News from Red Cloud Indian School

Language Camp Inspires Students & Community to Use Endangered Language

In a shady meadow behind the football field, four tipis stood side by side. A small fire left a thin trail of smoke drifting through the trees.

After nearly seven years and more than $2.2 million, Red Cloud has developed the nation's first comprehensive K-12 Lakota language curriculum. For four days students and community members were immersed in Lakota language and traditional activities, as the school's Lakota Language Program took the new curriculum outside the walls of the classroom.

Learn more about the program, the camp and watch the beautiful video to find out why the first annual Maȟpíya Lúta Owáyawa Lakȟól’iya Wičhóthi (Red Cloud Indian School Lakota Language Camp) was a huge success!

 


 

Bible School Nurtures Culturally Sensitive Faith

posted July 16, 2014
Throughout June and July, six distinct vacation Bible schools are held in communities across the reservation for area youth. From Oglala to Porcupine to Allen, the programming has covered an area nearly the size of Connecticut since the 1960s.

Who was Saint Kateri Tekakwitha?

posted July 14, 2014
July 14 is the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized. For folks like Angie Stover, St. Kateri is source of strength for her and other Native-Catholic people on the reservation and across the world.

Help Students Win National Poetry Contest!

posted July 11, 2014
The Heritage Center partnered with Youth Speaks to bring the Raise Up contest to Pine Ridge. The poetry and spoken word contest challenged youth to address high school dropout rates while raising up their voice to national levels.

Community Comes Together at Heritage Center for Workshop

posted July 8, 2014
Unless you grew up in Japan, you might have missed out on the yajirobei, but artist Tadao Arimoto held a free workshop at The Heritage Center today allowing the community to express their creative side. 

Sisters of St. Francis Celebrate Decades of Service & Remember Sister Monica

posted June 28, 2014
The Sisters of St. Francis celebrate 75 years of service while reflecting on the life and legacy of Sister Monica Witte, OSF who spent much of her life in service of Lakota students at Red Cloud Indian School.

10 Reasons Why Red Cloud Indian School Stays Busy All Summer Long

posted June 18, 2014
By Sierra Concha '13
Red Cloud keeps students active during the summer while focusing on education and having fun with their friends! Alumna Sierra Concha’13 visited with staff and students in the schools, parish & The Heritage Center to see what’s keeping everyone so busy.

Teachers Take Red Cloud's Curriculum to the Next Level

posted June 13, 2014
Red Cloud continues to work in partnership with Bridgewater State University to put the school on track to graduate students that not only know the correct answer, but how to think critically about the question—a skill that top colleges are looking for.

Artist Profile: Dwayne Wilcox

posted June 8, 2014
Growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Dwayne could often be found drawing and painting in his free time. Later in life, he utilized the arts to grapple with life’s challenges and celebrations and as a way to reconnect with his community when he was away from home.

46th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show Opens to Rave Reviews

posted June 6, 2014
While the Art Show changes each year reflecting the ever-changing landscape of Native art, spectators at the opening of this year’s Red Cloud Indian Art Show were impressed with the innovation, intensity and quality of this year’s entries.

 

Graduation Photos!

posted June 1, 2014
On May 24th Red Cloud's Class of 2014 graduated under sunny skies amongst friends and relatives. Relive the events with photos from the annual Feather Tying, Baccalaureate Mass and Senior Slideshow, as well as the Kindergarten and 8th Grade graduations.

 

Two Sisters Establish Legacy of Good Will after 58 Combined Years of Service

Posted May 28, 2014
The sun was shining brightly Sunday morning as parishioners from the local community gathered to bid farewell to two Sisters on the Congregation of Notre Dame who have dedicated a combined total of 58 years to the mission of Red Cloud Indian School. 

Honoring the Accomplishments of the Class of 2014

posted May 24, 2014
At Red Cloud, graduation isn’t just one day of celebrating. Over the course of several days, students, parents, families, teachers and staff came together to honor the accomplishments of Red Cloud’s 39 graduating seniors.

 

Students Take Next Step in Realizing Catholic Lakota Spirituality

posted May 21, 2014
Red Cloud and the greater parish community are devoted partners in supporting the growth of students’ minds, bodies and spirits. As confirmation day grew closer, one student said she could feel she was ready for her next step in getting closer to God.

SD Capitol Building by Jake DeGroot, creative commons photo 

Students Gain First-hand experience of State and Tribal Government

posted May 15, 2014
Earlier this month, three Red Cloud students walked into the State Capitol Building and prepared themselves to experience the process of turning a bill into a law through the state’s mock legislature program.

By Supporting Language Reviatlization, A Student Discovers a Love for Teaching

posted May 9, 2014
Red Cloud’s nationally recognized Lakota Language Program is now more equipped than ever to help revitalize the endangered language. With the help of students like Bianca, student’s are not only learning the language, they’re helping teach it.

In Class: First Grade

Teacher Blog Series
Do you remember what it was like to be in the first grade? It was a time when you spent your days working hard at your desk to figure out how to read the hands of a clock, or how to add double-digit numbers, or to understand how a seed turns into a tree. In this short-term blog series, we follow Miss Kylie's first grade class as they learn and grow. Come on in!

