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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Special Education

Mission: St. Joseph's Indian School partners with Native American children and families to educate for life - mind, body, heart and spirit.

Target demographics: Native American children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 220 Native American children

Geographic areas served: South Dakota

Programs: Residential Care including Food and Clothing, Education, Counseling, Medical Care, College Scholarships

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203 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to St. Joseph's Indian School for several years now. It is truly a blessing to be able to contribute to the education of our Native American children, and know they are also being taught about their culture. I love the newsletters and stories written by the children that are shared with contributors. I feel like I'm a part of their school even though I live in eastern Tennessee. With love to all, Stephanie

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to St. Joseph for several years. Indigenous people of this country have been treated horribly by our US government since the white man came to “settle” this country.

Sincerely,

A. Christopher Moquin aka A. C. Moquin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was growing up, the things that I had, some children don't even know. Here I stand looking, looking around me, why all around me what do I see. Young girls, who become street walkers in the night. Young boys with restless dreams, looking for a fight. People both rich and poor searching for the truth, if they don't find it. GOD help them from my point of view. We're caught in a trade wind of our time. So we don't get caught in a trade wind. We're blowing over here, blowing over there. We got to work, we're moving. I know our culture, trail of tears. I am trying to do my part. Yellowmama, Winning tree. Thanksgivings!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a first generation Italian born in this great country. I feel very fortunate to be living here in the wealthiest country on the planet. While I may "only" be middle class in this country, I still believe it is good to share what we have. When looking for charities that support some of the impoverished right here in the USA, I understand that our history as a nation is replete with actions we have taken against minorities for "our" own benefit. While our ideal is freedom as a nation of citizens, we have a long way to go to accomplish this freedom. When I look to see what some of the most aggrieved minorities throughout our history, Native Americans jump out at me. While I'm not comparing our treatment of Native Americans to any other minority, it's easy to see, for me, that as a nation, we owe something back to our brothers who met the Mayflower, especially those that have welcomed us since 1492. I have donated to St. Joseph's Indian School for many years now and am happy that they are educating Native Americans. I am also happy to share my money toward that education. I believe this charity to be an excellent source of what my faith teaches me to do, sharing. And so, I am happy to share some of the things this country has provided me. Educating Native American children is a great start. For any and all of my donations, there has not been a single time when I was not thanked for the kindness. I am grateful to the Lakota children for their gratitude as well as I am happy to share my means. I hope more people find it in their hearts to also share with St. Joseph's Indian School.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Being a grandson of one who when alive donated to SJIS. Once I grew up (and more importantly became more thoughtful) began the journey of faith and an understanding that charity is not just during Lent; over time a serious commitment began to form and once a plan was formulated, Saint Joseph’s was listed as potential beneficiaries. Research proved beneficial to rule out many organizations that my faith demanded of me. In the end, Saint Joseph’s commitment to ensuring the preservation of the customs was a key to keeping them on the list. As my Faith has grown, I am blessed to be able to pray and support their efforts to nurture, educate not only the kids of such a great tribal community, but to give their families hope for tomorrow!

Rob M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I give a $20 here and there to St.Joseph’s Indian School. I wish I could give more because many of the mailings contain really nice gifts. I give because as a Substance Abuse Counselor and having worked in the field of human services in Northern,NY I have seen the poverty that burdens local native reservations. I also know how addiction to substances and alcohol ravage native reservations because of the poverty. I’m not concerned about the mailings, most nonprofits have a development department whose only job is to solicit funds. It’s just the reality for nonprofits. It may seem like a lot of money is being spent on mailings but many companies will partner with nonprofits and offer discounted production costs because it benefits them fiscally in the form of tax write offs. Anyways, this is just my 2 cents.

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Donor

Rating: 3

This non-profit is worth many millions of dollars. I’m sure they take care of the children. However, the amount of advertising that they do is ridiculous. I was the Nursing Director at a nursing home for many years. Almost every patient got their ads every month. Many of our patients had dementia and could not manage their own funds. It got to the point we were dumping boxes of their ads in the dumpster. They need much better control of how they spend their income, income that is provided by hard working donors.

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stjo1927 12/09/2020

Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding our mail. Our main focus at the school is to provide a warm loving home, an education and medical needs for over 200 Lakota boys and girls in our care. In order to do this, a series of mailings are sent to people throughout the US asking for their support. Our school is located in a rural area in Chamberlain, South Dakota. We don’t receive regular, ongoing federal support nor do we receive large donations from huge corporations. Instead we rely on caring individuals from across the country to support our work through tax-deductible donations, one gift at a time. Our work is life-changing and we want to share with as many people as possible about the programs for the Lakota children in our care. We understand not everyone can help and will gladly remove anyone that so chooses not to. Our Mission Care Advocates are ready to assist @ 800-341-2235 Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm central time for changes and questions.

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Rating: 1

As someone who worked for Ad Agencies producing Direct Mail, the last mailing ended it for me in making any contributions. ELEVEN items, all expensive to produce. Included a large 4 color printed custom mailer, 4 color over B/W 2 sided letter, a perfed 4/C over B/W certificate, a 4/C over B/W drawing/letter; a custom daily planner, perfect bound, with a foiled cover & a placement ribbon; a 4/C over 4/C die-cut backer that held a pen, & the planner. Attached to this backer is also 4/C printed Music CD, & a 4/C printed CD Sleeve with a glassine front. All off these items have to be assembled, inserted into the mailer with a foam type protector, sealed with clear disks, then labeled from pre-printed address mailing labels.
All these elements need to be written & designed by an agency, approved
by the management team, & final digital Art must be produced by the agency to go to a variety of Printers. The bigger the package, the higher the postage costs. Given the large stream of CONTINUAL mailings of truly unwanted stuff - it's obviously going to cover those costs. Especially since there is such a small base at the school, the monies have to be going more towards outside support & vendors, cranking out these packages vs. going to the school & children. With more moderately produced & FEWER mailings, you'd have more money going where it's truly needed, the School & the children. And the fact that this non-profit "Machine" is not transparent & refuses to release just how their funding is distributed, what their top people pull in as salaries, & has no charity rating for people to determine if this is where they want their funding to go - this is not the place to put your money. Note their direct mailing lists are also being resold, as other Indian charities now have access to you.

