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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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262 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

I donate to st Joseph’s every month if possible! I think of them as my children and I always get personal thank you’s and newsletter to let me know that what I am doing is so worth it! I will continue to take care of my kids as long as I am able! Love ❤️ and prayersTo all of them!

Donor

Rating: 5

It is way past time for Native Americans to be recognized and to feel of their importance to our nation and to their people. SJIS does a phenomenal job of helping the children (and their families) to delve into their culture and be proud of their history. Keep up the good work!

God bless.
Sue O

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stjo1927 01/20/2022

Thank you for your comment. Preserving and sharing the Native American culture and tradition is a core part of our mission at St. Joseph’s Indian School. Thank you for helping us provide our Lakota boys and girls with vital services for future growth and success!

Linda Lindegaard I.

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Rating: 5

I have continued my late husbands donations to St. Joseph's because the money is wisely spent on children who have largely been forgotten. I give monthly with an automatic donation. Their programs are phenomenal. Check them out on Facebook or YouTube, ypu will see for yourselves.

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stjo1927 01/20/2022

Thank you for your comment, Linda. The Lakota (Sioux) children are blessed by your friendship. Thank you for your continued support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to St. Joseph’s Indian School for about 30 years. It’s heartwarming to see the joy on the faces of these Indian children. I’ve also been fortunate to meet (quite by accident) graduates of the school and they have raved about their experience at St. Jo’s. It’s my favorite charity.

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stjo1927 01/20/2022

Thank you for your comment. We are truly blessed to care for our students! Your support is so appreciated.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been donating to St. Joseph’s for about 25 years and have always been impressed by their programs. I’ve even had the opportunity to meet (quite by accident) a couple of their graduates who had only good things to say about the school. I love reading their newsletters and seeing the beaming smiles of their students. It is my favorite charity! Marcia Young

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stjo1927 01/14/2019

Marcia, thank you for your support to St Joseph's Indian School. We are happy that you got to meet some of our alumni.

1 Lydia R.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am at 75 year old retired teacher and I heard about Saint Joseph’s through a friend. I started donating and it is a wonderful wonderful organization. A quite often receive beautiful things the kids have made, dream catchers, ornaments, they also send me the most beautiful cards throughout the year. I want so much to go up to South Dakota and visit them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the poverty, the despair, and the challenges that the Lakota civilization has had to deal with. It's wonderful to see how your school has stepped up to help the children - allowing them to practice their native culture - as well as giving them faith and hope for their future. I started supporting the school years ago and am looking forward to visiting the school sometime soon. Thanks for all you do for these kids!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I only rate this charity as a "2" vs "1" because I really can't find out how highly they are rated since I can't find them on two of the most respected charity raters; Charity Navigator or Charity Watch. However, like many others, I have been bombarded several times this year with wasteful packages of "stuff". I would very much like to support children in need, but I make it a point not to donate to any group that sends gifts, enticements etc.. What a waste of funds.

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stjo1927 01/12/2022

Thank you for your comment. St. Joseph’s is not required to file a form 990 by the IRS. Because of this, Charity Navigator will not rate our organization. St. Joseph’s Indian School is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). This accreditation process examines finances, governance, ethics, appropriateness of services and more. Through the Council on Accreditation’s extensive audit process, we receive evaluation by a panel of experts in social service fields. The evaluation, including site visits and interviews with St. Joseph’s staff and families served, assesses more than just finances. In addition, St. Joseph’ is an accredited educational facility by the State of South Dakota. Currently, direct mail is our primary source of funding. 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 are happy to change mail preferences for you. Please call us at 1-800-341-2235 M-F 8am to 5pm CT.

4 Vita M.

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Rating: 4

I appreciate and believe in the work St. Joseph's does with Native American youth. I agree with others who say please do not send so many mailers and I do not need all the gifts; dream weavers, cards, blankets, etc. You are sending far too many requests and most just go into the trash. I do donate the gifts to our local non-profit so hopefully someone makes use of them, but please stop the frequent mailers.

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stjo1927 01/06/2022

Thank you for your comment, Vita. Currently, direct mail is our primary source of funding. 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 are happy to change your mail preferences and welcome you to call us at 1-800-341-2235 M-F 8am to 5pm. Thank you for your loving support!

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Rating: 3

I donate regularly to St. Joseph Indian School even though I'm caucasian. I would like them to send more appropriate thank you gifts---stop sending dream catchers made in China!! I have no use for 30 or more of them--- so I throw them away as I think most people do. It's a waste of money all around from assembly, to postage, to landfills. I want my money to help a child, not buy dream catchers to be thrown away!!! Christmas gift bags are better than cards as many of us stopped sending cards due to the postage. I have a huge stack of cards that I'm not going to use. Christmas cards and Dream Catchers are a waste of money to send to us as we don't use them. Send us gifts that we can use!! How about a dish towel or a pillow case, or paper napkins be sent out instead of holiday cards, or useless dream catchers by the dozens! I will continue to donate to the school but please consider a different type of thank you gift to donors like me. I've read this same complaint from others so PLEASE listen and respect what we tell you. Marilyn from Minnesota

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stjo1927 12/30/2021

Thank you for your comment, Marilyn. We are truly blessed by your support! Currently, direct mail is our primary source of funding. 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. We will be happy to change your preferences. Our contact number is 1-800-341-2235 and we are available M-F 8am to 5pm CT.

6 Dotti H.

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Rating: 5

I give to this organization as the Native Americans on Reservations are some of the poorest people. Many don't have electricity nor running water. Education is needed to help change lives.

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stjo1927 12/21/2021

Thank you for your comment. We are truly grateful for your loving support, Dotti!

