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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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159 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 3

I cannot remember how I first learned about St. Joseph's School. But when I noticed that it is run by Christians, I decided to add it to add it to my list a charities. It is added every month to my credit card and thus saves postage. The follow-up mail I receive from the school confirms my observation that the school is shining the light of Faith in the Indian community.

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stjo1927 05/16/2017

Thank you for your monthly support and comments! We provide spiritual education through Religious Studies classes for all students in grades 1 through 12. 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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Although I've never visited St. Joseph's, I believe in what they're doing for the children and their families. My Mom also contributed to St. Josephs when she was alive. I feel that this organization is filling an important need for these families which might go unnoticed or forgotten otherwise. In many cases, our forefathers mistreated many tribes and so I like to give back to them as much as I can. The school is keeping their heritage alive which should be important to all of us. I am pleased to be a part of this ministry endeavor.

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

Thank you for your comments! We promote the children's Native American heritage in many ways: Native American studies focus on Lakota language, culture and traditions; Dance club teaches traditional dances and songs and is dedicated to promoting a clear understanding and awareness of self; An annual powwow is held on our campus each year; Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center; On-staff cultural expert/teacher; Elder Lakota (Sioux) advisors. Again, thank you for your support!

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stjo1927 05/18/2017

Thank you so much for your support!Preserving and sharing the Lakota (Sioux) culture is a core part of our mission at St. Joseph's Indian School. In addition to Native American Studies classes for students and our annual powwow, the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center is located on campus for students and visitors alike to broaden their knowledge of the Sioux culture.

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stjo1927 05/19/2017

Thank you for your comments! Lakota children in need of a safe, stable education and culturally-rich home environment have turned to St. Joseph’s Indian School since 1927. We certainly could not do it without supporters like you and your mother! Bless you!

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stjo1927 05/19/2017

Thank you for your comments! Lakota children in need of a safe, stable education and culturally-rich home environment have turned to St. Joseph’s Indian School since 1927. We certainly could not do it without supporters like you and your mother! Bless you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a long time supporter of St. Joseph's Indian School. I truly believe they deliver amazing care, guidance and protection for those they administer to. I find it incredibly rewarding to donate to such a worthy charity.

Thank you for the opportunity to deliver my review. God Bless everyone at St. Joseph's!

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

We appreciate and thank you for your support! God bless you as well!

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stjo1927 05/18/2017

We are truly grateful for the blessings you share with the Lakota children. Donors like you are so important to the work we do. God bless you as well!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a proud supporter of St. Joseph's for years. The love, support in all areas, homes, education, belief in assuring that the children maintain their culture and language, and community support of their families, are all reasons why I support St. Joseph's. My only regret is that my wife and I are unable to help more financially at this time.

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

We are truly grateful for the blessings you share with the Lakota children. Donors like you are so important to the work we do.

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stjo1927 05/18/2017

Wopila tanka - many thanks - for your generous support to St. Joseph's! Our mission has always been to serve Native American children and families to educate for life — mind, body, heart and spirit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There is no greater need in this world for our children than a good education. This is especially true for children living in poor areas of our country where quality education is a rare commodity. St. Joseph's Indian School provides this much needed education.

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stjo1927 05/16/2017

Thank you for your comment. Native American graduation rates in South Dakota is around 47%. Children who attend St. Joseph's Indian School through 8th grade have a graduation rate around 82.5% If obtaining a GED is included the rate goes up to around 95%.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It is an honour and privilege - in a very small way - to be a part of St. Joseph's Indian School these past years. Both in my study and on my refrigerator, are some very lovely drawings that I receive and pictures, especially of graduations, which are placed alongside those of my grandchildren. God bless all at St. Joseph's, the cared-for and the caregivers. Peace and Blessings.

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stjo1927 05/16/2017

Thank you for your kind words and support. We are truly grateful for the blessings you share with the Lakota children. Donors like you are so important to the work we do at St. Joseph's.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I Have always supported the St. Joseph's Indian school. The reason is they are the most organized & spend all the donations on the students who attend their school. I have not had the the chance to visit the school, but hope to some day. They are always sending updates to what is going on during their school year. I appreciate what the loyal staff do for these students. Keep up the great work.

