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. Anthony Kluckman 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 better future for their children or grandchildren, Lakota families seek our help. Many of our students are in the custody of grandparents who – like many – are having a hard time meeting their own needs. They are facing abject poverty and unsafe living conditions. Our goal is absolutely not to replace family or culture, but rather to embrace it and to help the Lakota 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

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation 2020

Awards

Top-Rated Charity 2017

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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St. Joseph's Indian School

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Doug Knust

Dn. David Nagel

SCJ

Debbie Johnson

Kory Christianson

Fr. Ed Killianski

SCJ

Fr. Christianus Hendrick

SCJ

Fr. Jack Kurps

SCJ

Terry Johnson