3 Sheri Kennedy H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe this is a wonderful thing you are doing for these children. I love to help when i can. Merry Christmas

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stjo1927 12/14/2021

Thank you for your kind comment. Your support is truly appreciated!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's a beautiful thing they do, to take care of children who have no one else. I donate to them often and enjoy seeing updates that show the children thriving. Keep up the good work!

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stjo1927 12/01/2021

Thank you for your comment. Your support is so appreciative!

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Donor

Rating: 3

I have read the many reviews Ire st josephs indian school. i am intrigued by old tex revilew which seems very reasonable. One of the things i find most concerning is (im assuming they are being paid) the size of their board of directors. Secondly i looked at the the financial report.The some of the items liste on the expenditures are pretty neblulus: Especially in the area of support services
Public about its expectations for nonprofit administration. Respondents suggested a ratio of 23 cents per dollar was practical. This amount is 13.9 cents less than the actual average expenditure.Twenty-seven percent of survey respondents said 10 to 19 percent was reasonable for administrative expenditures. St judes financial show 18 cents so it looks like st josephs school admin ependitures seem slightly excessive. I think this report is rather glossy.

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stjo1927 12/02/2021

Thank you for your comment. After reading your review, we’re puzzled as to where you are getting your information from, as it does not match our records. Of each dollar raised, 73 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 27 cents is used for support services, fundraising and development of future donors. Our Board of Directors are unpaid. If you would like to view our Financial Report in full, please visit www.stjo.org/report.

5 Wendy Roosevelt- D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I give what I can, when I can, to this worthy organization. I do this to honor the lives of all native people. I donated today especially, in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, because my life as an American comes at the high cost of many lives lost among these People.

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stjo1927 11/19/2021

Thank you for your comment. We appreciate your loving support Wendy!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I visited the St. Joseph's campus in 2012 and have interacted by phone with St. Joseph's staff regularly since then. We contribute about every other month during the year and look forward to the newsletters containing stories of the great success of the St. Joseph's students. Student success is our measure of how effectively our donations are being put to use. We are pleased with our return on investment in St. Joseph's.

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stjo1927 11/09/2021

Thank you for your comment. It is always great to hear when our donors are able to visit us. Thank you for your continued love to our mission!

3 Brenda S.10

Donor

Rating: 5

I am new at this but not to the love I have in my heart for all these children. Thank you so much for my packages. Thank you too children. I love you all. God Bless.

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stjo1927 11/04/2021

Thank you for your comment. Welcome to our Thiyóšpaye- extended family Brenda! We thank you for your kind words.

jaccimay

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Rating: 5

I saw a neighbor lady getting Dream Catchers and things from the school,,..then tossing the donations sheet in the trash, :( I grabbed one when she was not looking & donated, I got a Wonderful Package with gifts I still Love and hang in my home! I myself make Dream Catchers and understand the work & time! I will continue to donate, not for the gifts but for the wonderfu children & people here! TY jaccimay

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stjo1927 10/25/2021

Thank you for your comment. We welcome you to our Thiyóšpaye -extended family! Please contact us anytime with questions or needs @ 1-800-341-2235 M-F 8am to 5pm CT.

4 Debora B.1

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Rating: 5

I'm a relatively new donor that is set up to provide monthly donations to the school. It's a perfect match.. Children are receiving what they need throughout the school year in a safe environment, and knowing I'm able to give back some love that this country took with great aggression and bloodshed helps my heart. Not my ancestors, but nonetheless….No one deserves what carnage we inflicted on North America's Native Americans. Bless each child.
My new mission is WHY HAS THIS COUNTRY NOT INVESTIGATED THE GREATEST CHRIME OF THIS CENTURY. OVER 6,000 FEMALES HAVE DISAPPEARED AND NO NEWS COVERAGE. WE LOOK FOR A BLOOD HAIRED 21 YR OLD WITH FULL NEWS COVERAGE BUT IM ROUNDING UP YO 6,000 FEMALES SINCE THE AUTHORITIES DONT HAVE A FIGURE TO PROVIDE SINCE 2016 OF 5,600 MISSING GIRLS. WITH MURDERS AND SEX TRAFFICKING ALARMS SHOULDNT BE RINGING BUT BLOWING UP. WHY I LOVE THESE LITTLE ONES ACCOUNTED FOR ..SAVE IN A COSY BED ? BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT WE EACH DESERVE. NOT RIPPED AWAY FROM OUR HOMES AND NO ONE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE FBI IS LOOKING FOR US .

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stjo1927 10/19/2021

Thank you for your comment. Wóphila Tȟáŋka -many thanks for your support to our mission and continued kindness.

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Donor

Rating: 5

How could anyone look at these kids and not fall in love with them! I just started as a monthly donor because I am so moved by the curriculum blend of Christian faith with Native American heritage. Great leadership and programs need to be supported!

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stjo1927 10/19/2021

Thank you for your comment. By supporting St. Joseph’s Indian School, you are helping Native American students in need regain pride in their Lakota (Sioux) heritage by learning the Lakota language, studying Native American culture and learning ways they can grow and prosper. We are truly bless by your support.

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Rating: 5

My brother, a Viet Nam vet, stood with hundreds of vets and the Lakota Sioux to help protect sacred land and prevent an oil pipeline from impinging on that land. I took an interest in doing what I could to help. I'm so pleased to say this is a cause that is worthwhile, and does a lot of good for vulnerable children

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stjo1927 10/13/2021

Thank you for your comment. We are grateful for your kind words and loving support!