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stjo1927 12/04/2020

Thank you for sharing your concerns about our mission here at St. Joseph's Indian school. We are so sorry to have offended you by sending our latest fundraising mailing. Our main focus at the school is to provide a warm loving home, an education and medical needs for over 200 Lakota boys and girls in our care. In order to do this, a series of mailings are sent to people throughout the US asking for their support. Our school is located in a rural area in Chamberlain, South Dakota. We don’t receive regular, ongoing federal support nor do we receive large donations from huge corporations. Instead we rely on caring individuals from across the country to support our work through tax-deductible donations, one gift at a time. Our work is life-changing and we want to share with as many people as possible about the programs for the Lakota children in our care. If you would like to contact us at 1-800-341-2235 Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm central time. Thank you for your support!

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Donor

Rating: 1

I donated to St. Joseph’s this year for the first time. I will not do this again. I believe my gift was used not for the children but to staff and fund the effort to solicit me for additional gifts. Do not dare to use my hard earned dollars to fill my mailbox with dream catchers, pens and junk which I must convey to the landfill. ZERO stars but I had to give one to submit this.

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stjo1927 12/04/2020

Thank you for sharing your kindness and support to help he Lakota boys and girls here at St. Joseph's Indian School. I assure your generosity has helped our students. We would be more than happy to adjust your mail preferences. Please contact us at 800-341-2235 mon-Fri 8am, to 5 pm. Central time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I do not feel qualified to give a rating to this nonprofit (if I have to, to post this comment, I'll give a 2 star for reasons stated here) I have no doubt these kids could use and deserve as much support as possible and surely they get something from this. And contrary to one negative review, I do not see that it goes to "Friends of" the St. Joseph School but payments are directly to St. Joseph School. Still, as others have noted, I want to give to the most efficient charities, and the large packages of dreamcatchers, little do-dads, pens, etc. cost something. I can see sending those once a year as a thankyou to donors, but I've probably now gotten these a dozen times. From this I am not convinced this nonprofit is as efficient in serving the kids directly as it could be. I regularly give, and plan to continue to give, to One Spirit, for the Pine Ridge Lakota families, and was informed by an important person living on the Pine Ridge Rez how good this non-profit is. All I get back is an emailed thank you, which is fine to me. So despite all the heartstrings being pulled by these packages, I will continue giving what I can to One Spirit instead. Sorry, St. Joseph's, but would like to hear a better response to these concerns than has been given to others.

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stjo1927 11/25/2020

Thank you for your comment. Your support is greatly appreciated here at St. Joseph's Indian School. We are happy to accommodate our donor's requests by changing their mail preferences. Our main focus is caring for over 200 Lakota boys and girls each year not to send mail. If you would like us to remove the gift items from your mailings we will do so right away! Please contact us at 800-341-2234 Mon- Fri 8 am to 5 pm Central time.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I don't know how they got my name and I am surely looking into this organization that send out this material. One thing I noticed is that it says it is being sent out from the Friend of St Joseph's Indian School. So that means that is it not directly from the School and they can give whatever amount of the donation to the school and keep the rest for salaries and material. And my guess mostly salaries!
So before I or anyone donates do your homework!

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stjo1927 11/10/2020

Thank you for your comment. Our work is life changing and we want to share with as many people as possible about the programs for the Lakota children in our care. We are certainly able to remove our donor's from our mailing list as they request. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are still receiving our mailings and wish not to. Our contact info is 800-341-2235 Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm Central Time

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting St Josephs for quite a few years and I believe they are doing a wonderful job of caring for and educating the children and families of the Lakota Souix. While some of the negative ratings about fundraising and gifts are always worth researching, I still feel they are not enough to stop my donating what I can. I have had phone calls and greeting cards and e-mails and videos for my review and comment. I have also requested to stop receiving the gifts which I feel could be used by others and my request was honored. So , considering the amount of charities in the U.S. which find a way to my mailbox and believe me they are many and overwhelming, I have to be selective. I am retired military on a fixed income and can only donate a finite amount so the Lakota children and Wounded Warriors along with the USO are my choices . No negativity and stay positive during these trying times. God Bless.

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stjo1927 10/30/2020

Thank you for sharing such kind words about or mission here at St. Joseph's Indian School! We truly could not provide for our Lakota boys and girls if it weren't for our loving supporters. Wopila tanka-many thanks !

5 David_Arrich

Donor

Rating: 5

It was by pure happenstance that I came upon this organization.

Upon reading their mission statement and viewing their curriculum and daily schedule, SJIS is truly working diligently to teach these young people to be educated, productive, responsible adults, and to be true to and perpetuate their heritage. There is no way to undo the wrongs of the decisions the US Government made that violated so many treaties signed in blood.

However, moving forward, SJIS is a sterling example of the right thing to do for developing and guiding future generations of The Lakota Sioux.

I am truly happy that I choose this youth-oriented, non-profit as my charitable organization.

