Quiet campus, icky weather at St. Joseph’s Indian School

Dear Benefactors of St. Joseph’s Indian School,

Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph's Chaplain
Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph’s Chaplain

Hope everyone’s shopping is almost finished as the Season of Advent dwindles down in preparation for the coming of the Prince of Peace on Christmas.

It is quiet on campus today since the students left Friday for the Christmas Break and the weather is icky — rain yesterday and now snow and wind.

On the sports scene this last week, coaches gave out the awards for the girls’ basketball seasons.  Those who were most improved, coaches’ choice or team leaders were honored.

St. Joseph’s younger boys are learning to wrestle.
About 30 of our younger Lakota students are taking some instruction in wrestling.

After awards, the coaches for the upcoming bowling season met to select their teams. Students in grades 7-12 will hit the lanes on Saturday afternoons once everyone is

back after break.

Last Wednesday evening, about 30 of our younger Lakota students who have been taking some instruction in wrestling hit the mats and showed off their new skills. Before the competition started, I shared with everyone that I had received a phone call regarding a St. Joseph’s benefactor in Illinois whose lung cancer has returned.  A friend had called to ask for our prayers for him and while we talked he mentioned the gentleman had been a wrestler.  I told him I would ask our wrestlers to dedicate their efforts in his honor.

The Explorers, who meet early each Thursday morning, ended this semester’s activities by donating the money they have raised this year. Two youth in the Chamberlain community, Gabby and Gunner, are the grateful recipients. Both are experiencing health issues related to cancer.  The money – $1700 – was split between both families to help with medical expenses.

The Explorers do all kinds of creative fundraisers each year.
The Explorers sold “Cub Rolls” which were used to bombard the basketball court when the players came out to warm up.

The other fundraiser undertaken by the Explorers is called “Cub Rolls.” The boys sell rolls of toilet paper which were then used during the Chamberlain Lady Cubs basketball game last week. Those attending the game bombard the court with the rolls as the players came out to warm up.  The Explorers are then timed in their clean-up efforts. The boys raised $400 which will be used to cover costs for their trip to the State Capital in Pierre, SD and other club expenses.

Best wishes to all of you for a very Merry Christmas and a grace-filled holiday.

God bless,


Fr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ


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.

2 thoughts on “Quiet campus, icky weather at St. Joseph’s Indian School”

  1. Thanks Father.. How wonderful that these young wrestlers were able to join their prayers for the healing of a former wrestler. St Joseph’s is doing such an awesome job.. Hope you all enjoy this quiet time.. Merry. Merry Christmas

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