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St. Joseph's Indian School

We serve and teach, we receive and learn

aka SJIS   |   Chamberlain, SD   |  http://www.stjo.org

Mission

St. Joseph's Indian School partners with Native American children and families to educate for life — mind, body, heart and spirit.

Ruling year info

1946

President

Mike Tyrell

Chaplain

Fr. Greg Schill SCJ

Main address

1301 N. Main St PO Box 89

Chamberlain, SD 57325 USA

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EIN

46-0235912

NTEE code info

Roman Catholic (X22)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

St. Joseph's Indian School is privileged to work with families who have chosen us to give their children a sound education and loving home-away-from-home. Seeking a brighter future for their children or grandchildren, Lakota families seek our help. Families face abject poverty and unsafe living conditions in SD reservation communities. Our goal is absolutely not to replace family or culture, but rather to embrace it and to help the Lakota (Sioux) boys and girls be successful individuals. One family at a time, the cycle is breaking.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Program

St. Joseph’s Indian School has two residential living programs on campus — the elementary program and the high school program. Both are tailored to meet the needs of the Lakota (Sioux) students in our care.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Non-adult children

Children attending St. Joseph’s benefit from individualized care plans that follow nationally approved and accredited techniques.

Children in elementary grades one through eight attend classes at St. Joseph’s Elementary School on campus. Children benefit from small class sizes (approximately 12 students per classroom) and one-on-one attention.

After eighth grade, students can enroll in St. Joseph’s High School Program. With capacity to care for 50 Lakota (Sioux) high school students, St. Joseph’s partners with Chamberlain High School to give our students a multitude of opportunities to participate in sports, fine arts and extra-curricular activities.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Non-adult children

Preserving and sharing the Lakota (Sioux) culture is a core part of our mission at St. Joseph's Indian School. In addition to Native American Studies classes for students and our annual powwow, the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center is located on campus for students and visitors alike to broaden their knowledge of the Sioux culture, more specifically known by their dialects — Lakota, Dakota and Nakota.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Non-adult children

St. Joseph’s Indian School’s Health Center, located on St. Joseph’s campus, is open daily and has ‘on-call’ nurse availability after hours and on weekends. Physician Assistants are available each morning during the week to see to the needs of our students and staff members.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Non-adult children

Summer Day Camp: At. St. Joseph’s Rising Eagle Day Camp, Lakota children from the Lower Brule and Crow Creek Indian Reservations take part in cultural arts and crafts, eat nutritious meals and thrive in a setting where kids can just be kids!

Bookmobile: Each summer, St. Joseph’s Bookmobile travels nearly 2,000 miles across South Dakota reservation communities to distribute free reading materials to children and families in need.

Women’s Shelter: Native American women are among the most abused — physically and sexually — demographic in the United States. Our center provides abused women and children on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation hope, safety and support in times of great need.

St. Joseph’s Thrift Store: In addition to monetary gifts, friends support St. Joseph’s children and families with gifts of clothing, toiletries and much more. Each of the items so generously donated are first offered to our students and their families through our home, school and outreach programs.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Non-adult children

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated Charity 2017

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Top-Rated Charity 2018

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Top-Rated Charity 2019

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Top-Rated Charity 2020

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Top-Rated Charity 2021

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Top-Rated Charity 2022

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Membership 2020

American Indian Catholic Schools Network

Membership 2022

Coalition of Residential Excellence

Accreditation 2021

Council on Accreditation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Multiracial people

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Years based on fiscal year results. The pandemic caused us to drop enrollment slightly to better accommodate children's health needs.

Number of physician visits that include exercise counseling

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Results are from fiscal years and include physician and nurse visits collectively.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers are on-campus enrollment; however, hundreds of other people are served through our outreach programs: - 730 children benefitted from Day Camp; 1500 people received free books; and more.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

St. Joseph's Indian School strives to break the cycle of poverty through providing care and an education to Native American children and families.

We are national leaders in advancing Native American lives.

