Indian School Celebrates Native American Week

While others celebrated Native American Day on October 9, staff and students at St. Joseph’s Indian School extended the cultural celebration from Sunday to Sunday plumbing the richness and diverse dimensions of their heritage through prayer, dance, study plans, lessons from the bow and arrow, clothing and art. Continue reading “Culture Shines as St. Joseph’s Indian School Celebrates Native American Week”

Butterfinger Cake and Other Bonds Celebrated at St. Joseph’s Indian School’s New Alumni Center

(Standing, L-R): Coleman, staff; Joaquin, staff and alum. (Seated, L-R): Casey, visitor; Scott, alum; Andy, staff ; Joe, staff; Theda, alum.

A spread of homemade chili with all the trimmings, lasagna and garlic bread greeted alumni dropping by the new Sacred Hoop Alumni Center on St. Joseph’s Indian School’s campus for Walk-in Wednesday on October 4. It is a weekly event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center. Some days it might be sandwiches and a game of cribbage that builds collegiality, but today was extra-special. It was a celebration in honor of Alumni Liaison Andy Lepkowski’s 68th birthday, and Butterfinger Cake was the centerpiece. Continue reading “Butterfinger Cake and Other Bonds Celebrated at St. Joseph’s Indian School’s New Alumni Center”

Five from St. Joseph’s Indian School Receive National Honors

(From left): Tom Robinson, President, Milton Hershey School; Kory Christianson, Executive Director Development, St. Joseph’s Indian School; Mike Tyrell, President, St. Joseph’s Indian School; Don Forrester, Executive Director, CORE; Jennifer Renner-Meyer, Executive Director of Child Services, St. Joseph’s Indian School

Caring for community is a value of five from St. Joseph’s Indian School that made them standouts to win Catherine Hershey National Awards. The awards were announced at the Coalition of Residential Excellence (CORE) Luncheon at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Oacoma, S.D. on Tuesday, September 19. They were among 13 honored with awards nationally. St. Joseph’s Indian School hosted the national conference this year. Continue reading “Five from St. Joseph’s Indian School Receive National Honors”

St. Joseph’s Indian School Announces Powwow Royalty

St. Joseph’s Indian School is proud to present the 2023 Powwow Royalty. (Pictured left to right): Caden, Clarysia , Fr. Greg Schill, SCJ, Persais and Rylee.

The 47th Annual St. Joseph’s Indian School Wačhípi is September 16. Students have been hard at work practicing dance and drum group since their August 13 return to campus.

As is the tradition, a royalty competition set the event in motion on Wednesday, September 6. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Indian School Announces Powwow Royalty”

St. Joseph’s Student Selected as Participant for Prestigious Medical Forum

Mersayis, a St. Joseph’s Indian School student, said goodbye to the amber waves of grain of the Midwest, and hello to the blue waves of the Pacific Ocean for an adventure she will never forget.

Mersayis took a few deep breaths before boarding a plane headed to California. At 17 years old, this flight would be the St. Joseph’s Indian School student’s first flight.

Although the idea of traveling alone to an unknown place may seem like a daunting experience for some, Mersayis harnessed her bravery and took her seat. Before she knew it, she’d be at the University of California Berkeley for a week-long experience as a participant of the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) Medicine & Health Care. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Student Selected as Participant for Prestigious Medical Forum”

Back to School at St. Joseph’s

Students at St. Joseph’s Indian School were welcomed back with a parade to kick-off the 2023-24 school year!

A new tradition borne of the pandemic continued at St. Joseph’s Indian School under bright and shiny skies along the banks of the Missouri River. Nearly 200 students and dozens of staff from across the campus celebrated the fourth annual outdoor back-to-school parade. Continue reading “Back to School at St. Joseph’s”

Students at St. Joseph’s Discover their Cultural Identity

Students at St. Joseph’s Indian School are immersed into many cultural experiences to strengthen their bond to their Lakota culture. One of those experiences is powwow.

If you were to ponder the important subjects taught in classrooms across the country, what might you think of?

Perhaps math, science, reading and English are the first to come to mind. While these subjects are, of course, important for a well-rounded student to succeed in the real world one day, among the list of subjects provided to students at St. Joseph’s Indian School, there is one that is extra special. Continue reading “Students at St. Joseph’s Discover their Cultural Identity”

St. Joseph’s Delivers 160 Food Boxes, Receives Countless Smiles in Return

St. Joseph’s Indian School strives to provide a nurturing, supportive environment for Native American children from South Dakota reservations. We strongly believe education is a powerful tool for empowering our students and creating a brighter future. Additionally, we understand the importance of ensuring their well-being beyond the classroom, especially during the summer months when our students spend precious time with their families. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Delivers 160 Food Boxes, Receives Countless Smiles in Return”

St. Joseph’s Indian School Gives 16,990 Free Books to Residents of Reservations

Kindness from others allows St. Joseph’s Indian School to provide free books to people in reservations all over South Dakota each summer.

As St. Joseph’s Indian School’s Bookmobile was setting up for a morning of serving in Fort Thompson on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation, a cheerful voice rang out from a distance. Turning toward the voice, staff members could see it was a woman. She was running and screaming all the way from the road. Continue reading “St. Joseph’s Indian School Gives 16,990 Free Books to Residents of Reservations”