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Rating: 5

The children always send me beautiful cards and gifts. And I am called to thank me for my giving. This really touched me to give even more. A great charity to give to. They do a wonderful work for the children.

5 roberteugeneperry

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Rating: 5

Wonderful program, they keep you involved in all the going on at the school. Wish they did not send so much stuff, less would be better. Hearts are all in the right place. A'ho

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stjo1927 09/30/2021

Thank you for your comment! We are thankful for your kind words and loving support. Please know that we are happy to change your mail preferences anytime. You are welcome to contact us at 1-800-341-2235 M-F 8am to 5pm CT.

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Rating: 5

Es una bendición dar un granito que hace la diferencia para estos niños .

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stjo1927 09/30/2021

Gracias por su comentario. Estamos realmente agradecidos de poder ayudar a nuestros niños y niñas Lakota.

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Rating: 5

Our Family thru the generations have been supporters of SJIS, so it was quite a thrill, honor and so fortunate for us that Wanda was able to give us a guided tour of the campus. We were so impressed by everything. So many gears to this machine that seem to be well oiled. Quite Impressive INDEED.

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stjo1927 09/21/2021

Thank you for your comment. We are happy to hear you were able to visit campus! We are truly grateful for your loving support and kindness! You are welcome to visit us anytime.

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Rating: 5

My husband sent money several times a year to St. Jo’s. After he died, I continued to send what I could. Then his Union Pension came to me all at once. Two years worth. So I used the money in 2019 to attend the POW Wow.
What an experience! Though my own heritage is Choctaw I realized while watching the girls competition, that I knew the dances.
Between the competitions, anyone can get out there and dance while the judges add up the scores. I was dancing on the sidelines when a woman came to me and invited me to join them. She was dressed in native costume and I had on jeans and a pretty shirt. She said she had been watching my feet. When I was a child, my daddy’s Aunt Susie had taught me two dances. But the time I got to South Dakota I was 81 years old. I had not danced since I was 8 years old. I said, “I have no shawl.”A woman handed me one and I wrapped it as if it were yesterday. I felt transformed. I stepped out with her and the other woman and danced. I never missed a step. When we finished my tears and smile got me hugs from both women.
The children all looked so healthy and happy. When we attended the class in the gymnasium and I listened to the high schoolers talk, I realized what I would do with the leftover money from the trip when I got home.
I am so glad I went. The picture in blue is this years birthday. The picture with my son and granddaughter was a month before my 83rd birthday. The dream catchers were sent to my husband by you. Me giving COVID VACCINATIONS. I have given over 5,000 inoculations. I got my third one August 27, three days before my 83rd birthday. Margaret LuWertha Hiett Williams 9/18/21

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stjo1927 09/21/2021

Thank you for your comment. We are blessed to hear your special connection to our Mission. Thank you for sharing such kind words and love. Your support truly makes a difference!

2 susansmiles23

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Rating: 5

I am blessed to have donated to this loving organization multiple times and will continue to do so. It warms my heart to know that the donations I have made, however often, help to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than me. I applaud those who work so closely within St. Joseph's Indian School for their commitment to all the children. These children are truly beautiful inside and out and deserve to have a life filled with peace, love, comfort and happiness. God bless you all in the name of our beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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stjo1927 09/21/2021

Thank you for your comment. It is thanks to our loving supporters like you, that we can truly make a difference. We are blessed to provide for our Lakota boys and girls each year. Many thanks to you for your loving support!

19 Clarise L.

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Rating: 1

Please stop sending the gifts. It seems like such a waste of money. I would rather know that it is going to the children. If you send a simple postcard and move on--that would make me feel better about donating. This is expensive and I don't want the money I donate to be used to pay for all these mailers. I love the whole concept of what you are doing but stop with the over soliciting. Thank you.

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Rating: 5

I am more or less involved with St. Joseph Indian school because I love children. They are makers of our future what kind of world we would live in.

I am not able to reply or write to each student but I love them all hope they succeed in life to make this world a better place to live in.

My mailing address has changed recently.

The new address is:
4348 Caliente St. Las Vegas NV 89119.
Please make a note of that.

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stjo1927 08/19/2021

Thank you for your comment! We are truly grateful for your support to our Mission! We will certainly assist you with your changes as requested. We ask that you please contact us at 1-800-341-2235 M-F 8am to 5pm CT.

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Rating: 5

I remember when I was a little girl my grandmother was sent small beaded dolls, and baskets, and sometimes little moccasins. I used to love looking at them, and she told me that sometimes she sent money “to help the children” with their school. I’ve contributed to St. Joseph’s for several decades. It makes me happy to think I’m carrying on in my grandmother’s place.

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stjo1927 08/12/2021

Thank you for your comment Melby. We are honored that you have continued such loving support in loving memory of your grandmother!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group is honest and laudable in its efforts to help Native American children. These kids deserve whatever can be done for them.

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stjo1927 07/12/2021

Thank you for your kind words. We are truly grateful for the opportunity we have to serve the Lakota Sioux boys and girls here at St. Joseph's Indian School!

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Rating: 1

Please do not donate to this school. If you want to help Indigenous people then donate directly to them or organizations run by indigenous people. This school is religious run by Catholics. If they were to teach and help Indigenous boys and girls why would religious people who don't follow the same beliefs run it?
This is a residential school. If you look up the history of them you'll understand why you shouldn't support them. They send out dreamcatchers that are made in China. Also the name used in the schools name should be a red flag. 'Indian' should not be how they address indigenous people.
They send way too much guilt-tripping solicitations in the mail and aren't real. The stories they send of the children have been confirmed by others who have been there that there are no children by those names there. That is probably where most of the money goes to, sending out marketing to gain more profits. Do not fund this 'white savior' residential school organization that's more than likely slowly conforming these young indigenous children to their beliefs system.
Oh and there have been court cases of past preists sexually abusing some of these children so keep that in mind as well. You have no idea what goes on behind closed doors.
Do not fall for it like I did and do your research before donating to any organization, especially ones sent via mail.

