Helping Native American children in need

St. Joseph’s Indian School has served Lakota (Sioux) children and families since 1927. Reaching out to American Indian youth on Indian reservations and beyond, remains St. Joseph’s Indian School’s mission.

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 regain pride in the Lakota (Sioux) culture by learning the Lakota language, studying Native American culture and healing the broken family circle from which they come.

Lakota (Sioux) children in need escape extreme poverty and other issues when they attend St. Joseph’s Indian School.

Tax-deductible gifts help Native American children in need receive:

  • A safe, stable home away from reservation hardships
  • Individual counseling and guidance
  • Carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota (Sioux) culture and individual student needs
  • Tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem, improve cultural awareness
  • All of this and more to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future

Native american youth reading books donated by generous people like you.

In addition to sending cash donations to St. Joseph’s Indian School, did you know you could be helping Native American children in other ways?

Affiliate Programs

You can make a difference for Lakota (Sioux) children in need just by completing daily activities.

From clipping box tops to using your Target card, you can help Native American youngsters everyday.

We are proud to be part of the following affiliate programs:

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(Our ZIP code is 57325)
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(Search for: “St Josephs Indian School”)
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Non-monetary needs to help Lakota youth

High Priority Needs:

Pilamayathank you — for your kindness! We’ve been blessed to receive a surplus of cough drops, lip balm, and hydrocortisone cream.

  • Clean and Clear Advantage 3-1 exfoliating cleanser with 5% benzoyl peroxide acne medication
  • Athlete foot powder
  • Clotrimazole cream
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Body Wash* (Both men’s and woman’s)
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Athletes foot spray
  • Band aids
  • Bath puffs
  • Unscented Body Lotion (boys or girls can use)
  • Head and Shoulders Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Children’s 8 hr Robitussin cough and cold, alcohol free, WITHOUT PHENYLEPHRINE
  • Girls and Ladies dress shoes and sandals (sizes 1-7)
  • Boys and girls athletic pants (sizes 6-20)
  • Boy’s underwear (boxers)
  • Aveeno Body Wash
  • Aveeno lotion
  • Cotton balls
  • Facial tissues
  • All types of children clothing (8-20)
  • Puritans Pride Chewable Vitamins
  • Cetaphil facial cleanser
  • Acne facial wipes
  • Cerave Cream
  • Viniferamine Silicone 4 ounce cream
  • Ibuprofen
  • Tylenol 325 mg and 500 mg tablets
  • Tylenol or Ibuprofen Children’s dose liquid or chewable

*St. Joseph’s is no longer able to use bar soap due to health regulations.


Constant needs:

  • Mattress pads (Queen, Twin, Twin XL)
  • Sheets (Queen, Twin XL)
  • Comforter/blanket (Queen, Twin, Twin XL)
  • Pillows
  • Shower liners
  • Dish towels and cloths
  • Beach towels
  • Bath towels
  • Toothpaste
  • “metapore tape” (1″ and 2″ width)
  • Puritans Pride Chewable Vitamins
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Q-tips
  • Facial tissues
  • Hair shampoo
  • Hair conditioner
  • Hairbrushes
  • Hair ponytail holders
  • ALL types of children clothing (8-20½)
  • Long athletic shorts (All sizes)
  • Dress, athletic, and casual shoes — Sizes (1-7)
  • Boy’s boxers (all sizes)
  • Dry Erase markers (low odor)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Socks (all sizes)
  • Bath puffs
  • Cotton balls
  • Band aids

UPS Shipping Address:
St. Joseph’s Indian School
220 N Main St
Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325

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Vehicle donation

Do you have a vehicle you no longer use? If so, please consider donating your car, boat, RV or pick-up to St. Joseph’s Indian School!

A vehicle donation to St. Joseph’s Indian School is convenient and tax-deductible. But most importantly, you will be helping improve the lives of the Lakota (Sioux) boys and girls who are dreaming of a brighter future.

St. Joseph’s Indian School has joined forces with Vehicles for Charity to help us. They will contact you to set up a time for the vehicle pick-up and there is no cost to you. Make sure to have your title transfer papers ready to give them and they will supply you with a tax-deductible receipt when the vehicle is picked up.

If you have additional questions, visit the frequently asked questions page.

Contact information:

  • Vehicles for Charity
  • 5943 Broadway
  • Denver, Colorado 80216
  • Vehicle Donation Line: (303) 308-2400
  • Toll Free: (866) 628-2277
  • Fax: (303) 308-2459
  • Email: info@vehiclesforcharity.org
  • St. Joseph’s Indian School
  • Attn: Denise Hyland
  • PO Box 100
  • Chamberlain, SD 57325-0100
  • Toll Free: 1-800-584-9200
  • Email: dhyland@stjo.org
  • Gift cards are easy to buy, inexpensive to mail and make a great gift-giving opportunity. The stores we’re able to shop at most are Walmart and JC Penney.
  • If you would like to add to our library collection, please visit our updated Library Book Wishlist.

Lakota girl focusing on her school work.

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St. Joseph's staff member helping a Lakota boy with his homework.

Planned Giving opportunities

Annuities, memorials, bequests and securities allow tax deductions for you while helping Native American children!


Lakota girl holding a colorful dreamcatcher.

Gift store

Our gift store offers Native American inspired products and so much more. Great for gift giving.