Be a Dreamcatcher!

Give dreams of HOPE to a Lakota child today!

Be a Dreamcatcher!

Give dreams of HOPE to a Lakota child today!

About St. Joseph's Indian School

Since 1927, St. Joseph's Indian School has served Lakota (Sioux) children and families.

Our mission is to educate Native American children and their families for life — mind, body, heart and spirit. This mission drives our organization to educate and provide housing for over 200 Lakota (Sioux) children each year — all at no cost to their families.

Child poverty and abuse are serious issues on Indian reservations. By supporting St. Joseph's Indian School, you are helping Native American children in need reestablish pride in their culture by learning the Lakota language, studying Native American culture and healing the broken family circle from which they come.

At St. Joseph’s Indian School Children Can Dream!

St. Joseph’s brings together family, fun classes, cultural appreciation, safety and love for Native American children in need.

Why Your Support Matters

If you’re new to St. Joseph’s Indian School and the struggles facing Native Americans living in reservation communities, the following information will help you get familiar with both. We hope after reading, you’ll desire to help innocent Lakota children overcome the obstacles set against them. One by one, people like you are making work at St. Joseph’s possible.

Your Support Makes an Impact

Stories from our Lakota Indian School

(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

The school’s President Mike Tyrell received the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Robbie and Stephen Chatman were named “Houseparents of the Year.” Librarian Claire Nehring was honored as “Educator of the Year,” and recent graduate Mariah was awarded “Student of the Year.”

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.

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.

You can be the reason Lakota Children Dream!

The DreamMakers are a special group of friends who give automatic monthly gifts to ensure the Lakota (Sioux) children are provided for year-round. For as little as 32 cents a day, 100% of your monthly contribution will go directly to helping meet our students’ immediate needs … and will help provide dreams for the future.

Our Programs

Children attending St. Joseph's benefit from individualized care plans that follow nationally approved and accredited techniques. Friends who support St. Joseph's Native American programs help provide for every aspect of each child's physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs.

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