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Rating: 5

By and for the Glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ we are able to contribute to the St. Joseph’s Indian School. Thank you all the beautiful work you do for the Great Lakota People. May they prosper all their lives. God Bless all y’all ✝️✝️

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stjo1927 07/07/2021

Thank you for your kind comment! Many blessings to you. We are truly grateful to receive such warm support.

4 Happy C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I see all these non profit junk mail in my fathers house (he’s 78) and he constantly has to change bank cards bc of fraud and scams claiming to be helping children.
My heart is full seeing St. Joseph’s is NOT one of those abhorred places.
God will bless all those who help children and more prayers for the kiddos growing up in crazy, uncertain times like these.
Thank you for all you do. ❤️

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stjo1927 06/30/2021

Thank you for your comment. We appreciate the love and kindness you have shared!

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Rating: 4

I have read so many reviews of people complaining about the gifts they received, I personally appreciate every dreamcatcher every card they send me. I do agree with too much mailing because not just them but so many people send me junk mail and every time I have to throw it out I think about the trees that had to be cut down in order to make paper. I've been a donor for many years I did have to stop for a while because I have gone paralyzed. I am glad I read so many reviews because now I need to do further research on exactly where the money is going and if they're truly has been abused to the children there if I find out that is correct I will be living and they will no longer receive one dime from me. I certainly hope they have never abused any of the children or make them write letters asking for donations. They are there to help the children and I surely hope that is what they are doing however I will do a lot of research before I send any more money to them. I have tried unsuccessfully to find out what the CEO earns each year because I have been checking with other places I contribute to and some of the CEOs make as much as $3 million a year. I will not support anyone who pays the CEO that's much money if they can afford to pay them that much then they do not need my help so please someone at St Joseph please let me know what the salary is of your CEO and other people in high positions

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stjo1927 06/18/2021

Thank you for your comment. Your support is greatly appreciated! Part of St. Joseph's mission is to help preserve and promote the Lakota (Sioux) culture. By sharing the dreamcatcher and other cultural items, we hope people will be encouraged to learn more. Since 1927 St. Joseph's is dedicated to providing a safe school and environment for our students Inappropriate behavior is unequivocally not tolerated. A zero-tolerance policy is strictly enforced throughout our programs. We would love to discus all of your questions and concerns with you. Please contact us @ 800-341-2235 M-F 8am to 5pm CT. Thank you for your loving support to our mission!

4 Pat M.4

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Rating: 5

My father who served in WWII taught me to always to be caring and kind. I have been making donation to this school for a number of years. The death of my husband May 16 brought the reality that we all must face some day some sooner than others. I have included this school and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Re-member in my will. What the white man did to the Indians over the years and today is almost unforgivable but maybe the proceeds from my death will help with the suffering that the Indians are having to endure because of the while man's greed even today.

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stjo1927 06/16/2021

Thank you for your comment. We are so thankful for your loving support . Please know that we are truly sorry for the loss of your husband. Thoughts and prayers to you from all of us at St. Joseph's Indian School.

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Rating: 5

A great non profit to give to.I have ben giving to them for years.saw a special on pbs that really sold me on this school.keep up the great work you do at st Joseph’s.

Dave

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stjo1927 06/14/2021

Thank you for your comment Dave. We appreciate your kindness and loving support!

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Rating: 2

As others have said, I am appalled by the volume of guilt-inducing junk that is included in their solicitations. As someone who has a small publishing business, I find it highly unlikely that these were produced in the USA, much less by Native workers. Mail-order fundraising has always been among the least efficient, and these solicitations are over the top.

As someone married to a Native American, I have very mixed feelings about these religious institutions opening schools to teach Native American children. In one respect, they may provide a useful education - but in another, there is no doubt that a primary purpose is to convert them to their particular faith. This further destroys the Native culture. They have long succeeded in destroying the native languages, it was common in earlier years for these schools.

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stjo1927 06/01/2021

Currently, direct mail is our primary source of funding. 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. 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. Preserving and sharing the Native American culture and tradition is a core part of our mission at St. Joseph’s Indian School. Appreciation of the children’s cultural heritage is infused in our daily routine both at school and in the homes. St. Joseph’s Native American Studies classes focus on Lakota language, culture and traditions. We encourage you to call us at 800-341-2235 M-F 8am to 5 pm to learn more about our mission!

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Rating: 3

Hi I received a bunch of gift in the mail today, I wanted to donate to the Native American education. But before I send any donation, I want to confirm this is a legitimate organization. I am a retired marketing executive. I understand why organizations use small gifts to get ppl to respond to a cause. After reading lots of comments.. I find the negative comments are mostly from ppl who do not like the constant gift mailing from the SJIS marketing machine.. which is most likely run by a marketing firm contracted to help with the fund raising.. And the response to ppl's negative comments about the gift mailing is always, "if you don't like the method of communication, please let us know and we will use the way that suits you". It appears to me this is not even the SJIS talking, this is a marketing company administrator talking.. I doubt SJIS committee are even aware of the issue that people are complaining about the waste of money in gift mailing. the Charity organization might not have all the man power to do it themself.. it is usually cheaper to hire a marketing firm to do the promotion. and easily cut or increase based on the funding availability. the SJIS might not even supervise what the marketing company is doing (a lot company would reject to let ppl look over the shoulder) the marketing company might just show the result of donation/marketing expense ratio to those hired them. that said.. I would hope those who feel negative about the waste on the gift, shipping and the handling cost (myself included) should communicate with the school board directly about this concern. sometimes the employer of the marketing firm tries to be respectful and let the contracted marketing firm do what they do the best, and just review the result (which is the amount of donation). Instead of punishing the children who need the donation to get better education, I personally will contact school board about the mailing concern. we want to get result, not by cutting off the donation that is necessary to support the native american children. But by inform the school board about our concern. so the board can review the marketing arm or the contracting firm's practice, and put more supervision on their fundraising committee. PS I am using 3 stars as a neutral position and to get the attention from whoever is supervising this social rating system... who knows it is the SJIS staff or the Marketing firm who is hired to do this work??!!!!

