Heartwarming conversations

Hi! My name is Tina and I am the receptionist in the Development Office at St. Joseph’s Indian School. I have the pleasure of visiting with many of you each day when you call St. Joseph’s. The heartwarming conversations and generosity of so many make my job rewarding.

I’m always happy to answer your questions or, when necessary, direct you to the appropriate staff member. Many requests I hear and can assist with are:

  • accepting donations
  • taking address changes
  • sending additional address labels
  • limiting the number of mailings you receive
  • excluding gifts from mailings
  • seeing that we correspond with you through email only
  • sending additional Christmas cards or other gifts
  • removing someone from the mailing list

In addition to my receptionist duties, I enjoy spending time with a sixth grade St. Joseph’s student as a mentor. Even though her houseparents are very loving and supportive, living in a home with 12 other girls does not allow for much one on one attention. I’ve been a mentor for 3 years and have learned about many challenges the children face on the reservation.

Thank you for the many blessings you share with the Lakota boys and girls!

Region Champions

Ahhh!  Basketball playoffs!  They are the best!  Tuesday we got to watch the Chamberlain Cubs pull off an exciting upset win over the Eagle Butte Braves to take home the Regional Championship.  St. Joseph’s took a fan bus to Pierre, South Dakota to support the Cubs, and several staff and homes caravanned along as well.

Everyone seems to like something different about going to a basketball game.  Some of our kids just like to hang out and socialize with friends.  They don’t even seem to know that a game is going on.  As long as they get their giant dill pickle and blue Powerade from the concession stand, they are set.

Some of our kids (and staff/parents) watch the game but still don’t know what is going on.  They like to make helpful suggestions like, “Put in [insert kid’s name]!!”  Or, if the kid is already in the game, “Go!  Score! Win!”

It doesn’t really matter that he is playing defense, after all.

In every crowd there are people who actually know what is going on.  They know the difference between a block and a charge.  They know a steal from a foul and whether that pivot foot travelled.  They keep stats and holler out useful suggestions,

“Watch your follow through!  Keep your head up!”

Of course, sometimes there is a debate as to whether the people “in the know” are the ones in the stands, or the men in the stripes out on the floor.   This is a good time to go to the concession stand.

I personally like to join the cheerleaders.  I have three in my home.  Most days I see them wandering the halls, swinging their arms and muttering cryptic phrases like “Eat ‘em up Cubs.”  Or beat ‘em up?  Team ‘em up?

You would think I would have figured out the cheers by now … but no.  The Cub Mascot is also a St. Joseph’s student, and his houseparent shares my confusion.  For now, we have decided that the words to the fight song are simply “Na na na na nanana,” at high volume.

Chamberlain Cubs team pictures.
Who doesn't love basketball? Congratulations!

The best part of this game?   Several of our St. Joseph’s students are from Eagle Butte, so visiting with friends and family was wonderful.  Somebody got to play with an adorable baby niece with big pink cheeks.  Sigh.

Oh, and watching our 6 foot senior go up and get his Regional medal.

And our junior forward, injured in a game last week, getting carried out on his teammate’s shoulders so he could cut down the game net.  Priceless.

Did I mention that we won?  And that we’re going to state?

What’s your favorite part about high school basketball?