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stjo1927 10/30/2020

Thank you for choosing to support St. Joseph's Indian School. We certainly have had a great privilege to work with Native American communities since 1927, thanks to our loving thiyóšpaye — extended family like you, we are able to provide a hope and a future for our students!

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Donor

Rating: 5

To understand the need of St. Joseph Indian School, look for Chamberlain on a map of South Dakota: IT IS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. The Indians are not scamming to get wealthy off your donations. They can only appeal to your charity as best as they know how. Their gift shop
is selling nice merchandise to get a small profit for the children's sake. As an old, retired guy on Social Security, I don't have much to play with. But what I can give to these children, is money well spent! It's not what you take in life, but what you give that counts. Give to these children and God will bless you.

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stjo1927 10/13/2020

We sincerely appreciate your loving support to our Lakota boys and girls here at St. Joseph's!

3 Mitchell E.

Donor

Rating: 5

St. Joseph's Indian school is a great non-profit organization that i have contributed money to over the years im actually about 10% to 20% Native. I wish someday I could attend one of the Pow-wows. Maybe next year. It is a great school for the natives.

-Mitch

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stjo1927 09/15/2020

Thank you for your continued support Mitchell! We hope that you are able to visit for a Powwow as well in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 3

I have been receiving very nice - and expensive to produce - solicitations from this organization. Last week Christmas cards, this weekend, a large envelope with a reuseable shopping bag, notepaper, and more cards. I researched and found out the school is affiliated with the priests of the Sacred Heart; however, further research on the school has me re-thinking my donations. Expensive advertising outreach as mentioned, plus nothing about them on Charity Navigator ( because they presumably do not file an online Form 990, which is available to the public), plus employee statements on Glassdoor.com have made me decide to support an organization which spends more on the children it helps and whose numbers of children helped are higher. St Joseph's Indian School employs about 400 people but only supports about 200 children. They also use only .71 of a $1.00 for the organization. I have to wonder where the money is going.

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stjo1927 09/15/2020

I want you to know you didn’t make a mistake in supporting our school. Of each dollar raised, 68 cents goes to the children in our care and for future planned program growth. These funds help provide a loving, safe, living and learning environment for the Lakota children. Our program and supporting funds also provide needed services for the Lakota people on three reservations. These services include a domestic violence shelter, licensed adolescent group care center and counseling services. The remaining 32 cents is used for support services, fundraising and development of future donors. We must use a portion of dollars raised for fundraising, as it is the only way our educational, medical, counseling, and vast array of other services remain completely free-of-charge to the Lakota students who attend our school and their families. Our mailings cost very little to send out as our priority is caring for our Lakota students.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I gave alot of toys until I became aware of the CNN news media report. . I get many mailings that must cost alot to send out. Ive kindly asked to be taken off mailings but the mailings have never stopped.

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stjo1927 08/21/2020

I want you to know you didn’t make a mistake in supporting our school. Your gifts were used for actual needs and your impact is making a difference! The stories you read in our mailings are true and we are going to keep serving the Lakota (Sioux) children in our care as we have for over 90 years. We certainly respect your wished to be removed from our mailing list. If you would like to contact us to ensure we have fulfilled your request please please call 1-800-341-2235. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM central time.

7 Paula Louise C.

Donor

Rating: 5

My recently deceased father donated to this charity. He resided in New York with my mother. The administrator was very sympathetic and told me that they had conversed numerous times with him over the years. She informed me that he had been a donor for 20 years.

I have taken the baton in honour of my departed father to donate to such a worthy and life changing charity.

The school provides educational opportunities and life changing futures to children, teenagers and in turn their families. Education is the seed to a brighter future and this charity provides this to the Native American community.

I am based in London and will continue to make monthly donations (in memory of my father) and also for my respect and love of the Native American people and culture, until the end of my life.

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stjo1927 07/31/2020

Paula, Thank you so very much for sharing such kind words about our school. We welcome you to our extended family- Tiyospaye, as you continue to donate in memory of your father.

3 tammyranaldi

Donor

Rating: 5

They are taking care of the kids in a special way. Me and my mother both are donors to them on a regular basis. I love the spiritual and educational aspect of the school and they do an outstanding job. Being part Blackfoot I understand the need to take care of the children. The school is a blessing.

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stjo1927 07/31/2020

Many thanks to you and your mother for your continued support! We are truly blessed to be able to provide such wonderful opportunities for our Lakota boys and girls.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Being part Native Blackfoot I can relate to the needs and challenges of our tribal nations. St. Joseph's Indian School is doing their part in helping to nurture and educate the Lakota children. I'm proud to be a donor for a long time now and will continue to do so. They also have a spiritually based program that includes giving thanks to the Lord God our Creator. This is important to me and them. They show the children and their families love and kindness ❣️. Great charity to be apart of. TR

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

TR, we appreciated you and your continued support! We are blessed to have you as part of our Tiyospaye.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Indian nations have been left out for many years in the United States of America in being treated as true Americans.

6 Whitney H.2

Donor

Rating: 4

We've donated at Christmas time for the last few years, and we've always gotten rewarded with a few note pads, personalized address labels and bookmarks after the 1st of year. And they don't drown your spambox nor your physical mailbox w unwanted solicitation all year long, so thats def a +plus. 4☆s

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stjo1927 06/30/2020

Whitney, t hank you for your generosity and loving support of our Lakota boys and girls!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Im happy to help these young people. They dont just ask for donations. They send you little things showing they want to show their appreciation. I give as much as im able to and appreciate hearing from the Lakota children quite often.

