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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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135 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 4

I chose St Joseph Indian School because the emphasis is on education and Lakota culture

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stjo1927 Thank you for your support.

4 Linda B.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of St. Josephs about five years ago. It.caught my interest as my great grandmother was part Native American. With so many charitable organizations vying for donations , and being on a fixed income, I researched St. Josephs to see what type of work they did and what others had to say. I was impressed by their mission and reviews by other donors. What has impressed me most over the years is their generosity. No matter how little I give or how often I always receive loverly gift packages and certificates if appreciation. There is no pressure to donate and all donations are greatly appreciated. I receive information and updates on the school and students which makes it personal. I belive the work they do is necessary and a blessing to the children they serve.

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Rating: 5

I have been supporting St Joseph's for years. Awhile back I invested in an annuity with them. I believe the Indian reservations are in desperate need of help.Education at St Joseph's is helping each & every student.
Thank you to all the staff & wonderful students in the St Joseph's community.

Ellen McConnell,NJ

3 Felicia F.1

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Rating: 5

I’ve been donating to St. Joseph’s for many years, before I started donating every month, I’d only was able to donate only a few times a year. They would always send me gifts even though i wasn’t able to donate often. I love my Indian children there

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stjo1927 10/12/2018

Felicia, thank you for your support and thoughtfulness to the children at St Joseph's Indian School

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Donor

Rating: 5

The dedicated people at St. Joseph's Indian School are wonderful and the school does such a great job for the Lakota girls and boys. We are so please to be a supporter of this terrific charity.

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stjo1927 10/10/2018

Thank you for your kind words and support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting St. Joseph's Indian School as best as I can financially and in prayers for about 4 years now and I am very proud to be a small part of their mission. From everything I know about their work I can tell that they are making an outstanding effort to provide intellectually and materially for the youngsters of the School. But, more than that I believe they are also reaching them spiritually and in a most positive manner. I have no doubt that they are doing wonderful work and making a difference.

Robert Jager

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stjo1927 10/10/2018

Robert, Thank you for all that you do for the children at St Joseph's Indian School.

Mud Rat 1

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned of St. joseph from my mother. I am 1/4 Souix. Ever since I have been working I give mouthly to St. Joes. I trust and beleave they are helping the children and teaching them about Jesus. When I am gone I have St. Joes in my will.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been contributing in small way to the school since the past 5 years. This is one of the charitable utilization i saw. I wish i could donate a larger sum to them. May be some day soon, I will be in a position to make a large donation.

God bless the children and there care takers

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stjo1927 10/10/2018

Thank you for your kind words and support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been sending money to ST. Joseph's Native American school for more than a decade because of a kinship from my past life and I'm confident there taken care of and in good caring loving hands. I think of them in the winter and hope their staying warm and fed, I think of them as my own kids and worry not because I know there are so many others who care as much as I do about these babies.
your Kola
Charles Adams

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stjo1927 10/10/2018

Charles, thank you for all that you do for the children at St Joseph's and your kind words.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I agree that all of the gifts I receive with the mailings are overkill and that the donations should be used to support the children. Anyone, like myself, who are donating because they respect our native american heritage, would rather not receive so many mailings with gifts enclosed. I would rather purchase the clothing and artifacts separately and make donations through the mailings. I deeply honor and respect everything that you do to provide an education for the children. I would truly like to visit your school in the near future. Please provide future events in your newsletter so we can plan our trip. Paul & Debra Fiola, Independence, MO.

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stjo1927 10/10/2018

Paul and Debra, thank you for your support. We can make an update on your mailing preference if you could give us a call at 1-800-341-2235.

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Rating: 5

I don't know that I have a story to tell, but I certainly can tell you why I support St. Joseph's Indian School. History has been a great influence in my life, and the American Indian is a big part of the history of the United States. It is too much a sad history, but it is our history. St. Joseph's Indian School respects the history of the Lakota people that they work with, and I find that very commendable. St. Joseph's gives native American youth a chance for a future, and builds that on the proud past that those children come from. That does not simply give these young Americans a chance, it gives them strength to face the difficult future that is mature adulthood. That is not simply impressive to me, it is important. Children are our future, ALL children.

