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

Red Cloud Indian School: Engaging in Audacious Hope

on Friday, 22 November 2019.

"The way in which our story is told is often framed in this very negative way. That it’s poor, that it’s crippled by alcoholism and poverty and drugs...

That this place has no future.

The story that should be paid attention to is not that people are living here in destitution, and it’s not that people who are still living here have given up.

There’s an element that is impossible to ignore which is the powerful spirit of this place."

- Maka Akan Najin Black Elk
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Red Cloud Indian School

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A Look Inside the 2019 AICSN Summer Institute

on Tuesday, 10 September 2019.

By: Collin Gortner

Planes, trains, and automobiles transported more than 40 teachers, school leaders, and stakeholders to the University of Notre Dame for the 2019 Amerian Indian Catholic Schools Network (AICSN) Summer Institute. Educators from all seven AICSN schools, as well as the Better Way Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, traveled to campus from Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, and South Dakota.

Play Like a Champion

on Monday, 08 July 2019.

By: Mikaela Ramsey

Two AICSN physical education teachers attended the Play Like a Champion Conference at Notre Dame. Read about more about their experiences by clicking "continue reading"

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!