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stjo1927 05/01/2020

Thank you for your continued support!

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Donor

Rating: 3

I have read some of the comments and think all non-profits need to consider how they reach their contributors. Don't waste money on gifts, send a thank you postcard or email, and move on. I believe people should give from the heart not to get a gift. At least I hope, but I do see a lot of non-profits giving away blankets, t-shirts, etc. I also would prefer all funds go to the children.

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stjo1927 05/01/2020

Our main focus at the school is to provide a warm loving home, an education and medical needs for over 200 Lakota boys and girls in our care. We can understand that not everyone likes to receive gift mailings. We will gladly change your mail preference not to receive those types of mailings. Please cal us at 800-341-2235 and we will take care of that right away.

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Rating: 5

Last summer my husband and I visited St.Joseph’s Indian School as part of a driving adventure through ND & SD. We attended the PowWow in September. The school opened its campus to donors for tours, student demonstrations of powwow dancers, and an inspiring powwow with students dancing & playing drums. We met dorm parents, teachers, and students. We loved it!! All members of the school community love their mission and the children. SJS is a place of love, caring, and commitment. We have donated to the school in recent years & will continue as long as we can. The many letters, pictures of the children, stories about the school activities make us feel a part of this much needed school for Native American children. Our visit confirmed what we had already decided about SJS. Its fundraising efforts are fruitful and well worth every cent we send. May God bless them in their work.

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stjo1927 05/01/2020

Thank you for your continued loving support to our Mission here at St. Joseph's! It is heartwarming to hear you've enjoyed every part of our school and share such love for our students.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been giving sporadically for years, but recently began giving monthly through a credit card. We as a people owe our Native Americans so much. St. Joseph Indian school provides a nurturing learning environment which fosters the dignity and gifts of each child giving them the wonderful gifts of love, education and appreciation for their heritage. St. Joseph is one of several Catholic Indian Mission Schools I am blessed to be able to help support.

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stjo1927 05/01/2020

Thank you for your continued kindness and support. Your monthly support is greatly appreciated!

3 Cheryl R.2

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Rating: 5

I support St Joseph's Indian School as their newsletters are filled with the awesome work they do in educating the children in school, life and in keeping and passing on their traditions. The newsletters are inspiring and make me feel good about donating and the work they do.

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

We love to hear feedback and how our Newsletters bring such joy to our extended family. Sharing our Mission and the greatness of our students is so important to us. Thank you for your support Cheryl!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started my donations in the early 80s as part of the Federal Government's CFC and have continued to do so during retirement. My wife and I feel it is one of the most important charities we donate to. To see the faces of the young children and hear of the amazing accomplishments is always heart warming. it gives us hope that the so many wrongs of years past are being righted and St. Joseph's appears to be at the forefront of that. Any change begins with the young for the future is theirs.

We hope on day to visit in September as it is part of our bucket list.

Maury & Francie

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Maury and Francie, We appreciate your continued generosity and love! We look forward to being part of your bucket list in the future.

4 Susan Charlotte D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the St. Joseph's Indian School for quite a while in donating what I can and praying. The Natives are the most tortured people. They are the ancestors of the original people of these lands and we owe it to them to protect, respect and support. St. Joseph's does that for the youth, the future of the Natives. I am grateful for this organization that cares for a lost people. Beautiful people that I see when receiving news letters and thanks for the little I do. It makes me smile to see them thriving in a place that cares and develops humans who deserve this and more.

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Thank you for being part of our St. Joseph's family!

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Rating: 5

I have been donating to this school for a couple years now. They never fail to include me in what ever they are doing. I enjoy seeing the children and celebrate their success at rodeo as they do. St.Joseph's goes to great lengths to see that every child that asks is taken care of and that is very important. Some of these children have nothing and need all the help they are given. I like seeing them do good in their studies and continue on to higher schools of learning.
I am 77 years old now and would enjoy seeing the campus but never will. So I appreciate them sharing with me. Carry on the good work you do and keeping for the children.

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

We are so very thankful for your kind words and love you share with our students! We will continue to bring the St. Joseph's campus to you through our correspondence!

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Rating: 5

The reason that I support St. Joseph Indian School is because the Native American Indians were here before we were. They were pushed off their land and put on reservations. We actually took their land from them. When I found St. Joseph Indian School, I knew that I needed to donate to them.

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Thank you for your continued support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a family member of the first generation that were born in the USA and we come from working class Italian roots. When our parents arrived in a new world they were searching for a brighter future for their children and although times were tough in 1902 for immigrants, they worked hard and gave us a life that was prosperous. All ten of us children were raised to work hard and to have respect for others and we grew to be successful in life. I am now 80 years old and I have long believed in charity because my father was a generous man and he taught me the value of giving to others who were not as well off as us. Native American history describes the great pride that Indians held in their traditions and also how they survived the changes that were thrust upon them. My parents were exposed to an immense change in life because of their language difference and the lifestyle they were accustomed to. They were a proud people who lived the American dream and now I feel the same great pride when I donate to St. Joseph's Indian School. I sincerely pray that others might find the same pride and become donors to a very worthwhile cause. St. Joseph's instills pride in their students and it shows in their accomplishments and their success in life. God bless the children and bless the school for providing the kind of education and care that they need to grow into responsible adults. SR Pistachio

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Thank you and many blessings to you!

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Rating: 5

I am so honored to be a long-time supporter of St. Joseph's Indian School. At St. Joseph's, children and their families are given hope for a good education and an even better future. I am just sorry that I live so far away. I hope some day to visit St. Joseph's to meet some of the wonderful children.

