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Teach in 2018

Looking to Change the World

December 17, 2018
Recently, a team of six Red Cloud students—all young women—traveled to Washington to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice—the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the United States. There, they presented on a powerful and painful topic: the alarming rise of indigenous people, and particularly women, who are murdered or go missing..........Read More

Nicholas Black Elk

A Saintly Voice: The Canonization of Nicholas Black Elk

December 17, 2018
People from around the world know of the famous book “Black Elk Speaks.” What is less well known is that Black Elk was also a leader right here at Red Cloud, as a part of the parish community that continues to celebrate his memory and keep his voice alive today. Last year the Diocese of Rapid City formally nominated Black Elk for canonization—the process of becoming a saint........Read More

Ethleen Cournoyer

Leading By Example

November 19, 2018
Today Red Cloud graduates make up approximately 25% of the organization’s employees—and that number continues to grows every year. Alumni serve in many different capacities and distinct roles—as teachers and administrators, as coaches and as counselors.....Read More

Steve Wilson

Red Cloud Graduate Steven Wilson

November 19, 2018
Thrust into the national spotlight for his powerful performances of the national anthem in Lakota, Steven Wilson ‘17 suddenly found himself with a platform for expressing his pride in being both Lakota and American. In this new profile, he explains how his Red Cloud community continues to support and encourage him as he moves through young adulthood........Read More

Art Show

The Red Cloud Indian Art Show: Tracing its Impact Over 50 Years

October 25, 2018
The Red Cloud Indian Art Show is a truly one-of-a-kind. It welcomes works from all Native artists, encouraging them to share their talent and to guide the narrative around indigenous experience. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, The Heritage Center recently opened an exhibition exploring the impact of the Red Cloud Indian Art Show—on campus, in the community, and in the art world........Read More

College Fair

Red Cloud’s Fifth Annual College Fair!

October 25, 2018
For many years, there was no college fair on the Pine Ridge Reservation—and students had to travel hundreds of miles to learn more about their options for post-secondary education. Then Nakina Mills, Red Cloud's director of student advancement and alumni support, decided to take matters into her own hands. Thanks to her work, students recently had the chance to attend Red Cloud’s fifth annual college fair........Read More

Lauren Big Crow

Making a Home at Red Cloud

October 25, 2018
Although former Red Cloud volunteer Lauren Big Crow was thrilled about the possibility of returning to campus as a full-time computer teacher, finding affordable housing on the reservation posed a huge obstacle to making that dream a reality. But today, thanks to a new initiative to recruit and retain the very best educators, Lauren is living in a brand-new housing unit right on campus........Read More

Anne Marie New Principal

Our New Elementary School Principal: Elevating and Empowering Students

September 28, 2018
Ann-Marie Amiotte has loved Red Cloud since she herself was a high school student here. And after more than a decade serving as assistant principal and dean of students, she is now taking the reins as elementary school principal. Here, she shares what she's looking forward to the most in this new role: empowering students to find their own voices, follow their own dreams and celebrate their Lakota identity........Read More

Ale Rama Coaching

Leading the Next Generation

September 28, 2018
Rising Red Cloud senior Ale Rama '19 isn't just a star athlete. He's a mentor and a role model who is committed to helping revitalize the Lakota language. As he says in this new article by the Argus Leader newspaper, "Knowing my language strengthens my identity as a person, and I want other kids to also have that chance.".......Read More

Special Awards Show

Special Awards at the 2018 Red Cloud Indian Art Show

September 28, 2018
What makes the Red Cloud Indian Art Show so unique? It creates opportunities for all Native artists, regardless of their previous exposure to the art world, to share their talent and perspective in the world. Here are the stunning works presented by some of this year's special award winners.......Read More

Moving Forward: Red Cloud’s Fifth Annual Lakota Language Camp

August 2, 2018
Early this summer, under a warm June sun, small groups of Red Cloud students ran across campus calling out to one another in the Lakota language. They were taking part in a Lakota version of the “Amazing Race”.......Read More

Water is Life in Our Art: A New Documentary Film by Red Cloud’s Fourth Grade Class

August 2, 2018
For the Lakota people, both water and art can serve as medicine—something that is essential to human life. This new documentary film—conceptualized, directed, and edited by members of Red Cloud’s fourth grade class—explores the sacred.......Read More

ALUM | Samantha Janis, 2007

August 1, 2018
Samantha Janis did not reach this point in her life by travelling in a straight line, and that turned out to be a very good thing. Samantha’s path has equipped her with a wide and nuanced base of knowledge.......Read More

