St. Joseph's Indian School opened its doors in 1927 to care for needy Lakota (Sioux) children.

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Education and Services

  • No tuition is charged and St. Joseph's Indian School provides for all the needs of over 200 students. Everything from food and clothing to education, counseling and health care is provided.

  • Loving houseparents live in the homes with 12 children. With a 6:1 student adult ratio, the children receive quality care and attention. We have 21 student homes.

  • Our elementary school has small class sizes (12 students) and one-on-one attention. The students are taught all of the basics along with Lakota Studies and religious education.

  • Our high school students attend Chamberlain High School and receive support of houseparents and group home living on St. Joseph's campus. In high school, the Native American students take part in a variety of activities and are integrated into a culturally diverse atmosphere to encourage future success.

Family and Culture

  • The Lakota culture is held in high regard at the school and is incorporated into our daily programs. Our students have their own drum group, and a number of children regularly dance in powwows across the state. Each fall we host our signature American Indian Day powwowwacipi — weekend.

  • St. Joseph's works not only with the students, but also their families. Our Sacred Hoop Tiyospaye Center, located on campus, invites families for social events as well as counseling and other life skill classes.

  • The Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center is open year-round to share Lakota culture with visitors from around the world.

  • St. Joseph's outreach programs extend across South Dakota. Through your gifts, we are also able to help provide programs and services to Lakota (Sioux) families on reservations throughout South Dakota.

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