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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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74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

Native Americans have suffered since the European "discovery" of North America. Treaties with them were broken, they were decimated by disease, and their original lands and way of life taken away from them. To survive, they were told they had to assimilate into the "American" (that is, white) way of doing things by forsaking their languages and traditions.

I have supported St. Joseph Indian School for many years because they not only teach Native American children (about two-thirds of them are from nine different tribes) the skills they need to succeed in modern society, but educate them in the traditional ways of their culture, as well as the near-extinct Lakota language. The school is also about more than education: it provides health care to the students, help for abused women, counseling for each student and his or her family, and during the summer a bookmobile that travels to the reservations and a day camp.

It costs St. Joseph's about 32 cents to raise $1. While this seems high, I attribute it to the fact that the continuing plight of Native Americans is just not on the average person's "radar." As a result, it is going to cost more to spread the word to as many as possible.

As to those who feel they receive too much mail from the school, my experience is that St. Joseph's is happy to modify individual mailing preferences. (For example, at my request, they stopped sending me address labels and other merchandise, and reduced my mailings to just their periodic newsletter called "Children of the Prairie.") They are quick to thank me for my donations and you can request that they not share your name with other groups.

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stjo1927 10/27/2017

We are truly grateful for the blessings you share with the Lakota children. Donors like you are so important to the work we do. Pilamaya – thank you – for your care and support of St. Joseph’s students!

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Rating: 5

I have taken an interest in our Native American/First Nation tribes and have been studying all of their history with the United States and the Government. It is heartbreaking to learn of the suffering of our native culture and the plight of their people. It is my desire to encourage and uplift these precious children to embrace, love and have great pride in the rich and colorful history of their people. The truth must be told and the history of America must be forthright in acknowledging the poor treatment of our beautiful native Americans, the true inheritors of this land. It is our responsibility to see that these children are supported and encouraged to be all that they can be. I feel like my small gifts, along with others will help fill the needs of these children and assure that they get a good education and a stable and loving environment. St. Joseph's Indian School has been a good place for me to start in helping these young people to achieve their highest potential and stay connected to their roots, their culture and their families.

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stjo1927 09/26/2017

Wopila tanka - many thanks - for your generous support of St. Joseph's! The Lakota (Sioux) children are blessed by your friendship. Your support 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. Once again, thank you for your support.

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Rating: 5

I was introduced to St. Joseph's Indian school a long time ago- I had been married for just 41 years when I found out my husband was terminal He loved St. Joseph and prayed to this saint everyday in his work area- I found the St. Joseph school in a web site as I was looking to find a prayer for my husband- I wrote to them, requested prayers for my husband and never stopped, even after his death, to make the St Joseph's Indian school my turn to friend.
I have been a donor to the school, and also sent them school supplies when they need them.
They have always shown great respect for life, for grief and for all who ask for help.
The children are always included in their messages. I have been sent many hand drawn papers from the children and even voice messages in emails. They do not forget your help.
They are so consistent in keeping me informed of what ever is going on, If I were younger, I would take the trip I am so generously offered by the children, so see them graduate. Cannot for physical restrictions. But I know they remember to thank and pray for everyone they come in contact with- That is the beautiful and loving warmth you receive from this school.
I truly know that the gifts you send are welcomed and that you are prayed for as a friend
I consider all these great kids, and priests friends of mine- Altho I have never personally met them, for the past several years we have kept in touch..

God has blessed me with the knowledge that the belief in God lives forever in St. Joseph Indian School and is celebrated everyday in these smiling children.
God Bless- Andrea Nichols

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stjo1927 06/09/2017

Thank you so much for your kind and beautiful words. Our donors are definitely part of our Tiyospaye-extended family. We are always grateful for the support we are shown for the Lakota Sioux boys and girls at St. Joseph's! Many blessings to you!

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Rating: 5

St. Joseph's Indian School is a very worthwhile charity and continues to receive my support. They are located in one of the poorest counties in S. Dakota. The young children they serve, and the community where they are located are in need of educational, medicial and social supports. Please consider donating to St. Joseph's.

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stjo1927 05/26/2017

Thank you for your support and comments! You are correct, many of the reservations in South Dakota are some of the poorest counties in the nation. All of our students come from the 9 various reservations here in South Dakota, but St. Joseph's is located in Chamberlain, SD and not directly on a reservation.

