Because you care, precious children have HOPE for the future.

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

Creating a place for students to stay active more easily is a dream come true.

It started where a lot of dreams begin — on paper. When we were dreaming about the Recreation (Rec) Center Renovation and Expansion at St. Joseph’s Indian School, we started sketching and making notes about what this new space could be and what it would mean for the Lakota (Sioux) children at our school.

St. Joseph’s Indian School students have art for sale in-person at the Aktá Lakota Museum through the end of March 2024.

Lakota students at St. Joseph’s Indian School decided to put their creative talents to use in hopes of earning a little bit of extra cash during Youth Art Month. All students had the opportunity to paint any picture in art class using an oil pastel, watercolor technique.

Jevjuan, an eighth grader at St. Joseph’s Indian School, recently took part in an intense battle to the podium during the State Free Throw Contest.

Jevjuan, an eighth grader at St. Joseph’s Indian School, competed at the State Free Throw Contest on Sunday, March 3 at the Armory Gym in Chamberlain, SD. He competed against seven other talented boys who — like himself — had to win their local and district competitions in order to compete in the contest.

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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