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stjo1927 05/26/2021

Thank you for your comment. Since 1927 oOur 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 welcome you to contact us at 1-800-341-2235 M-F 8am to 5pm central time. We would be happy to answer your questions and share with you about our mission.

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Rating: 4

I have worked for a non-profit for over 25 years, and I can tell you that while the ratio for donation/direct support is a little high, it isn't very bad. There are some pretty major non-profits lately in the national eye that use less than 50% of donations for the purpose intended by the donor. St. Joseph's does a very good job and I understand the need to provide incentives for fundraising, especially as that is their only source of income. They are accredited by a reputable agency and I know the kind of scrutiny given during an audit of that kind. If they weren't using funds responsibly, if the children weren't well cared for physically, educationally, emotionally, the school would NOT be there. I have given what I can through the years and although it is a small amount I do feel good about where it is going and how it is used. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because have conflicting thoughts about white religious indoctrination being given to indigenous children. I am glad that their culture is recognized and value placed upon it....I just wish it was the main spiritual focus. Otherwise this organization gets high marks for doing good and providing for these children and their families.

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stjo1927 05/07/2021

Thank you so much for your comment. We are truly thankful for your support.! Though St. Joseph’s Indian School is affiliated with the Catholic Church through the Priests of the Sacred Heart, we welcome children of all faiths, recognizing the dignity of each human person created in God’s image. Students are not required to be Catholic, and we respect each child’s individual family beliefs.

1 Ralph V.1

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Rating: 5

Considering the hundreds upon hundreds of individuals, groups, and organizations that seek financial help from donors such as myself, I can say without a doubt that giving to St. Joseph's Indian School is a sharing of God's ministry, and as such, means so dearly to me over the years. From a personal perspective, support for Native American children has for too long been often overlooked. So upon seeing an opportunity to contribute to an extremely worthwhile cause, I definitely wanted to support such a mission.

St. Joseph's Indian School and its reaching out for financial assistance is excellent because as a contributor, I can see directly how these donations will be used, especially how they will be used in caring for the children's personal needs, their education, the maintenance of the necessary facilities, and of greatest importance - the love and spiritual care each receives in a world so in need of such love. What is so ironic is that no matter how much or how little one gives to St. Joseph's, what one receives back from the children is worth so much more in love and thankfulness than one could ever give monetarily. The looks on their faces expresses so well the love and appreciation they have for all who help support them.

Add to this the wide assortment of gifts revealing Native American historical culture, cards for different occasions, a number of useful every-day items, and of course photos, background letters, and videos of the kids themselves and the activities in which they are involved. May I personally offer my heart-felt kudos and praise to Fr. J. Anthony Kluckman, the teachers and staff, and all others who in some way assist in making St. Joseph's Indian School such a blessing for so many. May God's countless blessings continue to be with you in lovingly reaching out to our Native American children and youth.
Ralph Varner
Selinsgrove, PA

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stjo1927 05/04/2021

Thank you for your kind comment Ralph! Our mission couldn’t be fulfilled without caring friends like YOU! Wopila tanka-many thanks!

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Rating: 5

I just want to thank you for the recuring birthday and holiday card you send me through the mail, and i truly hope my constant donation to the st josephs indian scool help bless you alliow these childer to grow even during some of these hard times we all go through.
Love you guys and thanks

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stjo1927 04/26/2021

Thank you for your comment! Your caring support of our Lakota (Sioux) children means so much and makes such a difference. We are happy to hear that you enjoy hearing from us here at St. Joseph's Indian School!

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Rating: 5

I am a member of the Western Cherokee nation. As of this time, we don't have a program like the St. Joseph's Indian School. Being 78 years old, I can't do a great deal to help these fine young people but, with what I can I am honored.
Larry Sisco

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stjo1927 04/13/2021

Thank you for your comment Larry! We are truly grateful for you kindness and support.

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Rating: 5

I deeply appreciate the enthusiasm of the girls and boys, the teens, and the young adults. The open hopeful expectation on their faces is a wonderful expression of the success of the mission of St. Joseph's Indian School and I am honored to be a small part of helping to allow this to happen. As an older retired gentleman on Social Security and a small pension, I am limited in the amount I can offer but I am a firm believer in the adage that every little bit helps.
The beauty of the Indian culture being passed on is a tribute not only to the school but also and especially to the parents who I equally respect and offer thanksgiving each morning in m,y time of prayer and meditation. I value the music of the Native American Flute and various drums the different tribes use in celebrating life, faith, hope, and love.
I wish you all the power of your dedication to redound on all of your hearts and souls.

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stjo1927 04/13/2021

Thank you for your comment. We are honored to have such loving supporters like yourself to call our tiospaye-extended family. Thank you for your continued support to our mission here at St. Joseph's Indian School.

