Simple needs, Hope for the future

Two Native American girls eating a sandwitch and apple.
With your help, St. Joseph’s provides the Native American children with the education they need to succeed in life — mind, body heart and spirit.

Thanks to your generosity, St. Joseph’s Indian School is able to reach out to approximately 200 Lakota (Sioux) children in need each and every year. Since 1927, our doors have been open to provide HOPE to Lakota children and their families.

Facing challenges of extreme poverty, some of the children in our care have been without a home, a bed to sleep in, or even regular meals.

Here are just a few facts:

  • “Living conditions on United States reservations have been cited as ‘comparable to third world’.” (Gallup Independent)
  • 90,000 Indian families are currently homeless or underhoused. (Indian Country Today)
  • Nearly 1 in 4 Native American households are food insecure (Current Population Survey)
  • 24% of South Dakota tribal members live in overcrowded conditions or lack a kitchen or plumbing (Housing and Urban Development)
  • The suicide death rate among Native American youth aged 10-34 was the second leading cause of death behind unintentional injuries. (Indian Health Services)
Nurse Nancy hugging a Lakota child during a routine check-up.

When children are focused on meeting their basic needs and staying safe, they are unable to focus on school or simply enjoy being a kid.

No child should have these worries.

Act now and be part of all St. Joseph’s does to provide HOPE to deserving Lakota (Sioux) children and families: