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Phase II of the Lakota Language Project Cultivates

posted Decemeber 20, 2016
Recently, a fourth grade teacher at Red Cloud Indian School asked a group of her students to reflect on what it means to be able to learn Lakota, the language of their ancestors. One by one, they answered with excitement...Read More

The Power of Bringing Art into the Classroom

posted Decemeber 12, 2016
Audrey Jacobs, The Heritage Center’s museum educator, has always understood the power of images. As an art museum educator, she has focused her career on using artwork to enrich students’ learning experiences...Read More

December Hówašte Artist Melissa Hill

posted December 6, 2016
Growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Melissa Hill’s childhood curiosity blossomed into a passion for creating objects of both beauty and meaning. When she was just seven years old, her grandmother...Read More

Meet Alumni Tate Locust, 2004, Paramedic and Future Nurse

posted November 28, 2016
She never expected to pursue a career in healthcare, but in 2008, a chance meeting led her to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). She found her calling in emergency medicine and set out on a journey...Read More

Horse Nation Exhibit Core Artist Marlena Myles Finds Community Voices Through Artwork

posted November 18, 2016
Myles believes in using art to build cultural awareness—and she knew immediately she wanted to be involved in developing the Horse Nation Exhibition. She was inspired by the stories and histories of people...Read More 

Meet November Hówašte Artist Lorri Ann Two Bulls

posted November 4, 2016
For Lorri Ann, growing up on the reservation meant that art was always an intrinsic part of daily life. Exploring the Badlands as a child, she would immerse herself in creating something new with the objects...Read More

Former Volunteer—Now Red Cloud High School Principal—Awarded Yale University’s 2016 Yale Educator Award

posted November 9, 2016
When Marlee Kelly ‘16 was a freshman at Red Cloud, she developed a strong bond with her English teacher Clare Huerter. Over the next four years, Clare became a trusted mentor...Read More

Meet Alumna Kyla Woodard '10, Grad Student and Future Social Worker

posted October 13, 2016
After spending the first part of her life in California, Kyla Woodard returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation and found her cultural community and spiritual home...Read More


Wake Ministry Teams Offer Essential Support to Families and Communities Across the Reservation

posted October 6, 2016
Recently, on a bright Sunday morning, a group of Lakota parishioners from across Red Cloud’s parish gathered for a retreat in the sanctuary at Christ the King Church...Read More



Artist Profile: Juanita Kelso Quilts for the Future

posted September 28, 2016
While the craft of star quilting is often passed down from generation to generation, artist Juanita Kelso took it upon herself to learn how to create the beautiful star quilts that she creates today...Read More


Groundbreaking “Horse Nation” Exhibition to Open at The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School on September 22

posted September 21, 2016
Over a year ago, The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School and artist and filmmaker Keith BraveHeart began creating a new exhibition celebrating the bond between horses and Native peoples on the Great Plains...Read More

Three New Principals Ready to Lead and Forge Connections

posted September 13, 2016
On the first day high schoolers returned to Red Cloud for the school year, new principal Clare Huerter was beaming. She’d been waiting all summer to see the students again...Read More

Red Cloud Community Begins to Heal in the Wake of Bus Crash

posted September 9, 2016
On Friday, September 2, the Red Cloud community experienced a terrifying blow. After a long day of school, one of Red Cloud’s buses was struck head-on by a car traveling at high speed...Read More

Artist Profile: Amanda Simmons Passes Beadwork from Generation to Generation

posted September 1, 2016
The colorful and intricate materials used in traditional Lakota art often capture the attention of young eyes and tiny hands. Amanda Simmons ’04 picked up her first beading materials when she was only eight years old...Read More

In the Shadow of Crazy Horse: Red Cloud Graduate Completes Unique Cultural Summer Program

posted August 30, 2016
Each day this summer, Red Cloud graduate Jazzlyn Weston ’16 watched the sun rise and set around the Crazy Horse Memorial’s rocky mountain peak. Out her window, she could see the carved face...Read More

A Summer Devoted to Science: Senior Jacob Rosales' Prestigious NIH Internship

posted August 22, 2016
This summer, Jacob spent eight weeks in a lab at NIH’s National Institute on Aging working alongside some of the world’s top scientists seeking breakthroughs in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease...Read More

