Give a Lakota child a safe place to live, learn and DREAM!

Give a Lakota child a safe place to live, learn and DREAM!

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

St. Joseph’s Indian School and Crow Creek representatives gather around the drum to sing during the State of the Tribes Address on Jan. 12, 2023.

Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chairman Peter Lengkeek, in his Jan. 12, 2023, State of the Tribes Address to a joint session of the South Dakota State Senate and House of Representatives, called the experience a “humbling opportunity.”


Mike Tyrell has served St. Joseph’s Indian School for 38 years in multiple roles leading up to his presidency of our organization. It might surprise you, but Mike didn’t come to St. Joseph’s with his wife, Kim, in 1985 with the intention of staying very long.

Miller has enthralled students at St. Joseph’s Indian School for nearly 30 years, almost since he first began doing artist-in-residence visits at the school.

Students at St. Joseph’s Indian School received lessons on the role of science and technology in image making from visiting artist Bob H. Miller. And there was nothing subtle about it. Miller is a lover of brilliant, saturated and bright colors.

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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