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Judy we fell just as honored to have such loving support. We hope to see you on campus someday!

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Rating: 5

This is a charitable organization that truly supports the future of Lakota Sioux children. After the damage done to all our tribes, this school is a force for positive change for these kids and their families. Some charities show the poor condition of various situations to make one feel guilty. The St Joe’s Indian School makes me feel joyful for what little I can do to help.

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Over 200 Lakota boys and girls are impacted with such greatness every year because of people like you! Thank you!

1 Maria C.8

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Rating: 5

I have been sending 'care packages' to St Joseph's for some time now . They are so appreciative.
I feel it is important to support them . It is sad that Native Americans are neglected by the US government. They deserve our help.

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Blessings to you Maria! Thank you for the continued support!

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Rating: 5

I have started donating to St. Joseph’s school since many years and I don’t even remember which year was that but I was living away from my own children so I figured I can help children in the world who need help. And that’s how it all started. I read their stories whenever I get chance and I feel happy when they are successful because I feel that I am a very small part of their successful life and so I keep doing it. God bless them all in their beautiful journey and I pray God that they have great achievements in their life. ..... MRS. KRISHNA KUMAR

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Thank you for such a kind review. It is always wonderful to hear when our donor family enjoys reading the stories we get to share. We appreciate your loving support!

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Rating: 5

My husband and I are happy to contribute to St. Joseph’s School children. We give 3 or 4 times a year, and send email Valentines each February. I’ve spoken to a staff member on the phone, received personal voice messages of thanks, as well as Thank You’s from the children. If you read some of the negative reviews, just remember that some people will complain no matter what! St. Joseph’s doesn’t need their negativity or their money. We believe our financial support is going to GREAT people who have an even GREATER need than many nonprofits. We believe in you and thank you for all you do!!

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Thank you for the continued love and support! We love being able to make a difference in the lives of our students. We are able to do this thanks to donors like you!

2 Jon W.4

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Rating: 5

As a U.S. History teacher who has studied Native American culture and history, I was always saddened by the thought that we as a nation took so much and gave so little to our indigenous brothers and sisters. When I began donating to St. Joseph's years ago, I recognized not only the great work the school does for the children but for the community as well. As a monthly donor I am honored to be part of an extended community guided by love and the hope that these kids can fulfill their destiny. Peace and Love to all of you at St. Joseph's and a special shout-out to the amazing kids that are so blessed to have you.

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

We are truly thankful for your continue generosity and love of our Lakota boys and girls!

1 Michelle C.11

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Rating: 5

I've been supporting St. Joseph's Indian School for many years. I love that they are serving the children and the entire community. They educate the children in all of the standard topics and in their heritage and prepare them for high school and beyond. I love getting the monthly letter and artwork from the children. It is important work that St. Joseph's is doing.

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Michelle, We appreciate your continued loving support to our Mission! You are making such an impact in the lives of over 200 students every year! Thank you!

4 Scott Adam A.

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Rating: 5

Having violated our agreements with Native nations we need to recognize and support their non profit needs.

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stjo1927 04/27/2020

Scott, We certainly appreciate your kindness! Our Lakota students are so very deserving of a great future and opportunities to grow.

8 Frank L.3

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Rating: 5

I'm an 76 year old combat Vietnam Marine corps Veterans, And been giving to St Joseph for a long time over 20 years and I get the material that all you people are crying about all the time and I forward it to others and I believe that helps the school to get there name out and get more donations you have to pay for advertising no matter what so understand advertising And enjoy the products you get I dont know about China seems like you like to find fault in everything I would love to go to the school but because of my handicap I cant These kids need your help.

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stjo1927 03/18/2020

Thank you for your kind words Frank. We are truly thankful for your loving support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Please stop sending me stuff in the mail. I don't need it. It contributes to global warming and waste.

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stjo1927 03/18/2020

Thank you for your request. We are happy to take care of that for you. Please contact us @ 800-341-2235 Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm Central time .

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Rating: 1

The school continuous to send junk mail fundraising appeals with a lot of junk made in China and misleading stories about the children housed at the school. There is a staff of over 200 people, with only a obut 9% Native American. The school serves only 200 children. It raises over $50 million a year, of which apparently $30 million is spent on the school, WHICH IS ABOUT $150,000 per student. This sounds like an enterprise that uses Native American children for the benefit of a few well-paid non Native Americans. Also note that many of the exaggerated positive reviews are dated on the same day. Very suspicious!




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stjo1927 03/18/2020

Thank you for your comment. Our main focus at the school is to provide a warm loving home, an education and medical needs for over 200 Lakota boys and girls in our care. In order to do this, a series of mailings are sent to people throughout the US asking for their support. Our school is located in a rural area in Chamberlain, South Dakota. We don’t receive regular, ongoing federal support nor do we receive large donations from huge corporations. The majority of the pieces in the package are made in the USA. Having the dreamcatcher made overseas is an important issue for St. Joseph’s, and not a decision we take lightly. Direct mail is our primary means of fundraising at this time. Recruiting qualified staff — teachers and otherwise — for a nonprofit school in a rural area is an ever-present challenge. St. Joseph’s most recent employment update indicated that just over 10% of all St. Joseph’s employees are Native American.

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Rating: 1

I think they should save the money on solicitation, cards, dream catchers, notepads, bags....and use that money for the children and education.
These gifts do not make one donate, they waste money.

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stjo1927 03/18/2020

Thank you for your comment. We are happy to accommodate our donor's requests by changing their mail preferences. Our main focus is caring for over 200 Lakota boys and girls each year not to send mail. If you are receiving mail and would like us to remove your name, please contact us at 800-341-2234 Mon- Fri 8 am to 5 pm Central time.

