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Below you will find articles, podcasts, and videos about the American Indian Catholic Schools Network. Thank you for your interest!

AICSN Hosts Nigerian Sisters from St. Paul's Mission Grade School in Hays, Montana

on Monday, 01 July 2019.

By: Collin Gortner

Less than a year ago, five Catholic sisters from Nigeria arrived to teach at St. Paul’s Mission Grade School in Hays, Montana. The sisters—Sister Lilian Onovo, Sister Helen Onah, Sister Veronica Okachi, Sister Monica Iroakazi, and Sister Mary Charles (pictured left to right)—were born, raised, and educated in Nigeria, and the 2018-19 school year was their first time visiting and living in the United States.   

Lakota and Catholic: Jesuit education on the Pine Ridge Reservation

on Thursday, 06 June 2019.


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Maka Clifford was interviewed by Jesuitical, a podcast by America Media. Maka is the Director of Curriculum and Assesment at Red Cloud Indian School. He discusses his Catholic identity and the confluence between his Catholic faith and traditional Lakota spirituality. He answers questions about Red Cloud Indian School, his upbringing, and Pine Ridge Reservation. Maka also discusses his vision for the future of Red Cloud. This podcast was originally released on October 5, 2018. Please listen to this in-depth and wide ranging interview! 

ESS Student Honored for Research; Helps Secure Funding for Native Schools

on Thursday, 06 June 2019.

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Learn about how a Notre Dame undergraduate student played a pivotal role in securing funding for AICSN by exploring the connection between Catholicism and Native spirituality. Follow the above link to read the full story.

Dr. Collier and Maka Clifford on Catholic School Matters

on Thursday, 06 June 2019.

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After an opening segment, Dr. Tim Uhl talks with Dr. Brian Collier of American Indian Catholic Schools Network and Maka Clifford of Red Cloud Indian School. Dr. Collier's interview begins at the 25 minute mark and Maka joins the pod at the 53 minute mark. In both of these conversations, American Indian Catholic schools are discussed.  #catholicschoolmatters. Podcast was released on September 19, 2018.

Moira Coomes Named Superintendent of Red Cloud Indian School

on Friday, 23 June 2017.

By: Kathleen Rocks

Moira Coomes

Photos © Red Cloud Indian School/Willi White

Ms. Moira Coomes has been named Superintendent of Schools for the Red Cloud Indian School. Coomes, the first woman to hold this job, will oversee the three schools in the Red Cloud School System.