Due to safety precautions, St. Joseph’s Indian School’s 45th Annual Powwow in September is closed to the public this year. The event will be live broadcasted for you to view from home. Please go to www.stjo.org/powwow for more details.
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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.

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.

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Stories from our Lakota Indian School

Counselor Reflection: The Power of Positive Affirmations

“Today is going to be a good day!”

That is just one of the positive affirmations I teach the girls I counsel. Sometimes we become stuck in negative self-talk, worries and doubt. Reframing our thoughts with positive affirmations is a great way change our mindset for the better.

Sacred Heart Chacon Family Safe Shelter Dedicated

The sun bathed the crowd gathered on Tuesday, June 22, to dedicate the Sacred Heart Chacon Family Shelter in Eagle Butte, S.D. Earlier, six shelter advocates gathered with Lakota Elder Cheryl Redbear to reflect on their special role in service to those seeking shelter, healing and a new beginning at the facility.

St. Joseph’s Honors Four Nurses as 2021 Distinguished Alumni

Four nurses nominated separately for St. Joseph’s Indian School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award were collectively selected as distinguished alumni, representing all health care workers and their role as beacons of hope throughout this pandemic year.

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.