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Rating: 1

This "charity" has $200 million in assets and each year sends tens of millions of mailers soliciting more money. The mailers are stuffed with literal junk--stickers and Chinese-made "dreamcatchers" and letters from fictitious students. The school's "Needs list" includes items like lip balm and toothpaste. Maybe it should save some of the money it spends contributing to our waste epidemic, buy the kids the basics and stop its aggressive marketing campaign. Shameful!

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stjo1927 03/18/2020

I am so sorry to have offended you by sending our latest fundraising mailing. Our main focus at the school is to provide a warm loving home, an education and medical needs for over 200 Lakota boys and girls in our care. In order to do this, a series of mailings are sent to people throughout the US asking for their support. Our school is located in a rural area in Chamberlain, South Dakota. We don’t receive regular, ongoing federal support nor do we receive large donations from huge corporations. Instead we rely on caring individuals from across the country to support our work through tax-deductible donations, one gift at a time. Our work is life-changing and we want to share with as many people as possible about the programs for the Lakota children in our care.

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Rating: 5

After many years of donating to St. Joseph's my husband and I we able to attend the annual powwow in 2019. What an experience! The school was everything we thought it would be but even better! We could immediately see that all the donors' money is well spent. The grounds are beautiful and well cared for, but most importantly, the children are loved and well cared for. Many of the employees we talked with have been there for many years, speaking to their devotion and how they are treated as well.
A nice surprise was how enjoyable it was to be with the other donors (many attend the powwow every year). Most of the men, and some of the women, are veterans like my husband, and they are given an honored role during the powwow.
St. Joseph's reaches out to help the families of the students as well and provides services such as a day camp during the summer and book mobiles. While my husband and I do not have a lot of money, this is definitely our favorite charity and we have increased the amount we donate to it.

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stjo1927 01/22/2020

Thank you Annie for your kind review! We are so appreciative of the loving support that we receive to give our Lakota students the very best! It is always great to hear how our Powwow is from our visitors as well. it is a favorite time of year for all of us here at St. Joseph's! Again, thank you for your continued support and hope to see you and your husband again!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After it was determined that primary charity was no longer living its mission, needed another one that touched my heart.
I have made small contributions to SJIS over the years and decided to explore them a bit more. What I'm finding are people trying to make a better world for NA children - about 200 each year.
Contributions are sincerely appreciated and make a real difference to the children. The staff ensures you are treated as part of the team and they personally express their gratitude. That means a lot to me.

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stjo1927 01/20/2020

Thank you so much for such kind words! Educating our students for life-mind,body, heart and spirit is our Mission. Hearing such positive feedback from our extended family is great.

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Rating: 5

I love St. Joseph's Indian School,the children there are so kind and they never ask for much,the people,the who help run the school are awesome,they have powwow's for the children to keep up their heritage,and Father Kluckman has a heart of gold, i am very proud to say i do support this school and will continue to do so. I give what i can,and on Christmas i buy gifts for the children because what they ask for are items they can use to learn and keep warm since it gets so cold out there. I love to see the smiles on their faces,and the staff makes sure they keep up their education and when they graduate,i smile because in my indian heart i know just how special they are. I use Amazon Smile as a way to contribute to the school and when they move on to college is a great moment in my life. One day these children might be our future president, or doctor,their smart and kind considering how they grew up,in a poor envirement,so please if you can continue donating to this wonderful school,they have become my extended family please do so, God bless this wonderful school

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stjo1927 11/15/2019

Thank you so much for your very kind words about St Joseph's Indian School. We appreciate your support for the children and all that you do.

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Rating: 5

I AM PART NATIVE AMERICAN,ST JOSEPH'S INDIAN SCHOOL HELPS THE POOR CHILDREN TO BECOME SOMEONE SPECIAL,THEY DEAL WITH HARD LIVES,COLD WEATHER AND DON'T HAVE WHAT WHITE CHILDREN ASSUME IS NORMAL,TOYS ,TV, CLOTHING. THESE CHILDREN MY EXTENDED FAMILY FACE HARDSHIPS NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO FACE ESPECIALLY A CHILD. ST JOSEPH'S GIVES THESE CHILDREN HOPE, THEY FEED AND CLOTH THEM AND MOST IMPORT A SOLID EDUCATION. TO SEE A CHILD SMILE ON CHRISTMAS MAKES MY LIFE WORTH LIVING FOR I DONATE WHAT I CAN,AND NOW GETTING BOXES OF CLOTHING AND TOYS TO SEND TO THESE WONDERFUL CHILDREN, THE STAFF AND THE PRIEST DO A WONDERFUL JOB TEACHING AND KEEPING THEIR HERITAGE TOGETHER FOR THE CHILDREN. I LOVE THESE CHILDREN AS I WOULD MY OWN,SO PLEASE HELP DONATE TO ST JOSEPH'S THROUGH AMAZON SMILE, AND DONATE ON YOUR CREDIT CARD MONTHLY HELPS. I AM VERY PROUD OF THESE CHILDREN FOR FIGHTING TO BECOME SOMETHING SPECIAL.THEY ACCEPT ALL CHALLENGES THROWN AT THEM,AND STILL SMILE.THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL, WITHOUT IT, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE A CHANCE AT GETTING A GOOD EDUCATION,SO PLEASE HELP THEM. DEBORAH LITTLE WOLF CIESLEWSKI

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Deborah, thank you for your kind words about St Joseph's Indian School. We can help this children out and give them so many opportunities thanks to donors like you.