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

Thank you for your support and kind words! You are welcome to come visit anytime. A lot of donors try to make it to our Annual Powwow in September every year!

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stjo1927 05/18/2017

Thank you for your kindness and support! We would love to have you visit! If you are ever able to, visit www.stjo.org/visit. There, you will find directions to our campus, information on our museum and campus tours, and information on our annual powwow. Please let us know if you have additional questions!

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Donor

Rating: 5

St. Joseph's is a model institution for the care and education of the Lakota Indians. I feel it is our duty to help support these children and outreach programs in payment for what we the USA did to them in the 1800's. We lied to them and cheated them out of their lands and culture and forced upon them our ways destroying their religious and cultural beliefs. I have been at Chamberlain, South Dakota and have been impressed with the staff and facilities there. They have tried to become self sufficient with power and heat sources. I believe it is worth a look and donate monthly to them by bankdraft.

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

Thank you for your comments and support! Since 1927, St. Joseph's Indian School has provided care and education for Native American boys and girls. We provide for the basic welfare of the Lakota children (food, clothing and medical care) with special emphasis on the spiritual, emotional and educational development of each child, while respecting their culture and heritage

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stjo1927 05/18/2017

Pilamaya – thank you – for helping us meet each Lakota child’s basic needs … and giving them so much more such as college scholarships, programs that strengthen families, nutritious food and a cultural education. We truly appreciate your support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is a great place for the Indian children to go and stay so that their lives can be so much better and will have better success when they are ready to go out into the world. Everyone should go and visit them if possible it was quite a eye opener for me when I went. They do a good job with the children that come to them

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stjo1927 05/16/2017

Thank you so much for your comments and it is great to hear that you have been to campus! We welcome anyone to come and visit anytime.

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Donor

Rating: 5

St. Joseph's has always responded and delivered on every thing they represent. These children among many others need all the help they can get as they have been held down for way too long. I suggest too anyone to do the research and see how much most of these institutions need our help.

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

We appreciate your friendship very much! We welcome to anyone to call us at 1-800-341-2235 with questions or visit our website www.stjo.org.

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stjo1927 05/18/2017

Thank you so much for your kindness and support! We truly do appreciate what you do for the Lakota Sioux boys and girls. A wonderful source of information is our website: www.stjo.org or call 800-341-2235.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pilamaya, so much for letting share with you my upbringing, if it were not for wonderful sisters of the Immaculate heart of Mary, I probably would have been in prison or worse a derelict. you have the greatest opportunity to be successful in life due to the wonderful priests who house you and educate you. there is none finer in the world. I,m not in a position to help you guys as much as I,d like to,I also help boys town when ever I can. and I will continue as long as Jesus allows me to. god bless all of you and all of god,s keepers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support St Joseph's school because Charity begins at home.
Our Native Americans are a forgotten people.
While "Do-gooders" want to support our foreign born enemies, our own nations' children go hungry and neglected.
I was, myself, a cold, hungry, neglected child in my youth. I worked outside the home to earn money for some extra food and once a little Native American boy taught me to find berries and to "take" unwanted fruit from trees and vines.
In church I was taught to save pennies for UNICEF, but UNICEF never helped me, even when I was so very hungry. Some kind person from church did leave me clothes on the doorstop overnight sometimes. I do not know who, but I never forgot their kindness, God Bless them.
I am 70 years old now and am not able to give much but I give Charity when and to whom I am able. I am not of the Catholic Faith but I believe in their mission to help these forgotten children. You may never know how you have touched someone's life.
God is Good, put your trust in him and he will answer your prayers.
And if you have the will to give, there will be a way!


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Donor

Rating: 5

The US government has never treated our Indian brothers honestly. From herding them onto reservations, to skimming funds, to withholding opportunities enjoyed by other Americans.

One of the great efforts to help Indian youth are the schools operated by Catholic organizations. Nearly every reservation has one. Many provide rom and board for their students. These schools give children the start so important to breaking the cycle of poverty and despair so prevalent on reservations.

My wife and I send a little help regularly to St Joseph's and other schools serving the Plains Indians. I wish that more people would understand the need and pitch in, too.