A Gift for Future Generations: The Charles F. Kilgore Collection Comes to The Heritage Center

posted August 19, 2016
This summer, at the request of Kilgore’s own descendants, his stunning collection became a part of The Heritage Center’s. Kilgore’s family always wanted a museum to care of his beloved artwork...Read More

The Evolution of an Exhibition: Community Voices Help to Define the Horse Nation

posted August 15, 2016
The powerful and irrevocable bond between the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and the Horse Nation is the subject of a groundbreaking exhibition set to open at The Heritage Center in the fall of 2016. More than a year ago, Heritage Center Director Mary Maxon started a series of...Read More

Seven Third Year Volunteers Look Back on Their Red Cloud Experience

posted August 09, 2016
Summer brought a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of another successful year at Red Cloud Indian School. It also turns the final page on another chapter for Red Cloud’s Volunteer Program...Read More

Renovations Bring New Life to Volunteer Housing

posted August 05, 2016
Walking through either of Red Cloud’s campuses, around nearly every corner you will find a volunteer serving the community. They might be teaching kindergarteners how plants grow, preparing the students to nurture their own plants in the school greenhouse...Read More

Red Cloud Student and Graduate Speak at Rapid City’s first TEDxYouth Event

posted July 29, 2016
Seven dynamic speakers took to the stage to share lessons from their own lives, two of whom have deep roots at Red Cloud Indian School: graduate Elyssa (Sierra) Concha ’13, a student in elementary education at Black Hills State University, and rising senior and poet Marcus Ruff ’17...Read More

Red Cloud’s Parishes Come Together to Celebrate the Joy of Confirmation

posted July 15, 2016
Over the course of this past year, a group of 27 young people from parishes across the reservation have been preparing for this momentous occasion in their lives...Read More

Meet Alumna Elaine Yellow Horse '03, Prosecutor for the Oglala Sioux Tribe

posted July 13, 2016
Growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Elaine Yellow Horse never expected to become a role model for young people...Read More

Creating Hope and Opportunity: A Conversation with Director of Student Advancement & Alumni Support Nakina Mills

posted July 06, 2016
Nakina Mills’ connection to Red Cloud runs deep. She first walked onto campus at three years old as a pre-kindergarten student—and stayed until graduating as class...Read More

Summer School Highlights—Art in the Classroom

posted July 01, 2016
On warm summer days, classrooms are often quiet and empty. But during the month of June, Red Cloud students’ voices filled the hallways as they created and illustrated their own works of art. Led by The Heritage Center’s Museum Educator...Read More

Red Cloud’s Greenhouse and Garden—Planting the Seeds of Change

posted June 30, 2016
This summer at Red Cloud, students taking summer courses are studying history, math and science in the standard way—at a desk and inside the classroom. But they are also experiencing a different kind of learning: outside...Read More

Third Annual Lakota Language Summer Camp Continues to Grow and Inspire

posted June 21, 2016
Red Cloud rising junior Elizabeth Cabrera beams as she shares her newest sentences learned during Red Cloud’s 3rd Annual Lakota Language Summer Camp. Elizabeth has been learning Lakota at Red Cloud since she...Read More

Red Cloud Graduates Take on the Ivy League

posted June 14, 2016
This fall, three Red Cloud seniors will take their place in the class of 2020 at three of the nation’s most elite colleges. Between them—Marlee Kelly, Jacob Cousin, Bobby Pourier—they were accepted at four of the eight...Read More

After 20 Years, Renowned Jesuit Photographer Places Red Cloud’s Calendar in the Hands of Emerging Lakota Artists

posted June 10, 2016
For the last twenty years, the award-winning photojournalist Father Donald Doll, S.J. has stood behind the camera, capturing images that reflect the beauty of Native culture...Read More

Red Cloud Student Athletes Push Limits

posted June 6, 2016
The spring season brought some extraordinary accomplishments for other student-athletes at Red Cloud. Jack Fast Wolf—who graduated as part of Red Cloud’s class of 2016—placed 5th at the state...Read More