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Rating: 1

Although St. Josephs Indian School may do some good I'm extremely disappointed and frustrated with their fundraising efforts. After donating to this charity I have received countless gifts in an effort to convince me to donate more money. Unfortunately after a couple of years the cost of the gifts have probably exceeded my original donation amount. We have contacted St. Josephs and asked them to stop sending these gifts yet I continue to receive them. My intention was to have my donation be used for the children and NOT TO BE SPENT ON FUNDRAISING.

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stjo1927 01/20/2020

Jay, we apologize that you are still receiving the mailings. if you would like to contact us at 1-800-341-2235 Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm central time, we would like to make sure your request is honored.

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Rating: 4

I have given to this school in the past. I now 80 years old and because of medicines and health concerns I want off their mailing list. It hard not to give because I look at the children and it breaks my heart. I received another big package today. I have written them, they have called me and I have told them by phone that I can no longer be able donor. My church and local community needs what help I can give. They just keep sending stuff. I am glad I looked up this web site. I was almost ready to donate again and again ask to be taken off the list. After reaing the comments I see I am not the only one with a reduced income that has a willing heart but not the funds to give to a worthy cause. God bless you all. Please take me off your mailing list!

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stjo1927 11/11/2019

Linda, we can certainly remove you from our mailing list if you can give us a call at 1-800-341-2235 Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm central time.

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I don't know how they got my name on their mailing list. But the amount of "free" stuff they send in their packages through the mail must cost a lot to produce. I'm sure it is more than would be covered by the amount I could afford to give. I am in favor of supporting any charity that helps native Americans and their children, but I have my doubts about this one. I hope that by not donating for the past two years they will remove me from their mailings.

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stjo1927 01/20/2020

Our main focus at the school is to provide a warm loving home, an education and medical needs for over 200 Lakota boys and girls in our care. In order to do this, a series of mailings are sent to people throughout the US asking for their support. Our school is located in a rural area in Chamberlain, South Dakota. We don’t receive regular, ongoing federal support nor do we receive large donations from huge corporations. Instead, we rely on caring individuals from across the country to support our work through tax-deductible donations, one gift at a time. Our work is life changing and we want to share with as many people as possible about the programs for the Lakota children in our care. We are certainly able to remove our donor's from our mailing list as they request. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are still reviving our mailings and wish not to. Our contact info is 800-341-2235 Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm Central Time, Or you can email us @ Saintjosephs@stjo.org.

11 Curt A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

The only thing we know about this ministry is that each year they send us a large packet of gifts which includes Christmas cards, dream catcher, calendar, note pads, and other items. It makes us wonder if by receiving all these gifts that somehow we should feel beholden to the organization and send a gift. Having been in fund raising for a number of years I am wondering who is paying for all these materials? Are they donated? Is a portion of the gifts that are received going to pay for the fund raising costs of St. Joseph's. I saw a comment that stated that just 65% of what is raised is going to fund the organization. This means that 35% of the gifts are going to either some third party fund raising organization or are purchasing these items. Our goal in my organizations was 10 cents to raise a dollar, perhaps a bit higher. If true, 35% sounds kind of high. We understand the need but have some other priorities for support in our area.

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stjo1927 01/20/2020

People often ask why we send mail at all. Direct mail is our primary means of fundraising at this time. To simply stop our mailings would put a halt to our income and, as a result, our ability to care for the Lakota (Sioux) children. For every dollar raised, 68% goes directly to the children attending St. Joseph’s Indian School, their families living in reservation communities, and toward cultural and faith development. For any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us at 800-341-2235 Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm Central Time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Been getting their mailing for years. Most of it made in China (not that it is bad in and of itself). But looking at the posts, the gross is $80,000,000 per year. Divided by the 200 students they have in the school, that's $400,000 per each student. If money is leftover, each year, where does that go? It boggles my mind. Granted they do other stuff, but please, donate your money elsewhere.

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stjo1927 01/20/2020

No tuition is charged and St. Joseph's Indian School provides for all the needs of over 200 Native American students. Everything from food and clothing to education, counseling and healthcare is provided. St, Joseph's work does not stop on campus, we are also happy to share our loving support helps with our Summer Day Camp,Bookmobile,Sacred Heart Family Safe Shelter in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, college scholarships and much more. Please let us know if you have further concerns or questions! You can contact us at 1-800-341-2235 Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm Central time.

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23 Craig C.3

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Rating: 3

We have supported St. Joseph's for a number of years. Recently St. Joseph's significantly increased the number and frequency of their fund raising mailings to the rate of 4 -10 mailings/month which raises the question of their legitimacy. St. Joseph's does not file an annual "nonprofit" return with the IRS and we've been unable to determine their ratio of solicitation/administrative expenses to funds actually given to the school. The frequency of mailings is indicative of a hiring a high pressure, high cost fund raising subcontractor with the risk of funds donated not being used for the purposes we support. Has anyone else had this experience and been successful in 'checking them out'? Lacking valid information we're leery of continuing our support.

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stjo1927 09/30/2019

Craig, thank you for your comment we can certainly adjust your mail settings if you would like to give us a call at 1-800-341-2235 Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM central time. We are evaluated by the Council on Accreditation which provides a more thorough evaluation of our organization’s credibility and thus, our value. Through the Council on Accreditation’s extensive audit process, we receive evaluation by a panel of experts in social services fields. The evaluation, including site visits and interviews with St. Joseph’s personnel and families served, assesses more than just finances. St. Joseph’s Indian School receives ratings in: • Ethical Practice • Financial Management • Governance • Human Resources • Performance & Quality Improvement • Risk Prevention & Management • Best Practices in Child Care All areas are then measured against national standards for service organizations.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have tried to get my mother off of their mailing list and somehow, every few months she gets back on it. (She has even moved twice since she first got these donation requests) I have even put her on the do not mail list at dmachoice.org and that does nothing even though they are not supposed to mail these things to her.

