• You are a grandma whose five grandchildren have been left on your doorstep. You can barely pay for your own medicine and a few groceries…
  • You are 10 years old and your three siblings are looking to you scrounge up something to eat.
  • You are 16 and determined to get to school every day, even though you have to walk 3 miles… but there’s a hole in your shoe and you have no idea where another pair will come from.

Since 1927, St. Joseph’s Indian School has offered help to Lakota (Sioux) people in these very situations.

Hungry, alone, without the things they need every day, children are suffering.

But, thanks to the generosity of St. Joseph’s tiyospayeextended family — of monthly givers, the Lakota children have somewhere to turn for help.

  • Native American families come to St. Joseph’s knowing their children will be warm, safe and have enough to eat.
  • After school programs keep students active away from the influence of drugs, alcohol and gangs.
  • Innocent children are spared the hardships of fighting for survival so they can learn and grow.
  • Counselors help them address the issues they have faced and deal with them in a healthy way.

And YOU can make sure that happens!

Students receive a top-quality education
At St. Joseph’s Indian School, students receive a top-quality education.

A simple monthly gift will make sure our Lakota students always have:
  • Safe homes and caring houseparents.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks every day so children never go to bed hungry.
  • Shoes without holes and an easy way to get to school.

Caring for the Lakota children who have nowhere else to turn is a tremendous expense … but it’s one that can’t be compromised. We must always be aware of the cost to care for these children and prepare for the worst.

Please, consider making your first monthly gift today and become part of our tiyospaye — extended family — of monthly givers!

Loving houseparents in each of our 19 student homes

Loving houseparents in each of our 19 student homes provide the Native American children with a safe, healthy home.

Annual powwow help the Lakota connect with their heritage

Our Native American Studies class and annual powwow help the Lakota (Sioux) boys and girls connect with their heritage.

One by one, people just like you make our work possible.

Pilamayathank you — for helping us meet each Lakota child’s basic needs. In addition, these precious children have access to college scholarships, programs that strengthen family relationships and cultural education for Native American children. Together we are making a difference in the lives of the Native American children who are counting on you!


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