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stjo1927 05/30/2017

Thank you for your comment! Reservation life in South Dakota is extremely difficult. Poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, and lack of medical services are just some of the issues faced. Students at St. Joseph's receive free medical and dental care, loving homes, education, and cultural awareness among other things. All of these things are possible because of wonderful people such as yourself. Wopila tanka — many thanks — for helping St. Joseph’s reach out and provide hope to Lakota (Sioux) children all year long!

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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!

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Rating: 4

I have visited St. Joseph's indian museum several times over the years and have had a personal tour of the school. I think they do a great job trying to preserve native american heritage and spirituality and they provide a valuable service to the surrounding reservations for children of families in crisis. Visit the reservations, visit the school, learn their history in the museum. I can never atone for the evil done to their ancestors, but i can do my small part to assist the current generation.

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stjo1927 05/22/2017

Thank you for comment and support! Preserving and sharing the Lakota (Sioux) culture is a core part of our mission at St. Joseph's Indian School. It is amazing to hear that you have seen that in action and visited the campus and museum! Bless you!

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Rating: 5

I have visited St Joe's 3 times.

Excellent facility and staff

Larry Woerner
Columbus, OH

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stjo1927 05/22/2017

Thank you for your comment and support, Larry! It is wonderful to hear that you have been to campus three times. Your friendship is appreciated!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became interested in Indians when I was a young child and was given an Indian book. I read it over and over. Then I married a man that was part Indian. When I found this website I had the inspiration that I needed to give back and what better way of doing it then donating to this wonderful school. They care for their young people, not only in education, but also with a safe warm place to live, warm nourishing meals and clothing. The children are happy here. I love seeing their happy faces and smiles. Thank you St. Joseph's for caring!

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stjo1927 05/19/2017

We are truly grateful for the blessings you share with the Lakota children. Donors like you are so important to the work we do! If you would like to see more pictures and the smiles you help create, please check out our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stjo1927/

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Rating: 5

I am a woman of 60 who loves to think and help others. St. Joseph's is the perfect school to help. They are kind and love both to the children and donors. some day I can't wait to meet all these wonderful people. The children draw and write wonderful letters. It makes you feel warm inside! Being in an tiyospaye is nice, Pilamaya- you make me feel special, as you are! I will send picture snail mail, since I don't know how over internet. Hugs!
Smiles, Joyce
P.S. Pilamaya for all the graduation photos. That's very sweet!

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stjo1927 05/19/2017

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. Your monthly support is so very important. Bless you!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting st Joseph Indian school monthly for several years.They believe in promoting the Catholic Faith,family,and culture of the beautiful Indian children,many of whom live in poverty and broken homes.St Joseph gives these PRECIOUS children HOPE AND LOVE

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

Thank you for being part of our Tiyospaye! St. Joseph's mission is developing the mind, body, heart and spirit of Lakota (Sioux) boys and girls since 1927.

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Rating: 3

I felt that is as a direction from God to help St. Joseph's Indian School. I hope God blesses you this year with his special gifts and grants all your wishes. May the promises of God rests upon you.

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

Thank you so much for your kind words and wishes.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been giving to St. Joseph for several years. My small donations go a long way toward providing shelter, education and guidance to a wonderful group of children. Their appreciation is always shown as they share photos and successes with their donors.

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

We have been blessed with wonderful supporters such as yourself for 90 years. Our supporters create a safe, stable home away from reservation hardships; Individual counseling and guidance; Carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota (Sioux) culture and individual student needs; Tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem, improve cultural awareness; All of this and more to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

Donor

Rating: 5

The recipients of this Not for Profit are in front of those everyday who administer the Not for Profit. Direct connections like this yield the greatest and most necessary results.

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

Thank you for your comments! St. Joseph's Indian School is a Native American Nonprofit Organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Lakota Sioux children and families. Our mission is to educate Native American youth for life — mind, body, heart and spirit. This mission drives our organization to educate and provide housing for over 200 Lakota Sioux children each year.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think that St. Joseph"s Indian School is one of the best. They have been around for a long time, they help and support native americans. I hope people will donate

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

We are actually celebrating our 90th year of helping Native American families. We are thankful for your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

These students get an excellent education and in this day and age a grounding in moralities and acceptance of people. I'm proud of them and happy to help.

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

Thank you for your support! Children attending St. Joseph’s benefit from individualized care plans that follow nationally approved and accredited techniques. Friends who support St. Joseph’s help provide for every aspect of each child’s physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs.

Donor

Rating: 4

I support the school for many reasons but one of the most important is my native American heritage i'm one quarter chatah and my wife now deceased had Cherokee blood

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stjo1927 05/17/2017

Thank you for your support! 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.

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.

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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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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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.