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Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Museums, Religion, Roman Catholic

Mission: Founded at the request of Chief Red Cloud himself, since 1888 Red Cloud Indian School - also known as Holy Rosary Mission - has been serving the Lakota (Sioux)people of the Pine Ridge Reservation, especially the children on whom the future of this people depends. Red Cloud, with a predominantly Lakota staff, is a Catholic institution sponsored by the Jesuits and the Lakota people.

Red Cloud's primary and secondary education programs strive to produce graduates proud of their Lakota heritage, grounded in solid religious and ethical values, and well prepared for both college and life in the complex world confronting them. Its pastoral services in sixteen reservation parishes allow it to support the families of its students as it works to build a strong local church. Its respected museum, The Heritage Center, celebrates the arts and crafts of all Native American peoples.

Red Cloud strives to integrate Catholic faith and practice with the cultural and religious traditions of the Lakota people, while preparing the young people of the Reservation for an authentically Christian, authentically Lakota life in the contemporary world.

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