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stjo1927 10/02/2018

Thank you for your comments and support .

4 Marianne D

Donor

Rating: 5

We started donating to St. Joe's in the late 70s and have continued ever since. Then we went to Chamberlain and visited the school and homes. We celebrated Pow Wow with them. On every visit, the children laugh and talk with us. The staff tell us their stories, many planning on working just a few years there and are still there because they are dedicated to educating and caring for these great Lakota children. We once met a high school student at St. Joe's who told us he remembered us because we had given him a truck when he was a little boy. That touched our hearts.

This School is a wonderful place, a place of hope for the children and their families. The staff work very hard and are committed to their mission to serve and teach, to receive and learn. We are honored to be able to make our small donation every month.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donating to St. Joe's for about 30 years. The staff is extraordinary...really giving of themselves to make the kids there stronger. We visit a minimum of once a year, most often twice and we feel priviledged to be able to see how well the kids are cared for. They accept very little federal money, so they need all of us to help donate...it does take a village...every little bit helps.

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stjo1927 09/13/2016

Thank you so much for your kind words and your support! Our staff has one goal in mind and that is the children! We are so happy to hear you are able to make it campus and experience what your support creates!

Donor

Rating: 2

I donated once to St Joseph's Indian School and chose not to be contacted again. I receive unwanted presents, Christmas cards and letters. I am disappointed because I thought maybe St Joseph's would not follow the example other charitable organizations that bombard donors until they give up.
There is nothing I believe in more than education and I specially feel for Native American children. St Joseph's would do well to stop this type of behaviour. Had it not indulged I would have donated again.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been contributing to St Joseph for over thirty years. I've always been troubled and appalled by our treatment of Native Americans, but, especially by, the taking of the children from their families, placing them in "Christian" schools and trying to destroy their culture, by forbidding them their beliefs, language and practices.
So, I have loved St Joseph for incorporating their culture into their everyday lives and education.
I have been to PowWow several times and loved sharing in the dances, sings and learning. I was especially was moved by the singing and drumming in Mass. How wonderful to combine the meaningful rituals.
I have never accepted the idea of Native Americans as "heathen". Their spiritual life is every bit as rich as the most devout Christian.
But, beyond book education, St Joseph meets their physical needs with food, clothing and a safe family home life with love and friends.
This school offers hope to the children of the reservations of the way to a better life for themselves and perhaps going back helping others.
I believe that St Joseph is more than worthy of any non profit organization, for honors and accolades. It's influence is not limited to the campus, but spreads through the whole state of South Dakota.
Dorothy M Rodgers

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stjo1927 09/17/2018

Thank you so much for your continued support, and kind words about our mission. We are blessed because of you and other like you, that allow us to do this every year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been involved with St Joseph's for many years now. For most of this time we have relied on the wonderful information provided by the staff at St Joseph's to keep abreast of how our donations were being applied. The programs have always been impressive and we have felt the stewardship of our donations was being executed in line with our wishes and in excellent service to the children in their community. Several years ago we had the opportunity to visit St Joseph's on one of our cross country travels and we found the entire environment to be exactly as we expected. The facilities are first rate, the children all appear to be extremely happy and well adjusted and the programs are well planned and executed. As a result of our long relationship with St Joseph's we have continued to keep St Joseph's on our short list of major annual donations even as we have transitioned to a fixed retirement income. God Bless all associated with this outstanding institution.