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Rating: 5

I was born and raised in Lithuania, I always felt a deep respect for the local people of America. As a child, I have read many books about Indians. I have lived in the states for 18 years, I want to contribute to keep the Lakota culture alive. The future is in the hands of young children who are proud of their heritage and we need to help. I am very pleased that this is a Christian school. With God’s help, anything is possible. God bless you, who loves you very much! - Egidijus & Jūratė Siniauskas, Lithuania LT.

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stjo1927 04/13/2021

Thank you for your comment Egidijus & Jūratė. Preserving and sharing the Native American culture and tradition is a core part of our mission at St. Joseph’s Indian School. Thank you for your support!

3 Art B.

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Rating: 5

I've been donateing for a # of years to this school ! They try their best to help the kids on the res. get a educateion ! I wish the congress would do the right thing and treat them as they treat all others !!

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stjo1927 04/13/2021

Thank you for your comment! Thanks to your loving support we are able to care for over 200 Lakota boys and girls each year! Your support is appreciated beyond measure.

6 Chetan Witko

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Rating: 5

Wičaša wižiča wauŋ šni, but I give when I'm able as I sincerely believe the youth are the future of our nation.
May Yahweh hold each of you in His hands as you move forward in life and may the generocity you've been shown always be remembered and passed along to others. I pray this for each of you, Mitakuye Oyas'in.
J. CrazyHawk miye yelo.

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stjo1927 04/13/2021

Thank you for your comment. We are truly grateful for your kind words and loving support!

3 Diane P.7

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Rating: 5

The children always send such nice cards and writing pens to me. The school always keeps me up to date about what kinds of activities they are doing. They never fail to amaze me!

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stjo1927 04/13/2021

Thank you for your comment. Your love and support truly make a difference in the lives of our Lakota students Diane!

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Rating: 5

My aunt contributed to this organization for many years. After her death 3 years ago, I have continued to honor her memory with donations to St. Joseph's Indian School. I love the greeting cards they send with scripture verses. It gives me pleasure to know that not only are the physical needs of children are being met, but also their Christian spiritual needs. What joy it gave me when I saw the pictures of children with the ashes of Ash Wednesday on their foreheads.

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stjo1927 04/08/2021

Thank you for sharing your special connection to St. Joseph's Indian School. We are truly honored that you have continued to support our school in loving memory of your aunt. Your love and support is appreciated!

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Rating: 5

I have donated to St. Joseph’s for so many years. I can’t remember.. one of my daughters did an internship at one of the reservations out west and told me how in need they were, beside St, Joseph being my patron Saint. Our first Americans were not treated very well and that bothers me to this day..
I respect and admire these courageous people and their. Beliefs about Mother Earth and the God of our being..
Thank you just isn’t enough , wish I could do more ..Blessings from this 80 year old woman of God...

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stjo1927 04/05/2021

Thank you for your comment! We are truly thankful for your continued love and support.

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I had the unpleasant misfortune of working for these people directly, and Ill tell you now, the rumors you hear are true. The STJO staff HATE the coverage they got on CNN, and as a direct result they've formulated another operation aimed at a younger donor base called "Native Hope." With this new marketing tactic, the catholic church is straddling the bipartisan line to try and pick the pockets of unwitting donors online, sparing them the paper trail, but not the lies. I was hired as a contractor because these people had an issue with me as a person, but not my abilities as a graphic designer, photographer, animator, and printer. Within my first week I watched a recent graduate and resident of STJO fall to drug use and subsequently removed from the project. She was cracking under the pressure of having her life story and image mined as content for their endeavors. I quit the project in the first summer I was with them due to mistreatment. They made me another offer and I decided to join them for a second time, provided the abuse stopped. It didn't, and over the next two years I unwittingly gave to them, I would see this perpetually levied onto many indigenous South Dakotans affiliated in some way or directly employed by STJO . I say unwitting because they diligently concealed the fact that they were associated until the last month of my contract when the company on my paycheck changed. I didn't initially notice because it was handed to me unceremoniously outside the building at the end of day, they informed me the day after I had already deposited and paid my accountant, that the "name had changed" meaning that the company had switched hands. This negated my ability to negotiate or even decide if I wanted to work with STJO. I had also just sublet an office loft from them in New Mexico and sold all my possessions so I could afford to move there. I thought maybe I was finally being awarded a full-time position at a proper wage with benefits, so I quelled my inner protest. Without the advantage of a 30 day notice that was promised in my contract with NH, I was let go 850 miles away in a city that was unfamiliar to me, with no friends or family. I didn't even have a working resume, and to top it all off, I was stuck with an unaffordable rent bill. To add insult to injury, these people had a key I left with another contractor and his wife (both working for NH/STJO) in case I was locked out of said loft. They used it to enter the loft without my knowledge or permission early in my new ordeal, I was mocked, and told it was my fault for leaving a key with them. The one time I actually needed to be let in with a secondary key, I ended up sleeping in my truck. I was also told I should seek employment at the nearby Target after I told them they made a better offer to the public on a street sign than I was getting with them. The only response I got was a letter seeking to reclaim the deposit on the loft they sublet to me to make the transition smoother. The married couple along with about four other indigenous New Mexicans would eventually go on to be fired mere weeks before CORONA, as STJO/NH was operating there unlawfully. This all happened to coincide with the wrapping of a commissioned film for NH. There was anger and resentment expressed by the media team, so I can only surmise their contracts were terminated prematurely, but not before their film was done. Other NH/STJO staff elsewhere in the country would be fired before the virus, including another girl who had just moved to Detroit. They claim to care about missing and murdered indigenous women, yet they took away her income after she relocated to THE MOST dangerous city in America, February of 2020. Other members of her tribe were fired and left to uncertainty on the reservation just north of the STJO campus they championed for, while a non-native staffer secured a promotion. I struggled to navigate New Mexico, and turned to an associate who had also worked closely with senior STJO staff and was terminated. I had to cut ties with him after I had learned he was still in contact with the demoted former director of NH. I did the bootstraps thing and formed a resume, scored expert in Design on indeed.com's entrance battery, secured my HIPPA certification and got a job at a Medical Marijuana dispensary in the city. I was fired one week into a position I had executed masterfully. Again the former Director of NH had mettled in my affairs. This happened in January of 2020. I've since had to relocate home after losing absolutely everything, including my passion for design, and the ailing business I was instructed to open so I could have a paying relationship with NH. My mental health declined, I felt completely debased as a person, I contemplated suicide as a way to take back ownership of myself. Im simply confused as to what kind of ethics a nonprofit is supposed to follow, and frankly I don't have the energy to care anymore. The people in this country are ruthlessly greedy, everything feels like a free-for-all, and I'll never trust or help another person again. People can control their image online or over the phone, people lie, people hurt and manipulate other people for money. STJO makes a lot of money.