Announcing the 2016 Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show Award Winners

posted June 5, 2016
The Red Cloud Indian Art Show is a juried competition, awarding over $7,000 in prizes in 24 different categories. With over 80 artists and 200 new works, it is our pleasure to announce this year's winners...Read More

48th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show Features Over 200 New Works by North American Native Artists

posted June 4, 2016
For the last 48 years, The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School has hosted one of the country’s most unique art exhibitions—a celebration of Native art actually held on Native land, on the grassy plains of the Pine Ridge...Read More

Class of 2016 Valedictorian Speech

posted May 26, 2016
Jacob Cousin '16 will continue his education at Brown Univeristy, studying theatre and dance. He spent last summer at Brown to participate in their prestigious TheatreBridge program. As a Gates Millenium Scholar...Read More

Get to Know Some of Our 2016 Red Cloud High School Graduates

posted May 20, 2016
We sat down with a few of our 2016 graduates after finals were complete to learn a bit more about their plans for the future. Meet Dylan, Matagi, John, Brianna, Terrell and Jazzlyn for a glimpse...Read More 

Meet Alumnus Dylan Fills Pipe ‘08, Assistant Program Coordinator for Native American Healthcare Scholars

posted May 17, 2016
After graduating from Red Cloud with a Gates Scholarship in hand, Dylan Fills Pipe ’08 began his studies at Creighton University and discovered a new passion for public health. Since graduation...Read More

Meet Shawn Espinosa, a craftsmen in One of the Most Ancient Lakota Mediums

posted May 16, 2016
Shawn Espinosa ’97 works primarily with parfleche as means of “keeping the tradition alive.” Growing up in the Lakeside community near Oglala, SD, Shawn found himself drawn to the traditional practices of creating Lakota art...Read More

Red Cloud Indian School Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Education John King to Campus

posted May 12, 2016
On Thursday, May 12, U.S. Secretary of Education John King visited Red Cloud Indian School to take part in a daylong forum on the state of Native education. Over 150 federal officials, Native educators...Read More

“A Moment of Joy” – Five Red Cloud Indian School Seniors Earn the 2016 Gates Millennium Scholarship

posted May 2, 2016
Spring is a time of new beginnings at Red Cloud Indian School. The hallways are filled with talk of the future—of starting college, exploring careers, and dreaming of new possibilities...Read More

At Sacred Heart, Wednesday Lunches Strengthen Community Spirits

posted May 4, 2016
On Wednesday mornings, Angie Stover wakes before dawn to make enough fresh bread to serve friends and parish members across the Pine Ridge community. Under her watch as pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Church...Read More

Honoring the Earth—Red Cloud Celebrates Earth Day through Service to Community

posted April 22, 2016
The entire Red Cloud community will come together to mark the 46th annual celebration of Earth Day. Across both campuses, students, teachers, and staff are preparing to get involved in a range of Earth Day activities...Read More

Visiting Poet Series Spurs Students’ Passion for Spoken Word

posted April 20, 2016
Spoken word—an art form that combines poetry with performance—has captured the hearts and minds of Red Cloud Indian School students. Many have written and performed their own poetry through Tȟéča Wówapi Káǧa Okȟólakičhiye...Read More

VIDEO: Two Red Cloud High School Seniors Sign to Play College Sports

posted April 18, 2016
Red Cloud High School seniors, Trista Merrival and Jack Fast Wolf, signed letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level. Trista will play basketball for College of Saint Mary and Jack will run cross country...Read More

Returning Home: Red Cloud Indian School Welcomes Back Mike Welch

posted April 15, 2016
From 1,800 miles away Mike Welch could hear the drumming all along. He could feel the vibrations from soft steps as the children danced to the drumbeats. He could smell the sweet dust in the air...Read More

The Heritage Center Selected to Participate in National Museum Assessment Program

posted April 13, 2016
The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP). Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower...Read More

Bringing Robots to Life: Red Cloud Students Discover the Excitement of Computer Science

posted April 6th, 2016
Over the last several months, 5th through 8th graders have been learning to program and control their own robots. It’s all part of a new learning module designed to help empower students with new computer science skills...Read More

