2007-2008 Year in Review 

Message from the President

It is a delight to share with you the groundbreaking accomplishments occurring at Red Cloud Indian School. Truly, this is a historic time, and we recognize we are incredibly blessed by the friendship and support of the caring hearts that have joined in a vision to create a brighter future for Lakota children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

I invite you to read our 2007/08 Year in Review knowing that you are part of an amazing and worthwhile endeavor. I pray the success of our students will continue to grow as they move beyond the walls of the school. Once again, our students excelled academically. In the pages that follow, you’ll learn about the record eight Gates Millennium Scholarships received by our students, and our athletic teams that were named All-Academic honorees for their work on and off the court. Most exciting, perhaps, is that 100 percent of our graduates came to graduation with plans in place to further their education after leaving Red Cloud.

You see, despite the challenges created by poverty and unemployment on the reservation, the students are making courageous and positive choices in their lives. This good work extends beyond the classroom by strengthening families on the reservation with pastoral care. A youth ministry program thrived this past year, and volunteerism was at an all-time high. With artists from across the country, nearly 10,000 visitors enjoyed the 41st annual art show at The Heritage Center, where the culture and heritage of Lakota people is preserved through a permanent collection.

Thank you for your support. Together, we spark the hope the students depend on. Lila wopila tanka!

Fr. Peter Klink, S.J., President