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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Received the large packet yesterday- great timing as I was on the Blackfoot Reservation 2 days ago and was able to buy Indian- made art at the Museum of the Plains Indians.
Packet contained a Dreamcatcher which was Made In China! How does that help a Native Economy?

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stjo1927 09/26/2017

This is a question we receive from time to time. Yes, we mail items made in China. Your concern on this important issue is appreciated and I hope you understand this is not a decision we take lightly. We believe the children in our care deserve time to be children, playing outside and enjoying after school activities. Because such a large quantity of products is needed in a limited time frame, mass production is our only option. We work with local Lakota artists as often as possible, and feature their work in both exhibits and the gift shop at the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center on campus. We only work with reputable companies in China, most of which have been suppliers to us for years one for more than fifty years. They are also very supportive, monetarily, to our cause and make direct donations for the education and welfare of the Lakota children at St. Joseph’s Indian School. With special donors, and supportive business partners like them, we are able to make a real difference

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I am very suspicious of the few positive comments about this facility. After so many negative comments the positive ones just do not seem real. I would imagine that it is the staff or Board of Directors person making the comments in hopes of defusing some of the negative aura of the whole place.

I will not give to an organization that will not remove you after repeated attempts to be removed. They seem to be a "Mill" running rampant and flooding any possible market in hopes of getting some cash. Well, not from me.

CEO of Phoenix Rehabilitation Organization, Inc.

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stjo1927 09/12/2016

You can visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saintjosephs and review the many positive comments about St. Joseph’s. We believe in transparency and would love to answer any questions you may have. We will respect anyone who wishes to be removed from our mailing list. It can take up to 90 days for mail to completely stop, but we will honor that request. Please call us at 1-800-341-2235 with any questions, concerns, or requests concerning mail.