Meet Miranda Red Cloud, a Driving Force in One of the World’s Rarest Jewelry

posted April 1, 2016
At a time when many young people are swamped with the pressures of high school life, a 15-year old Miranda Red Cloud was also learning the artwork of the Oglala Lakota people...Read More

AmeriCorps Members—Future Educators Bring New Energy to Red Cloud’s Classrooms

posted March 31, 2016
Early each morning in Red Cloud’s cafeteria, Lakota “Breeze” Fast Wolf loves to sit and greet her smiling first graders as they prepare for the school day ahead. As an AmeriCorps member at Red Cloud...Read More

Meet Alumnus Ken Franks '08, Enviromental Health Officer for Indian Health Services

posted March 29, 2016
During his time at Red Cloud, Ken Franks ’08 took a class in chemistry and developed a fascination with science. After graduating, he went on to study at Fort Lewis College, earning a degree in Public Health...Read More

A New Community Storytelling Project Launches on Campus

posted March 21, 2016
Today, fourth graders are learning about the power of storytelling in their own lives—and for their own generation. With support from the Better Way Foundation and the Indian Mission School Network, the fourth grade classrooms are launching “Our Community Story"...Read More

Arstist Profile: Bryan Douglas Parker, Winner of the Simon Award

posted March 18, 2016
As a child growing up outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, artist Bryan Parker was constantly drawing. After high school, craving direction, Bryan enlisted in the Army. He spent 14 months deployed in Iraq, but he never forgot his love of art and self-expression...Read More

Through a New Peer Counseling Program, Students Help One Another Succeed

posted March 9, 2016
When Red Cloud counselor Alicia Adams arrived on campus over three years ago, she immediately fell in love with the talent, joy, and promise she saw in her students..At the same time, she quickly recognized the extraordinary challenges that many Red Cloud students face...Read More

Major Grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation Support Innovative Exhibition

posted February 29, 2016
For the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota people who make up the Seven Councils Fire, the horse is more than just an animal. Rather than a tool used for work or travel, the horse has been cherished as kin since its reintroduction to North America more than three centuries ago...Read More

Last Chance: Campbell Soup Labels for Education Ending

posted February 26, 2016
Over time, Red Cloud Indian School has been a fortunate recipient of thousands of labels, providing books, library equipment and playground materials, according to Red Cloud Librarian Kathleen Siebrasse-Wittenberg...Read More

Red Cloud's Innovative Curriculum Accredited by AdvancED

posted February 16, 2016
Recently, Red Cloud staff, teachers, and students welcomed representatives from AdvancED to campus, located in Pine Ridge. AdvancED is a leading non-profit, non-partisan educational organization that has conducted rigorous...Read More

Horatio Alger Scholarship Opens Doors to Red Cloud Seniors

posted February 11, 2016
As graduating seniors at Red Cloud Indian School, Justin and Wayne were awarded the distinguished Horatio Alger State Scholarship last week, making them two of only 556 students nationwide to receive the scholarship...Read More

Ministry Formation Program Trains Lakota Lay Leaders to Lead

posted February 6, 2016
In parishes around the country community members gather to train and grow as lay leaders. The same is true on Monday evenings on the Pine Ridge Reservation where Lakota lay leaders are busy with coursework and conversations of faith...Read More

Tanaya Winder to Perform Spoken Word Poetry

posted February 5, 2016
Native poet and artist Tanaya Winder will perform her spoken word poetry at a free performance Wednesday evening March 2, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Cuny Commons at Red Cloud Indian School...Read More

New Exhibit Looks at the Evolution of Lakota Quilting

posted February 4, 2016
The Heritage Center’s gallery walls are now covered with vibrant, intricate quilts.Some feature the traditional sunburst design of the Lakota quilts that are often presented as ceremonial gifts to honor or remember loved ones...Read More

Lakȟól’iyapi Kičhímani: An Evening of Lakota Language for Families at Red Cloud Indian School

posted January 20, 2016
Since 2008, Red Cloud Indian School (RCIS) and its partners have advanced what they call the Lakota Language Project (LLP), a K-12 Lakota language curriculum focused on developing lifelong language leaners...Read More