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Red Cloud Indian School

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Nonprofit Overview

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 - formerly known as Holy Rosary Mission - has been serving the Lakota 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 Lakota 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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

13 Fran L


Rating: 5

I am a long time donor to this K-12 school and have found it to be an excellent resource for the Pine Ridge Reservation, where there is 89% unemployment and 6 in 10 live in poverty. Not only do students receive an outstanding education (has the highest number of Gates scholars per capita in the nation) but it offers healthy meal programs, and community outreach for those hoping to start businesses . Over 90 % of Red Cloud students graduate from high school and of that number 90% go on to post secondary education. Residents of the reservation recognize the value of Red Cloud's Lakota culture curriculum as well as after school activities such as basketball. The teachers really care about the kids. I know several Pine Ridge families with children who have attended or are still in the school. While visiting these families I have toured the school and the cultural museum. A Red Cloud education has been a life changing process for the graduates, with many now in professions such as teaching, social work or in medicine. Go to their website to get more information: https://www.redcloudschool.org



Rating: 5

My wife and I spent a few days this summer at the school. The purpose of our visit was to see first hand the school to which we have contributed for many years and to better understand their needs. We volunteered in several classes teaching science lessons and interacting with the students. The school provides many services and meals to the students besides providing them with a quality education. The teachers are very competent and caring. The students are motivated and perform at a high level academically. The community the school serves has an unemployment rate around 80%. Without the school, these students would not have adequate nutrition and hope for a good future that a quality education can provide. We were most impressed with the work being performed at the school and have increased our level of support accordingly. In addition to cash contributions, we provide extra resources to the teachers and library in the form of books, magazines, and science kits. We also just sent a shipment of new sweat shirts for the students in response to the need of warm clothing to deal with South Dakota winters.