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Many years ago, when Father Henry acquired the buildings for St. Joseph's Indian School, he lost no time further developing our Native American school. 

The Lakota (Sioux) children attending St. Joseph's Indian School became very attached to the sisters.

St. Joseph's Indian School became
more home-like under the guidance
of the sisters in the early years.

  • Winter 1928: Fr. Henry went east to solicit sisters for the coming year. He was promised four sisters from Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania for the new school term: two teachers and two sisters for the housework. The salary the sisters demanded was a daily prayer for blessings on their community and for vocations.

  • September 1929: the Franciscan Sisters arrived from Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania a few days before school started. Sister Quitteria had 32 years of experience in the classroom. She was the first Superior of St. Joseph's Indian School. Sister Jeanne (teacher), Sister Columba, Sister Lillian and Sister Ambrosia took over the domestic charges.

The school bus brought 75 Lakota (Sioux) children from the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation to St. Joseph’s Indian School. The mission became more like a home under the guidance of the sisters, and many of the difficulties experienced the first year never made themselves felt in latter years. The American Indian children became very attached to the sisters.

Click below to read excerpts from the sisters' diary.

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