More than 125 years ago, Red Cloud's very first students—aroudn 100 Lakota children from grades one through eight—began their classes at what was then called Holy Rosary Mission School. 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 world" so as to survive in a rapidly changing environment, while still sustaining their Lakota identity. Still today, we honor that wish.
St. Augustine Indian Mission is a K-8 Catholic school located on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in northeast Nebraska, serving children from both the Omaha and Winnebago Indian Tribes. Founded by St. Katharine Drexel in 1909, today the Mission strives to prepare 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.
De La Salle Blackfeet School is a Lasallian San Miguel school 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
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, is sensitive to Native heritage, teaches leadership skills, and enables students to contribute in a culturally diverse world. St. Katharine Drexel founded the school was 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. 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.
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. 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.