Tasty and nutritious

Mike, our Food Service Director and his staff make sure our school lunches are not only tasty, but nutritious.

St. Joseph’s Indian School has received the Silver Award for the Healthier US Challenge. This recognizes schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition in the National School Lunch Program and physical activity including nutrition education in the school.  St Joseph’s Indian School is the first school in South Dakota to apply and receive this award under the new standards.  St. Joseph’s Indian School will receive an award plaque and Banner from the USDA and a monetary award of $1,000.


Heading into Easter break, we’ve had our usual share of student discipline issues. It’s easy to look at the list of students on restriction or supervision and get discouraged. But one of our family service counselors was telling me about a student whose father died by suicide several years ago. The student is only now able to start opening up about the pain the dad’s loss caused the family. Working through the loss has helped the student turn things around in a positive way. Instead of constantly being in trouble, they are now building on successes and good behavior. The student remarked to the counselor, “ I didn’t realize how good being good could feel”!

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.

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