God bless all who labor in those fields.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the honor and privilege to teach Native American children in Miami Florida. They were a joy to work with and I like to help other Native American children whenI can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I would love to do more for my people but being in the UK this is the best I can do for now. These children come from hard upbringings and deserve a chance in life which this school provides. The future of this world depends on kids so here is the place to start. Native Americans are given a terrible ordeal and have suffered for too long, they need to learn their language again, their culture and history. This school does that and needs/deserves every dollar it gets through donation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am in my 80's and my wife is disabled. I doubt then that we will ever be able to visit your school. However, we were teachers: she on the primary level and I on the high school and college. What we have seen in your mailings and on your web site shows that you have established a a good foundation for their world--especially, in their culture and language. If you wish to destroy peoples, forbid their languages and ways. That was done to the American Indians and also to the Irish and Scots et al. Yet, people's ways and customs expressed through their languages are the source of who they were and still are. As Pope John Paul II warned we should not rush to assimilate others but to help them adapt so that the multicultural reality of God's Church can be seen. That said there is also the need for them to be able to advance in our rapidly evolving technical world. We, they, can never stop learning.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Your work with children is so needed! I want all Catholic people and those who we pray will join us, to know how important a Catholic education is. Attending Catholic grade school., high school and seminary has shown me the need to Be Bold! Be Catholic! To love all children and take care of their needs.
I support St Joseph's because children are so important to me .Working in law enforcement for the past 30 years has shown me the needs of all children world wide. Thank you so much for all you do in Jesus' name.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is nothing short of wonderful the way this organization helps and provides for the children in their care! I have supported St. Joseph's for years, and will continue doing so because of the young lives they help to improve and change, and because of the hope they give to not only these children, but all Native Americans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I give to STJ because I am a SouthDakota native who went to school with Lakota kids. K thru12. I am well versed in what we did and are still doing to our Indian friends. My best friend is the granddaughter of a Wounded Knee survivor. I know the rezes in SD are among the most poverty stricken in te uSA. For these reasos I give what I can. I feel the gifts they send would be better spent on the children but they are a Godsend to the families tey serve

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Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago I became most interested in Native American history and the heritage of our American Indiana brothers and sisters. During a trip to the Southwest, I became more involved and deeply touched by what I witnessed and saw concerning the lives of Native American Indians. It was such a privilege to meet and speak with those whom I did while traveling. I knew then that I wanted to be of service in some way to those who deserved much more than they had received.

When I returned home, I began to seek and found the path, which led me to St. Joseph's Indian School. It has been a fulfilling relationship and given me the opportunity to learn and see the possibilities become realities through patience, endeavor and love.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have never been to St. Joseph's but I have supported them for many years. I am myself part Cherokee and think that it is important that we ensure that the Native American cultures endure.

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Donor

Rating: 5

These folks make a difference in the lives of Native American kids.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is important that we do not forget the great Native American cultures of the Americas. These peoples for the most part were conquered and subjugated by the government of the United States and it's agents, but why should that continue today? All children, no matter of skin color, race, religion or status of life, should be provided the opportunity for a good education, safe housing, medical care, and food. The St. Joseph's Indian School provide these important life requirements for the many children of the Lakota people. I am not a Native American and I have not had children, but in supporting this charity I can feel I am doing my part to contribute to the well-being and care of these children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The monies donated to St. Joseph's Indian School give the Native American Children an Education, Food, Clothing and Shelter, in a POSITIVE Environment. These young Lakota (Sioux) young people are taught their heritage, language, respect to their Elders and the Teachers, and they graduate to be wonderful citizens within this Country and within the Reservations. What a wonderful experience to meet such wonderful young people and their teachers and the administrative staff. St. Joseph's Indian School do more for the betterment of these young people, than what the politicians and bureaucrats of Washington, D.C. do for this country.
Skennenkowa (Mohawk Language: May You Have Great Peace)
Rev. Dr. Ronald L. "Chief Grey Eagle" Sims
Ordained Minister of the Gospel of Christ Jesus and Holy Man Chief.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I live in Arizona and have never visited the St. Joseph's Indian School (but I will within two years). The reason I support a place I have never seen is that it is one way that I live my Catholic faith by helping others, especially children. I applaud the efforts of the staff to not only educate these native American youth but also to look after their physical and spiritual growth and well-being. All one has to do is look at the wonderfully bright and eager faces of these kids to realize they are a big part of the future of their tribe and our country. The staff does so much with so little and, unlike many of the better-known "charities" they produce positive and long-lasting results. I have witnessed the plight of the Hopi and Navajoes here in AZ and believe I can make a real difference by supporting the right organizations both in my state and beyond.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

