News from Red Cloud Indian School


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 

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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