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Red Cloud Indian School

AKA Red Cloud School

Pine Ridge, SD

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Red Cloud Indian School

Also Known As:
Red Cloud School
Physical Address:
Pine Ridge, SD 57770 2100
Web URL:
Fr. Peter Klink, S.J.
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Basic Organization Information

Red Cloud Indian School

Also Known As:
Red Cloud School
Physical Address:
Pine Ridge, SD 57770 2100
Web URL:
NTEE Category:
B Educational Institutions 
B20 Elementary, Secondary Ed 
X Religion, Spiritual Development 
X22 Roman Catholic 
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities 
A50 Museum & Museum Activities 
Ruling Year:

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Mission Statement

Founded at the request of Chief Red Cloud himself, since 1888 Red Cloud Indian School - also known as Holy Rosary Mission - has been serving the Lakota (Sioux)people of the Pine Ridge Reservation, especially the children on whom the future of this people depends. Red Cloud, with a predominantly Lakota staff, is a Catholic institution sponsored by the Jesuits and the Lakota people. Red Cloud's primary and secondary education programs strive to produce graduates proud of their Lakota heritage, grounded in solid religious and ethical values, and well prepared for both college and life in the complex world confronting them. Its pastoral services in sixteen reservation parishes allow it to support the families of its students as it works to build a strong local church. Its respected museum, The Heritage Center, celebrates the arts and crafts of all Native American peoples. Red Cloud strives to integrate Catholic faith and practice with the cultural and religious traditions of the Lakota people, while preparing the young people of the Reservation for an authentically Christian, authentically Lakota life in the contemporary world.

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Fr. Peter Klink, S.J.


Since 1998


Fr. Peter Klink, S.J. is a member of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). He holds degrees from St. Louis University in philosophy and political science, studied in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship, and completed his training for the Catholic priesthood at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. In addition to other assignments as a Jesuit, he has spent most of the past twenty-five years at Red Cloud, serving successively as a high school teacher, elementary school principal, Superintendent of Schools, Director of Development, and - since 1998 - President.

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Program: Red Cloud Indian School Programs

Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Native Americans/American Indians

Program Description:

Red Cloud operates two K-through-8 grade schools: Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary on its Porcupine campus, and Red Cloud Elementary on its Holy Rosary campus. Red Cloud Elementary School also offers a Montessori program for pre-school Lakota children. In addition, in the Jesuit tradition, Red Cloud operates a college-preparatory high school on its Holy Rosary campus. Enrollment in these three schools, all fully North Central accredited, totals about 600 students, 99% of whom are Native Americans. Their predominantly Native American staffs are assisted by about 25 Jesuits, Catholic sisters, and lay volunteers. Red Cloud's sixteen parishes are scattered across the 5,000 square miles of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, in a harsh land of breathtaking beauty. Some have small chapels, some large churches. Most have substantial parish halls, used extensively for community celebrations. The Heritage Center, located on the Holy Rosary campus, houses an outstanding collection of Native American paintings and artifacts. It serves as a wonderful tool to teach the Lakota children to be proud of the rich culture, which is theirs. Every summer an all-Indian art show attracts major artists and over 10,000 visitors from around the world.

Program Long-Term Success:

Success Preparing Students for College: Over 90% of Red Cloud's graduates continuing on to college-an amazing accomplishment for a reservation-based Native American school system drawing its students from a largely at-risk population

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