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St Labre Indian School

Rating: 3.14 stars   21 reviews 14,130

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PO Box 216 Ashland MT 59003 USA

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St. Labre Indian School, founded in 1884, was one of the first efforts to care for Native Americans who had been displaced as a result of homesteading. Today, St. Labre Indian School offers kindergarten through high school education for Crow and Northern Cheyenne children on three campuses. There is no tuition charged for any student to attend. The combined enrollment of all three campuses totals over 700 children.

Children who live more than 40 miles from our school stay in dormitories during the week. More than 1,000 meals are prepared each day including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We combine education, spirituality and Native American culture to educate the whole child.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been donating to St. Labre since 1985. My parents long before that. We usually go to the school every summer and this last year went to their ranch. What a great place!! We have had some very interesting talks about St Labre's educational opportunities with Curtis and the staff, for students, especially the cultural experiences they receive. I know that the fund raising goes directly to support the school. I'm a little confused as to why the Cheyenne Indian Nation thinks they should share in the monies donated to the school. After all the money is to educate the Cheyenne and Crow students. The educational opportunities are excellent and the resulting statistics surpass ordinary public school high school and college graduation rates for peers. Our family will continue to support this school and other Native Schools.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

In the early 1970s, I donated to St. Labre each month and at the time 90% of the money went to the charity. I just got the first solicitation in years and was going to donate, but not after reading all these reviews.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My mother has dementia and receives loads of solicitations from this charity. Six months ago I placed her name on the "Do Not Mail" list and yet, they are still mailing her. Former reviewers have indicated that they spend half of their revenue on advertising. I believe it.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

64 people found this review helpful

My father has dementia and is now living in an assisted living facility. While he still lived at home he sent hundreds of dollars to various charities and sweepstakes. I have now assumed responsibility of handling his finances and mail. St Labre is the only charity so far that is unwilling to stop mailing the frequent requests without my providing the copy of my Power of Attorney. Strikes me more as an attempt to protect their ability to bleed seniors dry.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

76 people found this review helpful

This is a sad commentary of Native American heritage. 1st no one should give in hopes of receiving anything; and should the school insist in doing so - than how about true Indian art work that is bought and purchased from the tribal peoples. I do have a problem when 50% of contributions are for marketing in any charity - Its about the Children, and I honestly believe that people are willing to give for the sake of giving (everyone wants to make a difference but no one wants to be exploited nor do they want the purpose of their gift exploited). Even an adoptive program for each child with several donors (receiving semi-annual updates on the child's progress while preserving the child's name is worth considering. I hope that all donations are kept local and within the school - none going to the Catholic Church; I do not support religious organization, but do support them when they keep God's mandate :"True religion is the care of the widow and the fatherless child". And this is all charities. It is easy to say that I will not give my donation because 50% will go to jobs in China and obscene gestures of abject poverty to tear jerk a donation. This is proud Nations of Native Americans (the only true Americans without benefit of law). I send my donation that they can be successful in a changing world and maintain their proud traditional heritage at the same time. I will continue to donate at this time and pray God that you change your marketing methods to bring that figure closer to 10% or less. One fully realizes that teachers and staff cost money and should be included in the cost of educating and schooling children as well as bills relating to building maintenance and grounds up keep and that should be that 90% inclusion. It is obscene that 50% of contributions is going into a toilet or Neverland. I'm sorry to hear of the Tribes lawsuit against the school and I hope that some lease agreement can be reached on the lands and/or some involvement with the tribes that they can clearly understand that the future economic benefit that a well ran and highly educating school can provide in the long term for the future of their peoples and especially their children. Educate them to the fact that I already pay taxes into a dead beat public school system. I'd rather donate my money to them through your school. I also donate to ST Joseph Indian School as well. I'm not into "well this Indian tribe is more worthy than that one", tell them to shove that crap. It's about the children and their future, not about past hatreds-divisions-derisions. It's about moving on and forward.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

50 people found this review helpful

Don't believe everything you read on the internet, and don't jump to conclusions. These people appear to be doing significant work, of considerable social value. That's a guess; when I can, I would like to visit the place, and get some sense of the whole situation. What I think, on no hard evidence, is that a dysfunctional tribal group is trying to get their hands on as much money as possible. It seems fashionable to sue the Catholics these days, but I don't see anything actionable in what St. Labre is doing. The Northern Cheyenne are on a fishing expedition, seems like. They have little to lose, and plenty to gain.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

114 people found this review helpful

Yesterday I received a solicitation for donation from this organization. Having never heard of it I decided to investigate on Guidestar. No 990's have been filed so I reviewed their annual reports for 2012 and 2011. They spend approximately 50% of annual revenue on fundraising so 50 cents of every dollar one donates goes towards printing,paper,postage and gifts. After other expenses only a small % goes to help the 700 or so students! Stated another way fundraising costs over $35,000 per student. I'll send my money elsewhere.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

56 people found this review helpful

There is a lot of jealously among Native American tribes and internally with their members. A close relative taught on the Rez in NM, loved the kids and what she did, but hated the parental and tribal council infighting. She left after a couple years for the local public schools.

In the case of St. Labre, don't believe everything you read on the internet and remember anyone can sue anyone for anything. St. Labre did a better job of marketing their good works than some other tribes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

55 people found this review helpful

This charity seems to do good work by all accounts. People seemed miffed at the gifts, but I am not sure why anyone would require a blanket or any other gift to donate to a charity anyway. Use SouthwestIndian.com if you just want stuff to order and still get a tax writeoff. The lawsuit by the tribe sounds absurd. If the tribe cared so much and did even 1/2 the job the school does to take care of these kids, there would never have been a need for this school, but they didn't, they don't, and as far as I can tell, they never will.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

83 people found this review helpful

INVESTIGATE this charity by using the great tool of the Internet...you may discover, it is a ruse and NOT a charity that benefits the Native American Indians it claims to help....but it DOES enrich the church and the people who are on salary at the "Charity." The tribes in question has SUED this charity AND the church, for reasons of using the Native People to make money...CHECK IT OUT!!! By the way...those "trade blankets" that are sent as promos to donors are made in china out of poly fleece...commissioned in factories in China by this "dubious charity." CHECK! INVESTIGATE!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

INVESTIGATE better options to insure that the Native People ARE benefiting from all the money donated by honest and charitable people who are being duped into giving to a dubious cause.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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