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De La Salle Blackfeet School

De La Salle Blackfeet School

De La Salle Blackfeet School is a Lasallian San Miguel school located in Browning, Montana. The school is dedicated to creating an environment that recognizes the reality of God’s living presence and nurtures the dignity of each student within a supportive community of teachers, parents, and guardians. We aim to develop individuals who are:
  • Strong in self esteem, cultural identity, competence, and faith.
  • Sensitive to the poor and to the sacredness of all life.
  • Inspired to bring their full creativity to their personal lives

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Red Cloud School System

Red Cloud School System

More than 125 years ago, Red Cloud's very first students—around 100 Lakota children from grades one through eight—began their classes at what was then called Holy Rosary Mission School. This school was established at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. It was founded at the request of Chief Red Cloud himself; a group of Jesuits, Franciscan sisters and Lakota people worked together to construct the school's first building. At the time, Chief Red Cloud recognized the Lakota were facing irrevocable economic and cultural loss. His wish was for the Jesuits to educate Lakota children to "walk in two worlds" so as to survive in a rapidly changing environment, while still sustaining their Lakota identity. Still today, we honor that wish.

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St. Augustine Mission School

St. Augustine Mission School

St. Augustine Indian Mission is a K-8 Catholic school located on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in northeast Nebraska. St. Augustine serves children from both the Omaha and Winnebago Indian Nations. Since its founding by St. Katharine Drexel in 1909, the Mission has prepared its students for the future with solid academics and character formation. While remaining true to the Catholic tradition, the Mission also encourages the students to embrace their Native American culture and heritage.

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St. Charles Apache Mission

St. Charles Apache Mission

We see our students’ gifts as given by God and therefore take responsibility for returning them to God fully developed. Because the intellectual growth of our students is a spiritual imperative, St. Charles implements best practices in teaching and learning that result in significant gains for students. St. Charles provides a Catholic education of the highest quality within a safe and nurturing environment in San Carlos, Arizona. Our school provides a challenging, faith-filled, educational experience that serves as the foundation for a life lived in service to Jesus, the Church, and Community. St. Charles Apache Mission School is a member of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network in a partnership with the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education.

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St. Joseph Mission School

St. Joseph Mission School

People of the Acoma and Laguna tribal nations reside in this region of New Mexico, which is known for its scenic deserts and mesas. St. Joseph Mission School opened in 1923 in San Fidel. The school was built by Franciscan Brothers from the Cincinnati Province and was originally used as a public school. It later became a parochial school in the 1950s. The stated mission of the school is to “share the gospel hope through Faith, Academics, Culture, Environment, and Service. Through our Catholic Faith we are creating a culture of responsible citizens who are positive contributors to our ethnically diverse rural community.” St. Joseph’s alumni include high school valedictorians and salutatorians, accountants, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, teachers, engineers, business owners, and many tribal leaders of the Acoma and Laguna Pueblos.

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St. Mary's Mission School

St. Mary's Mission School

St. Mary’s Mission has served the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota for over 150 years. St. Mary's, founded in 1888, provides a quality preschool-6th grade Catholic education in a safe and healthy environment where children are immersed in learning, surrounded by the strength of the community’s faith, the power of our prayer, and the living witness of our belief and values.

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St. Michael Indian School

St. Michael Indian School

For more than a century, St. Michael Indian School has provided students from local Native American communities with a quality education rooted in Catholic values, while respecting Native heritage, teaching leadership skills, and enabling students to contribute in a culturally diverse world. St. Katharine Drexel founded the school in 1902 to provide a quality education rooted in Catholic values as a key to spiritual growth, empowerment, self-determination, and a better quality of life for Native Americans. Since then SMIS has grown in enrollment, educational offerings, and spiritual and church life at the Arizona-New Mexico border. Today SMIS has more than 390 students enrolled, from preschool through high school. These students participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, from the school's basketball program to the Drama Club and the Cardinal Maniacs.

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