3 Dan H.10

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Rating: 5

I use to travel the area of the reservation. It is a disgrace to America what we have done to the American Indians. They are very worthy of any assistance you can afford to give them

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stjo1927 03/17/2021

Thank you for your comment Dan. We are truly grateful to be able to provide our Lakota boys and girls with hope and resources for a better future! This is thanks to loving supporters like yourself!

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Rating: 1

As others have said, I am angered by the freqeunt over-stuffed mailings. Sending a letter to be taken off their mailing list did not seem to work, so today I called them directly. It was interesting that the choices offered in the automated phone reception were all about levels of giving, and when I talked to the live receptionist, her first question was, "Are you calling to make a donation?"

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stjo1927 03/17/2021

Thank you for your comment. St. Joseph’s Indian School is 98% donor funded. 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. 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. We are happy to hear that you were able to connect with our office to make the changes you requested. Our automated selections offer choices for donations as well as communication changes. We do apologize if our Mission Care Advocate’s greeting offended you in any way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would not give to this charity. This Charity does not register with Charity Navigator or Charity Watch. For the size of the balance sheet and the revenue and expenses, there is no transparency or no independent audit. This is normally a sign that something may be amiss if they don't follow good transparency standards. Many times this is for salary and compensation issues. Revenue of 100 million for 200 students is very rich regardless of the situation. I doubt this review will be posted. Lets see if they are willing to do it and what their response is.

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stjo1927 03/17/2021

Thank you for your comment. St. Joseph’s is not required to file a form 990 by the IRS. Because of this, Charity Navigator will not rate our organization. St. Joseph’s Indian School is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). This accreditation process examines finances, governance, ethics, appropriateness of services and more. Through the Council on Accreditation’s extensive audit process, we receive evaluation by a panel of experts in social service fields. The evaluation, including site visits and interviews with St. Joseph’s staff and families served, assesses more than just finances. In addition, St. Joseph’ is an accredited educational facility by the State of South Dakota.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I made one memorial contribution and they have harassed me for years. They keep sending me their junk in the mail despite repeated attempts to get off the mailing list. They should devote resources to the children and stop creating more trash, which is certainly not a native American value.

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stjo1927 03/17/2021

Thank you for your comment. We are truly grateful for your memorial donation. 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. 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. If you would like for us to remove you from our mailing list, we will gladly honor your request. Please contact us at 1-800-341-2235 M-F 8am to 5pm CT.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I feel unsure how to assign a rating to this charity, since I think there's much to appreciate about the work they're doing. I've examined their website and read other reviews by contributors, and I feel pretty confident that SJIS is doing valuable work with Native American young people. But I don't approve of their fundraising approach. As others have noted, SJIS sends out a fundraising packet that is overloaded with items that seem to me excessive and inconsistent with respect for nature and for values that go beyond materialism. I've received such a packet not just once but multiple times and finally requested to be removed from their mailing list. I don''t have the means to contribute to many worthy charities I'd like to support. But I also object to this kind of overstuffed mailing with items that are not of use or will end up in the trash before long. I gather that the school operation is successful with their fundraising efforts and must think this kind of appeal works well for them. I suspect at least some people feel obligated to contribute after receiving all these goodies, which include a "reusable" but not washable or recyclable grocery/carrying bag. So maybe that's the school's strategy beyond just making a case for the good work. As someone else noted, their revenue and expense seem out of proportion to the schooling of 200 Native American young people. I know there's need for a lot of staff, infrastructure and materials for such an effort, but I still find the operation somewhat out of proportion to the number served. If I was closer, I would arrange to go there to see the operation and speak to staff in person. I suspect they're very sincere and committed to this work, and that their work has many positive benefits. So I have mixed feelings. As for the fundraising packet they send out, I've seen responses from a SJIS representative that basically talk around this issue without really justifying it and with the same generic promotion for the school's good work. I think they could be equally successful and appear more respectful of nature and tribal values if they stopped this kind of over-the-top mailing. And to be honest, I don't think their response to others giving this kind of feedback is very direct or understanding of the issues we raise. So I hope they'll change their fundraising strategy.