Arthur P. Ryan III

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stjo1927 09/17/2018

Thank you for taking the time to write this , and for stopping by! We are always glad when donor get the chance to stop on campus, and see where your donations are being used. We appreciate all of your support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been involved with St. Joe's for well over 30 years. We have watched them grow in their continued dedication to our needy and deserving Lakota-American children. Most recently we helped to erect a self-sufficient state of the art Health Care Center. Over the years only good things have emerged from this exemplary charitable institution. We pray they continue their beautiful work for as long as Divine Providence permits. . Dr. Robert and Eva Porto

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stjo1927 09/10/2018

Thank you so much for your continued support and kind words about our mission. You are a blessing to us and the lives of the children.

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Donor

Rating: 1

This is not a GreatNonProfit organization in my eye.
My wife and I regret sending small sums of $ to them.
We get frequent mailings, too many.
We sent them a check for $100 and asked them to only mail us once per year.
We continued to receive mailings anyway, even after a call to them to ask them to remove us from mailing list. They are wasting money on mailings and are unethical in their practices as apparently they will not remove us from mailing list. We still get mailings after reasonable efforts to have them stopped.

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stjo1927 09/12/2018

We are sorry if you received the wrong impression from us. We appreciate all the support we receive from generous donor like yourself, and we try to work hard to be good stewards of those donation. Thank you for letting us know you would prefer not to receive these item, we are always happy to make these adjustments for any donor. We do print our mailings 90 days in advance, so when a change is made to mailing preferences it does take several weeks for these to change. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. We would be happy to verify that you have been removed from our mailing list if you would like to call our Donor Care Center at 1-800-341-2235.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The opportunity to contribute to a worthwhile organization where the outcome is visible!

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stjo1927 08/13/2018

Thank you for your positive support and feedback.

DonandI

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For many years I have contributed small sums to St. Joseph's Indian School, wishing that I could afford to give more. I am confident that every penny I've given has been used wisely and carefully to provide a loving home for Native American children whose parents cannot offer them this quality of life. In return for my donations, the School has sent me pictures of healthy, laughing children who are learning about their heritage and who are engaged in work that prepares them for higher education and meaningful futures. I am proud to help the dedicated staff in their work and will continue to support their efforts as long as I am able!

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stjo1927 08/01/2018

Thank you so much for your kind words and continued support to the children in our care.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not been able to visit St. Joseph's School but donate an amount of my small funds to this mission because of what I view as excellent organization, a well-trained and dedicated staff, and the unfeigned happy, shining, healthy faces of the children in the regular pictures sent to me. when I think of the difficult circumstances of the Native American lives in our country, especially on the arid lands of the reservations where they were forced to live so long ago, I want to do my part, no matter how small, to help this mission move forward. I am grateful to the Director and staff of St. Joseph's who work so lovingly to change the present and future of such beautiful, precious children!

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

Thank you for your wonderful words and support! You truly do make a difference in the lives of the Lakota Sioux boys and girls. Please visit our website for pictures and updates as well! http://www.stjo.org

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stjo1927 05/18/2017

The Lakota (Sioux) children are blessed by your friendship. Your gift makes a positive difference in the lives of Native American youth and families because of you, we can provide boys and girls with vital services for future growth and success. Your help ensure we can continue caring for the American Indian children in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had a lot of correspondence with this group. The kids send letters and handmade things throughout the year. They spend the money they receive wisely and with so many different areas they cover. At times I can give more then other times. They treat me with respect and as a important donor whether I give or not. I wish nothing but good fortune for these children and St. Joseph as a whole

Patricia Stock

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stjo1927 07/11/2018

Thank you so much for your feedback! Pilamaya – thank you – for your care and support of St. Joseph’s students! God bless you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I chose this charity with children because I believe they are the poorest of the United States and are the most misunderstood. No child should have to suffer from hunger, cold, and other circumstances beyond their control.

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stjo1927 05/22/2017

Several of the reservations in South Dakota are some of the poorest areas in the nation. In addition to poverty, alcohol, drug and suicide rates are high on the reservations. Many kids never make it past 8th grade. Supporters like you provide a safe, loving, environment for the kids to flourish. We thank you!