Old classroom at St. Joseph's Indian School

Old classroom: Many alumni remember going to class in “the round school.” The move to a larger building created more classroom space and meant fewer students in each room. This allowed teachers to provide individual attention to each student.

Gathering over the Fourth of July weekend, former students of St. Joseph’s and their families visited our Chamberlain campus. They were amazed to see the many changes that have taken place over the years, and enjoyed catching up with staff and one another.

“It was a wonderful event,” said Mary Jane, St. Joseph’s Alumni Coordinator. “After lunch, we toured the campus, visiting various buildings that have been updated or changed over the years, like the museum.”

The building that now houses the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center was formerly where St. Joseph’s students attended class. In 1989, the classrooms moved to their present location facing the Missouri River. The switch provided more space, allowing the number of students in each class to be reduced, thus providing each student more individual attention.

To make use of the vacated space, the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center was born, housing St. Joseph’s collection of Native American art and artifacts.

Old playground at St. Joseph's Indian School

Old playground: Many changes have taken place at St. Joseph’s Indian School over the years. In this picture, students have recess in what is now the parking lot for the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center.

Alumni guests also had an opportunity to see a variety of photographs from St. Joseph’s early days, particularly the 1960’s and 1970’s.

What do you remember about St. Joseph’s Indian School? We love to hear from past students! If you’re a St. Joseph’s alum, contact St. Joseph’s Alumni Department now. For general questions regarding our alumni programs, click here to send us an email.


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