Jean Roach : Hówašte Profile

August 1, 2018
Jean Roach’s goal, in her art and in her life, is to keep evolving. During her early years as an artist, Jean explored a variety of media, including beadwork and leatherwork, before ultimately specializing in silversmithing........Read More

Breaking Ground, Creating Hope: New Housing Comes to Red Cloud's Campus

June 29, 2018
Although summer is often a quiet time at Red Cloud, this month brought the sounds of new construction to campus. With the support of generous partners and supporters from across the country, Red Cloud has officially begun to build new housing.......Read More

Living in Faith: Celebrating Confirmation Candidates in Red Cloud’s Parishes

June 29, 2018
Each spring, members of Red Cloud’s parishes come together on campus to honor those who have completed the spiritual journey of being confirmed in the Church. This year, as their families and loved ones looked on, 21 Confirmation candidates completed their final rite of passage into the Catholic faith.......Read More

“My days here have truly been a gift” – Fr. George Winzenburg Announces His Departure from Red Cloud in 2019

May 24, 2018
For the last 14 years—six as a board member and nine as president—Fr. George Winzenburg, S.J. has served Red Cloud with energy, compassion, and grace, working tirelessly to create new opportunities for our students and families, artists, parishioners, and many more......Read More

New Red Cloud 2018 Graduates Look Ahead to Bright Futures

May 23, 2018
On May 19th, Red Cloud Indian School held its high school graduation—and the members of the class of 2018 completed one more step in their educational journeys.....Read More

Red Cloud Senior Finds Her Voice and Follows Her Dreams

May 23, 2018
Taylahni Jackson’s first year as a high school student at Red Cloud wasn’t easy. As a ninth grader, she lived in a community more than an hour away from main campus, forcing her to get up at 4:30 am to get to the bus on time....Read More

Weaving Together Two Spiritual Traditions

April 16, 2018
Honoring both spiritual traditions in its approach to education and compassionate service is the very reason why Red Cloud has been able to make a significant impact in the lives of students, families, and community members...Read More

Meet more of Our 2018 Seniors!

April 16, 2018
With graduation just weeks away, our seniors are getting ready to take on their college campuses this coming fall and summer. Meet three more members of Red Cloud’s class of 2018...Read More

Leading the Way: Six Lakota Lay Ministers Commissioned at Red Cloud

March 18, 2018
Just over three years ago, a small group of parishioners from points across the expanse of the Pine Ridge Reservation gathered to embark on a sacred journey. As candidates in the Rapid City Diocese’s Lay Ministry...Read More

Meet Some of Our 2018 Seniors!

March 16, 2018
Graduation is just around the corner, and our seniors are getting ready to take on their college campuses this coming fall. Meet three members of Red Cloud’s class of 2018 as they contemplate their futures...Read More

“Getting Things Done” – Honoring AmeriCorps Members at Red Cloud

March 15, 2018
At Red Cloud, AmeriCorps member serve as key staff on campus, supporting lead teachers as classroom aides, coaching athletic teams, organizing resources as librarians, and so much more...Read More

Honoring Native Artists at the Red Cloud Indian Art Show

February 16, 2018
Donald Montileaux is one of the world’s most prominent Native American artists. And for 50 years, he has been a part of the Red Cloud Indian Art Show. Learn how his ledger art helps to sustain Lakota culture for future generations...Read More

Cutting-Edge Technology Comes to Red Cloud’s Classrooms

February 14, 2018
Thanks to Red Cloud’s new technology plan, in classrooms across both our campuses, cutting-edge tools and software are helping students grasp challenging concepts and build their skills in everything from math to science to reading. It’s even helping students practice speaking Lakota!...Read More

Giving Back to Her Classroom

January 30, 2018
Red Cloud eighth-grader Justina loves to read. So when she was presented with the opportunity to donate a large collection of new books to her own middle school classroom, she jumped at the chance...Read More

Across Two Reservations, Building a Spiritual Community

January 22, 2018
Each winter, Red Cloud’s parish team creates a unique day-long retreat for confirmation candidates—both youth and adult parishioners who are preparing to take the next step in their spiritual journey in the Church...Read More

VIDEO: What Red Cloud Students Dream Of

January 12, 2018
In the news, the Pine Ridge Reservation is often described as a place of poverty and despair. But at Red Cloud, we believe that—no matter what they face in their lives—our students can and will achieve their dreams...Watch Here

Growing a Community of Lakota Language Learners

January 5, 2018
Have you ever tried to learn a new language? If so, you know that becoming a proficient speaker takes work, but comes more easily if you practice with others as often as you can. That’s why every Wednesday evening you will find families gathering on Red Cloud’s campus...Read More