Our Decade of Inclusion Challenges Us:
To partner with our students, their families and supporters to meet the strategic vision of national leadership, we will implement these four primary strategies:

1. We will stand firm in our strengths and knowingly maintain what we do well.
2. We will recognize and rectify our flaws.
3. We will reach and partner beyond our walls physically and digitally.
4. We will think and act boldly and ethically and lead the way nationally.

We will recognize and keep doing what we do well, improve upon our flaws, reach beyond our walls, and go boldly into the national conversation regarding Native life. We will be actively present in shaping our internal systems and showcase our mission on the national stage. We will take action. We will lead. We will be St. Joe Strong.

Within This Vision Are Several Bold Goals:
- Development of new measurements of student achievement based on Indigenous knowledge systems and St. Joseph’s Indian School’s expertise in teaching.
- Development of partnerships with nationally-recognized universities and foundations to share and increase knowledge, drive innovation and build human capacity within St. Joseph’s Indian School leadership.
- Continue to build a broader array of services and outreach planning between St. Joseph’s Indian School and our alumni and thiyóšpaye — extended family.
- Development of a St. Joseph’s Indian School-specific approach to addressing boarding school history.
- Development of a larger St. Joseph’s Indian School outreach strategy with a physical and digital footprint, providing additional educational opportunities and social interaction space.
- Development of a national media strategy for the Development Office.

Through our Circle of Care and modernized programming. St. Joseph's Indian School educations for life — mind, body, heart and spirit. Our approach embraces Catholic teaching alongside Native American spirituality and relational worldview. The wrap-around environment honors each student as an individual with specific needs that are met through the combined efforts of the student, their extended family, our supporters and every staff member on campus.

- Residential Living: St. Joseph’s Indian School has two Residential Living Programs on campus — the elementary program and the high school program. Both are tailored to meet the needs of the Lakota (Sioux) students in our care.

- Education: Children attending St. Joseph’s benefit from individualized care plans that follow nationally approved and accredited techniques. Friends who support St. Joseph’s help provide for every aspect of each child’s physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs.

- Culture: Appreciation of the children’s cultural heritage is infused in our daily routine both at school and in the homes. St. Joseph’s Native American Studies classes focus on Lakota language, culture and traditions. We have cultural experts on staff who teach about the Native American culture and also regularly invite Lakota (Sioux) elders and advisors to assist with ceremonies like Inípi, a purification rite, on campus. A variety of educational opportunities are provided for both students and staff alike.

- Health/Wellness: St. Joseph’s Indian School’s Health & Family Services Center, located on St. Joseph’s campus, is open daily and has ‘on-call’ nurse availability after hours and on weekends to fulfill the Native American health care needs of our students. Healthcare providers are available each morning during the week to see to the needs of our Native American students and staff.

- Counseling: Every student who attends St. Joseph’s Indian School receives comprehensive health services. As important as immunizations and regular check-ups are, it’s the mental health techniques of play, art, talk, group, and equine (our newest addition) therapies provided to our Native American youth that are perhaps more crucial and life-changing … even life-saving.

- Spirituality: Founded by the Priests of the Sacred Heart, our spiritual philosophy is to provide students with a rich base of Catholic faith and Native American tradition upon which they can draw for a lifetime, finding Thunkasila (Creator) in all things.

Through dedication and hard work, we are achieving our strategic goals. During FY 2022:
- We celebrated 95 years of service to Native American children and their families.
- 199 students were served on campus.
- Over $185,000 was awarded in scholarships to Native American students seeking higher education.
- 18,518 free books were given to adults and children living in South Dakota reservation communities.
- 28,813 meals were served from our dining hall.
- 3,153 medical visits took place in our campus health center.
- 250 food boxes were delivered to students and families.
- 88 students received specialized health services.
- And so much more!

Financials

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St. Joseph's Indian School

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Fr. Gregory Schill

SCJ

Dn. David Nagel

SCJ

Kory Christianson

Fr. Jack Kurps

SCJ

Terry Johnson

Fr. Vien Nguyen

SCJ

Larry Jandreau

Doug Knust

Sr. Catherine Bertrand

SSND

Bridget Martin

Jennifer Renner-Meyer

Dr. Emmet Kenney

Mike Tyrell

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data