nothing to add you do a good thing for those who can't help themselves. our country let the native americans down big time

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of St. Joseph's Indian School for many years. Until this year, I had just read the literature that they sent to me, watched last year's Powwow on a video, and spoken to students on the phone.

On April 22, 2017, I attended a Donor Luncheon in New Orleans. There, I met two of the students, Jason and Richard, and 3 staff members. We were shown the complete story of the school, past and present, in a presentation, and had all of our questions answered. The interaction that we had with the students was wonderful. I learned so many things that I did not know before that day.

I am planning to attend the powwow in September of 2017, and am really looking forward to the 3 days that I will spend there. I have posted again and again on Facebook about St. Joseph's, and the good works that they do. I really am a HUGE fan!

I wholeheartedly encourage you to join the group of caring benefactors of St. Joseph's Indian School. Knowing that we can make a real difference in so many lives will make you smile and be grateful to share what you have with others.

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Donor

Rating: 5

St Joseph's School is a wonderful, supportive and compassionate facility. All their great work is aimed at supporting children who need a positive and sometimes more supportive life without reservation. These are my thoughts and beliefs which have guided me to support them financially for many years ! I hope all of you will see it this way too, I see no negatives with many years of listening and watching !

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am writing to commend St. Joseph's Indian School for many reasons. As a Montessori-trained teacher, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for children of all ages to find respect and love in their environment. They will blossom and learn when they experience this. I believe that St. Joseph's Indian School is the stepping stone for the Lakota children and gives them the stepping stone to success in their lives, and preserves their beautiful culture and traditions.

Thank you,

Mary Mc Sweeney.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My heart goes out to Native American children and families living on reservations. The reservations were intended to replace their homelands of these families and many times they have been a place of very difficult living and lands not conducive to productive living. I am happy to contribute to St Joseph's Indian School so that children who attend will have a good living situation as well as excellent educational opportunities!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I carefully choose a charity "of the year " to support based on our interests and the way funds are put to use (majority going to those in need ). After careful research we felt St. Joseph's fit the bill perfectly!

Native Americans, especially children, are a largely ignored group and St. Joseph's provides a wide array of services such as food, clothing, housing, schooling,etc. and has been doing so for many years. We will continue to support their work and encourage others to do so as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I don't recall how we first became acquainted with St. Joseph's Indian School, but it was quite a few years ago. We were looking to learn about our Native American brothers and sisters. When we read about St. Joseph's we were intrigued by how the Lakota language and customs were heavily incorporated in the school. We decided that we wanted to contribute to the school and set up a monthly donation. On traveling through South Dakota one year we made plans to stop there. We received a warm and gracious welcome and a lovely tour through the school and campus. We were so impressed with the housing there for the students since they live on campus during the school year. The homes are set up family style with house parents and several students in each home. I hope that more people can become aware of this wonderful school and contribute to it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

St. Joseph's Indian School is providing much needed services for the children in their care. I have not visited the school (I live in Florida) but believe in its mission. A friend of mine who is 1/2 American Indian pointed me to this charity. I have been a monthly donor since then.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a former resident of Colorado, I am quite familiar with the fantastic work that St. Joseph's is doing for the children, and I support them as much azs I am able

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have not had the pleasure of going to the school firsthand, but I do get the wonderful dream catchers each year and love them.

In the end, a child in need is a child in need. What does it matter the color of their skin or where they come from? If you have the means to provide a better life to someone then take it! God would approve.

May the Lord Bless and keep the Lakota People in his grace for all eternity. Now and Forever, Amen.