 

Students Enter the Shark Tank: Business Professionals Listen

posted April 29, 2014
Local business owners, donors, and staff met at the first annual ‘Shark Tank’ business plan competition—organized by Red Cloud’s Economic Development Initiative—where students presented their plans for the future of business on the reservation.

 

Five Red Cloud Students Earn Gates Millennium Scholarship

posted April 25, 2014
This week, five seniors at Red Cloud Indian School learned they would receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship—one of the most competitive scholarship programs in the country—allowing them to go to college without incurring any debt.

 

New Chromebooks Bring the Digital World to Pine Ridge

posted April 23, 2014
This spring, students began writing college essays doing homework on 150 new Google Chromebooks. With the isolation and poverty of the reservation, students can now close the achievement gap that comes with decreased access to technology.

Read, Listen & Watch Students Address Environmental Issues

posted April 22, 2014
Happy Earth Day! Red Cloud students recently entered the “Voices of the Land” contest and were asked to address environmental issues and their role in protecting and preserving the planet and nature. See what these Native American students had to say.

Red Cloud Senior Prepares to Play Basketball at Chadron State College

posted April 17, 2014

Students and Parish Community Celebrate Holy Week

posted April 18, 2014
All across the reservation, the Red Cloud community is immersing themselves in spiritual contemplation during this Holy Week. From the parish hall to the classroom, it is truly a season of love, learning and deep reflection here on campus.

Students at Our Lady of Lourdes Celebrate Holy Week with a 20+ Year Tradition

posted April 17, 2014
With an April shower falling softly outside, staff and students gathered for a Easter tradition that has been passed down for more than 20 years. Fifth graders presented a Passion Play, telling the story of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection.

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Red Cloud Local Volunteers

Creating Positive Change at Home on Pine Ridge

posted April 12, 2014

 

Red Cloud Student Wins Disney Grant to Promote Nutrition on Pine Ridge Reservation

posted April 10, 2014
A recipient of the competitive Disney Friends for Change grant and a Youth Advisory Board member, Summer is already changing her community for the better despite being only 14 years old and a freshman at Red Cloud High School. 

 

Student Perseveres, Signs Letter of Intent to Play College Football

posted April 8, 2014

The Red Cloud Indian Art Show Set to Open June 1, Celebrates 46 Years on Pine Ridge

posted April 3, 2014
In the summer of 1969, a small art exhibition took place on the campus of Red Cloud Indian School. 46 years later the Red Cloud Indian Art Show remains a major annual event. The show opens June 1 and run through August 10, open daily with FREE admission. Over $7000 in prizes will be awarded in 24 different categories.

 

19 Bright Yellow Buses,
600 Brighter Futures

posted April 1, 2014
Most of the School’s busses are over 14 years old and pushing 300k miles. And the abuse of daily driving on rough reservation roads are making it difficult to keep up with repairs. We desperately need new vehicles to get students safely to school.

 

School Addresses Cyber-Bullying with Health and Well-being Series

posted March 29, 2014
More than half of students say they have been bullied online and suicide is a major issue on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Red Cloud Indian School’s counseling department is stepping up to the statistic in a series of healthy choices presentations.

 

The Heritage Center Opens Student Art Gallery

posted March 28, 2014
After weeks of planning and preparation, students at Red Cloud Indian School unveiled the a new Student Art Gallery at The Heritage Center and with it, an inaugural exhibition, curated by the high school’s art class.

Red Cloud Student-Athletes Play Alongside the Denver Nuggets

posted March 27, 2014

Community Gathers at Sacred Heart Church to Nourish the Body and Soul

posted March 24, 2014
Through the work and sacrifice of women like Wanda Standing Bear, Sacred Heart Church in Pine Ridge has become a staple in the community. Regardless of faith or religious denomination, the church welcomes all those in need of warm food, warm clothes—or simply fellowship.

Photo of BNP Youth Camp © Jessica Bryant, 2014

Students Gain Perspective From National Park Excursion 

IN THE NEWS — NPR
posted March 21, 2014
Students from Red Cloud learned about the geology, history, paleontology, land rights and law enforcement during a 4 day camp at Badlands National Park. Hiking, science lessons and a Q&A on the proposed Tribal National Park rounded out the experience.

Creighton University Medical Students Present on Health & Well-being at Red Cloud

posted March 14, 2014
Eight medical students from Creighton University traveled to Red Cloud to present on health and well-being in support of the children on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where suicide, diabetes and heart disease far surpass the national average.

Senate Candidate Rick Weiland Meets with Red Cloud Students

IN THE NEWS — Indian Country Today
posted March 7, 2014
During a day of meetings on the Pine Ridge Reservation, U.S. Senate Candidate, Rick Weiland participated in a roundtable discussion with students from the Lakota nonprofit, Red Cloud Indian School about education, the keystone XL, and public service.

Students Come Together During Read Across America Day

posted March 3, 2014

 

Drawing Lakota Lessons from an Anthem

posted February 28, 2014
Through engaging lessons like these, linking contemporary realities with Lakota history, Maka believes that his students are gaining a deeper understanding of their culture. Having that knowledge, he says, will help support a new generation of Lakota leaders.