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stjo1927 03/11/2021

Thank you for your comment! Currently direct mail is our primary source of funding. 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. We are always happy to make changes based on mail preferences. Please feel free to contact our office at 1-800-341-2235 M-F 8am to 5pm CT.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have donated to St. Joseph's Indian School for many years. I enjoy receiving letters, notes and although not necessary, small gifts like dream chatchers, pens and cards.
I love the birthday card and note they just sent to me with picture of some of the children.
I feel this is a very good and appreciative cause.
Maybe I can visit one day.
Take Care
Karen Caffrey

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stjo1927 03/03/2021

Thank you for your comment Karen! We are truly grateful for your kindness and continued generosity! We hope to see you someday for a visit.

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Rating: 1

I agree completely with the many reviewers I see who acknowledge all the grievous wrongs that the Native community has endured through centuries of colonization. I have given to the school many times, as I have to other charities purporting to advance Native interests. But I'm done with St. Joseph's School. The volume of mailings and the amount of waste is absolutely appalling! If there is any truth at all to my understanding of the value that indigenous cultures place on relationship to the earth and the natural world, then this flood of unsolicited dream-catchers, pens, notepads and address labels, all of which find their way into the landfills, is an abomination. If you are looking to support Native culture and resilience, there are surely many places that will make better use of your donor dollars.

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stjo1927 02/03/2021

Thank you for sharing your comment! Our school is located in a rural area in Chamberlain, South Dakota. We don’t receive regular, ongoing federal support; we don’t have huge corporations sending us checks with several zeros at the end. Instead, we rely on caring individuals from across the country to support our work through tax-deductible donations, one gift at a time. We truly appreciate your support to our Mission here at St. Joseph's Indian School. Please know that we can make changes to accommodate your mail preferences. if you would like to contact us we are happy to assist @ 1-800-341-2235 Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm CT. Philámayaye — thank you !

4 Carol R.5

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Rating: 5

I have been supporting St. Joseph's Indian School for quite some time now, though I am not able to support financially nearly as much as I wish I could. It breaks my heart to read the comments that are critical of the financial management of St. Joseph's. I don't believe, for a minute, that food is taken out of the children's mouths or clothing off their bodies, just so they can send the gift packages to potential donors. I must clarify a misconception that Friends of St. Joseph's Indian School gets all the donations and gives the school a pittance of what was donated. As directed, my checks are written to St. Joseph's Indian School not Friends of.....(this was from a comment made by a critical person). And naysayers need to research the Not for Profit 501 (c) 3. This is the legal standing that St. Joseph's operates under and they have to what I call "jump through lots of hoops" under the 501 (c) 3. I don't know how they do it all. I just know what they are doing is amazing!!! Keep up the good work!!! Everyone involved, from the youngest child to Chairman of the Board of Directors and everyone in between and the school's buildings themselves are in my morning and evening prayers every day!!!

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stjo1927 01/18/2021

Thank you for sharing such kind words about our school! We are truly blessed to be able to help our Lakota boys and girls and that is because of our supporters like you!

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stjo1927 01/19/2021

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

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Rating: 5

Although born and raised in Spain I always felt a deep respect for Native American people. Now, living in the States, I want to contribute so that the Lakota Sioux culture is kept alive. The future is in the hands of the young kids who feel proud of their heritage. That, together with an education, is the way to go. I found St. Joseph's Indian School to be the perfect place to accomplish that. Marisa de la Vega-Fitzgerald, Tucson, AZ.

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stjo1927 01/18/2021

Preserving and sharing the Native American culture and tradition is a core part of our mission at St. Joseph’s Indian School. Thank you for being part of our mission!

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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

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stjo1927 01/18/2021

Thank you for your kind comment. We are truly grateful for your continued love and support! Tennessee may be miles away from campus, but you are always with us!

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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

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stjo1927 01/18/2021

Thank you for your continued support! We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for Lakota (Sioux) children and families. This is possible because of supporters like you!

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Rating: 2

I have read many reviews on this site both positive and negative about SJS. I agree with all of them.

On the positive side I certainly support the mission of St Joe’s and believe they are delivering the services that are greatly needed. No argument there.

On the negative side: I heartedly agree with those who say “too many mailings”; “too many gifts” and too much is obviously being spent on marketing and admin. I have thrown away at least a dozen made in China Dream Catchers. I smile every time I read the made in China label. I often wonder what the Chinese workers think about the product they are making. They have no clue what it is! And why does SJS think it’s donors would like to own a dream catcher? To hang from the mirror in their car? Hang one in each window of their house? The only use I can find, sad to say, is to contribute to the local landfill.
The pens and notepads do get used but everything else goes in the trash. PLEASE stop sending out all these gifts and depleting the world’s resources.

Do you really think people are willing to send a donation every time they receive a mailing? The frequency is ridiculous!

I have made small donations to SJS once or twice a year. I doubt if it has paid for the “free gifts” I have received.

I have seen SJ answers that say 68% of donations go to programs., which is too little That is all the public information I have been able to find. They need transparency to show how much they make each year and where it is being spent. They don’t have to file a 990 form with IRS as a religious organization. They should publish their own annual report and make it public.

Four things would make me want to continue to give and likely give more:
1. Reduce mailings to like 4 per year.
2. Eliminate or greatly reduce gifts.
3. Be transparent about your financials! What are you hiding?
4. Listen to donors who tell you what’s wrong!

I have ranted enough, thanks for reading.

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stjo1927 01/18/2021

Thank you for sharing your concerns with us! We certainly understand everyone has different mail preferences. We would be more than happy to adjust your mail preference. Please contact us at 800-341-2235 mon-Fri 8am, to 5 pm. Central time. Also we would encourage you to visit our website where we provide updated information regarding our yearly financials as well. We appreciate your continued support to our mission here at St. Joseph's Indian School and look forward to speaking with you!

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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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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.