I think it is disgusting the way they try and raise funds from people that are on limited income. They raised $81,937,575 in unrestricted contributions in 2018. Enough already. Stop trying to get people on limited incomes to donate to your school.

I also have an issue that only 65 cents of every dollar raised is going to the Lakota children that attend this school. Seems very low for a charity.

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stjo1927 09/30/2019

ral420- we can certainly get your mother removed from our mailing list if you would please call 1-800-341-2235. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM central time.

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Rating: 5

We help support programs & projects at St. Joe and believe It's truly money well spent.

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stjo1927 08/14/2019

Thank you so much for your support to St Joseph's Indian School and to the children we appreciate all that you do.

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I am so proud to finally have joined the ST. Joseph Indian School in 2018 after some time receiving such sweet notes, little adorable gifts by mail I had meant to become a part of this exciting, worthy, beautiful cause. I will continue to give financial for financial support of these beautiful children, families, and the community. I have over many many years purchased Native American Jewelry as a help to my native sisters, and Brothers that I continue, now with this direct cause as well I feel complete on my mission to help as I am mixed Cherokee blooded on my grandmothers side. I am so proud to have finally joined my new family I feel reunited with my people a sense of belonging on that side of my life my blood line at last! I am a proud American that has lived a fortunate life yes through much hard work, this year 2019 is my 60th keep me posted keep it coming God Bless each and everyone.

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Shellamaria, thank you for your kind words and we are happy to have you be a part of our Tiyóspaye.

4 Sandy G.3

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I support St Jo's because this is a wonderful, much needed school for children and families who otherwise wouldnt have the opportunities that this school offers. The new horse therapy program is fantastic! The families are very blessed to have a place like this to go to. I am proud to be a part of it.

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Sandy, thank you for your kind words. We are also very excited about the equine therapy program on our campus and look forward to the benefits it will have to help the children.

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Rating: 5

My husband and I began contributing to St. Joseph’s Indian school many years ago. Their wonderful work with the children, and families, not only educates but also lifts up the entire spirit of everyone.

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Cwengert, thank you for your continued support over the years. We appreciate all that you do for the children at St Joseph's Indian School.

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Rating: 5

I donate to St. Joseph's Indian School to support the amazing children there.
Each child deserves far more than I give each month. I am very excited to continue
to read about the Equine Therapy Program -how it progresses over time. I hope that
I will be able to increase my monthly donation in the coming years. God bless the students,
faculty and staff of St. Joseph's Indian School
Carole O'Leary
Rockport, MA

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Carole, thank you for your kind words and continued monthly support to the children at St Joseph's Indian School. We are so blessed to be able to have the Equine Therapy Program on our campus thanks to our generous donors such as you!

7 Deb M.2

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Rating: 5

I support st. Joseph's Indian School monthly just as my mother did before me. Our family owes a great debt to Chief Sitting Bull who was a friend of my great-grandfather's. They were unlikely friends at a chaotic time in the history of the Lakota. But they became close and Chief Sitting Bull held a naming ceremony for my grandmother when she was born. That was always a source of great pride for her. The chief warned my great-grandfather to take his family and leave The Dakotas because great trouble was coming. That was five generations ago. Perhaps my family survived because of the Friendship of this great man. So I am honored to help as I'm able in the good work of St. Joseph's Indian School.

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Deb, thank you for all that you do and continue to do in supporting the children at St Joseph's Indian School.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I donate to help the children of St Joseph's because the white man has screwed the indians over ever since they came to North America. They were made to change language and put on reservations that won't grow weeds let alone decent crops.
My wife was from South Dakota so our heart is there. She is gone now but I do enjoy seeing the kids dance and sing in their native gowns and headdress.
Even though I am from New York state and have tribes here I still think the Indian tribes out west are the most colorful.

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Thank you for your support to the children at St Joseph's Indian School. We appreciate all that you do.

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Rating: 5

We donate to St. Joseph's as much as we can throughout the year.
It's wonderful knowing that the many children have a place to go where they are nurtured..educated..
kept safe...and they learn about Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We always receive such wonderful thank you gifts from the school! My Dream Catcher hangs over our bed to trap those bad dreams.

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Thank you for your support to the children at St Joseph's Indian School. Its because of donors like you that the children are getting a good education.

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Rating: 5

I have supported St. Joseph's School for more years than I can remember. It is the only charity that I donate to. I have always been amazed at all of the things that the school does for the children, from providing basic needs to education including their culture. The recent
equine program has me greatly excited. There are too many great features of this school to write about in this review, I just hope that more people become aware of just how fantastic this school is and decide also to start donating to St. Joseph's Indian School.

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Thank you for your support to the children at St Joseph's Indian School. Its because of donors like you that we are able to have the Equine Therapy Program. This program and others are doing great things for the Lakota children.

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This is a great and loving School for all these Lakota children, we donate so they may live an abundant and loving childhood, and as a wildlife painter I paint the Great Lakota Chiefs from the late 1800's to honor and share the Lakota Story so Americans can start lending a hand and offering more support. Titled " Chief Red Hawk" in Brule SD in 1900, along the Missouri River, from Edward Curtis . book called " Sacred Legacy." Peace be yours. Jim and Marge

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Jim and Marge, thank you for your support to the Lakota children at St Joseph's Indian School.