Class of 2014: Supporting Each Other's Dreams, For College and Beyond

posted February 27, 2014
Red Cloud’s Seniors have sent over 170 applications to schools across the country with plans to pursue fields including healthcare, science, engineering and business. And the acceptance letters are rolling in! 

Students Raise Money for Leukemia Research, Jesuit Shaves Beard

posted March 5, 2014

 

 

Lakota Language Students Use Video to Practice Grammar

posted February 20, 2014
Waŋ, waŋží or waŋžíni—can you use one in a sentence? Lakota language students at Red Cloud are busy learning from the first-ever K-12 Lakota Curriculum, and they've made a video to help their classmates understand the grammar rules.

A Lakota Studies Curriculum for the Next Generation

posted February 23, by Maka Clifford '05
As the current teacher of the Lakȟóta Studies class in the high school, I believe in the possibility of a different Lakȟóta studies curriculum. One that acknowledges a proud but often disheartening past and transforms into a bright and open future.

 

 

Red Cloud Students Learn Connection Between Song & Culture

posted February 22, 2014

 

 

At The Heritage Center, An Intern Explore Her Roots

posted February 13, 2014
When I first came to The Heritage Center, I’d wanted to do an exhibition on the similarities between the Lakota and Hmong people—an indigenous group in Asia. Being Hmong, I knew both were nomadic tribes and challenged by poverty and access to education.  

Lakota Ledger Artist Visits Class as Part of Lesson on Heritage Art

posted Februrary 11, 2014
The Heritage Center’s Museum Educator, Brandie Macdonald worked with staff, students and a local artist to bring traditional ledger art directly into the classroom. She believes it has tremendous educational value for Native students.

Students Enter 'Voices of the Land' Art & Writing Contest

posted February 13, 2014

Savannah's Journey: Discovering a Love for Science

posted January 31, 2014
Savannah Jensen is just a few months from graduating. She’s busy finishing her college applications—Stanford is at the top of her list. But wherever she goes, it will be shaped by something she discovered at Red Cloud: her passion for science.

Six Students Earn Prestigious Horatio Alger Scholarship

posted January 30, 2014
Six students have been awarded the prestigious Horatio Alger Scholarship at Red Cloud Indian School—twice the number of any school in South Dakota and the most the school has had in a single year. 

Red Cloud Works to Increase Native American Representation in Science

posted January 29, 2014
Today Native American students make up less than one percent of those earning advanced degrees in science and engineering. But three years ago, Red Cloud set out to change that fact—starting right here on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

New Greenhouse Allows for Experiential Learning

posted January 28, 2014
Red Cloud's Superintendent says the greenhouse represents a unique opportunity for students to engage with their heritage, consider their place in the environment and work for change. It’s a tool for them to explore the timeless, yet dynamic world around them.

Our Lady of Lourdes' Library Gets a 21st Century Makeover

January 22, 2014
“Before this renovation, our library was seriously outdated. But now, entering the library, students have been amazed at the ease of finding many new books, as well as the old ones. It’s very well organized, and student feedback has been very positive." 

A Healthy Rivalry: Relatives Join Together to Cheer on Local Basketball Teams

January 10, 2014
This week, for the first time since 1992, the Pine Ridge Thorpes and Red Cloud Crusaders met on the court on Red Cloud’s campus in a field house packed with family and friends, cheering them on.

Fourth Grade Attends a 'Symphony Safari'

January 9, 2014
The sound of violins and horns filled the air as the orchestra began to play. Shortly after the first string piece concluded, a young student leaned over to her chaperone that day, Fr. Peter Klink, SJ. Without taking her eyes from the stage, she whispered, “this is magnificent!”

Building a Lakota Catholic Parish

January 6, 2014
Fewer Jesuits have come to the reservation in recent decades—a reflection of an overall decline in Jesuits across the country. Church leaders and Red Cloud educators believe the parish’s future now depends on the involvement of Lakota lay ministers.

Preserving a Heritage Art Collection in Isolation

January 3, 2014
As The Center’s Collections Manager, Mary Maxon spends her days preserving and maintaining its massive, 10,000-piece collection of Native art, nestled in the hills of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, more than 100 mi from Rapid City, SD.


Red Cloud at the 2013 Lakota Nation Invitational 

Decemeber 21, 2013
An overview of Red Cloud Indian School's involvement in the 37th annual Lakota Nation Invitational. Includes video, audio, photo gallery and slideshow, stories and results!

Photo by Chris Huber, Journal Staff

After Six Years and $2.2 Million, School Fights to Save Lakota Language

IN THE NEWS — Rapid City Journal
December 15, 2013
In this telling piece, Red Cloud Indian School is highlighted for leading the way in the preservation and revitalization of the Lakota language.

 

Image by Swikar Patel, Education Week

Education in Indian Country: Obstacles and Opportunities

IN THE NEWS — Education Week
December 4, 2013
In this comprehensive piece by the nation's premier publication on K-12 education, Red Cloud Indian School is highlighted through a multimedia look inside Native education.

 

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