Beating the Toughest Odds, New Graduate Accepted to Seven Ivy League Colleges

One student at Red Cloud High School defied the negative statistics that continue to plague young people on Pine Ridge. Not only is nineteen-year-old Jacob Rosales going to college this fall, but he was accepted into seven of the nation’s eight Ivy Leagues. 



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Catch up with Alumna Marissa Pitts '06

September 8, 2017
For Marissa, Red Cloud’s valedictorian in 2006, finding common ground with others has made all the difference in her life. Her experience moving halfway across the country and working as a nurse...Read More

Discover Hówašte Artist Mikayla Patton

September 5, 2017
Mikayla Patton was halfway through high school before she had the chance to take her first art classes, first in photography and then in drawing. But her teachers immediately recognized her talent and...Read More

A Conversation with Maka Clifford ’05: Red Cloud’s New Director of Curriculum and Assessment 

August 25, 2017
After going to college in San Francisco, teaching abroad in Japan, and earning his Master’s Degree at Columbia University in New York City, graduate Maka Akan Najin Clifford '05 fulfilled his dream of returning to Red Cloud’s...Read More

You Can Make a Difference – Keep Red Cloud’s Buses Rolling!

August 22, 2017
This month marks the beginning of a new school year. And that mean’s Red Cloud’s buses are once again on the roads, crisscrossing the 3,500 square miles that make up the Pine Ridge Reservation...Read More

Meet Alumna Tamera Miyasato, 1997

August 15, 2017
After developing a breadth of knowledge through a variety of educational and professional experiences, Tamera is now focused on supporting effective education in South Dakota schools and reconnecting high school students with their Lakota values...Read More

Changing Roles – Red Cloud Graduates Return to Campus as Interns

August 10, 2017
This summer, a group of six talented Red Cloud graduates returned to campus to serve as interns in the Community Relations office. As a team, they learned to give campus tours to visitors, to assist in the work of Red Cloud’s advancement staff, and...Read More

Charting a New ‘Faith Future’ at the Annual Tekakwitha Conference

August 4, 2017
The year’s conference was one of the largest in recent years—and members of Red Cloud’s parish team worked tirelessly to make the conference a success. From serving on the planning committee and leading workshops and...Read More

The Next Generation of Lakota Leaders: Red Cloud Featured in The Atlantic Magazine

August 3, 2017
In August, Red Cloud was featured in two deeply stirring articles published in The Atlantic magazine. Both pieces look closely about the ways in which Native youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation...Read More

Hówašte Artist Micheal Two Bulls

July 28, 2017
As a child, Micheal Two Bulls was surrounded by creativity. As part of a large extended family of Native artists, Michael watched his aunts and uncles create everything from intricate beadwork and work carvings to contemporary...Read More

Summer School at Red Cloud: A Time to Create

July 21, 2017
Audrey Jacobs, The Heritage Center’s Museum Educator, is passionate about bringing the collection into the classroom and inspiring students to create their own art. This summer she organized a range of activities for Red Cloud’s summer school students...Read More

Red Cloud Receives Federal AmeriCorps Grant

July 18, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Corporation for National and Community Service recently awarded Red Cloud a highly competitive, one-year AmeriCorps grant...Read More

In their Words—Red Cloud Students as Spiritual Leaders

July 13, 2017
Each day, community members engage in active dialogue on both Jesuit and Lakota spirituality. And together, their shared practice defines Red Cloud’s mission and identity...Read More

Announcing the 49th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show Award Winners

July 12, 2017
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 150 new works, it is our pleasure to announce this year's winners...Read More

Caught up with Alumna Kristin Weston '06

July 10, 2017
Her personality and drive have led her to pursue a career in nursing that involves working 13-hour night shifts in the High Risk Labor and Delivery Department at Methodist Women’s Hospital in Omaha...Read More

‘Our language strengthens us’—Community Gathers for the Annual Lakota Language Camp

July 5, 2017
For sisters Carrie and Brianna Beard—both recent Red Cloud graduates—learning to speak the Lakota language isn’t something they do for themselves. It’s about restoring the strength of their culture and community...Read More

One Mission, Two Spiritual Traditions: Tekakwitha Conference Brings Native Catholics Together

June 30, 2017
Pastoral associate Angie Stover has been a driving force in planning the annual Tekakwitha Conference. "It’s an opportunity for people to rejoice in the fact...Read More

“Native Pop” Introduces Pine Ridge Students to New Definitions of Native Art

June 21, 2017
All through this winter, the pure white walls in The Heritage Center’s gallery were alive with the vibrant color and bold graphics of “Native Pop.” Created by a collective of established and emerging Native artists, the exhibition uses the power of...Read More

Curriculum Development Expert Moira Coomes Becomes Red Cloud’s New Superintendent

June 19, 2017
After five years as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Moira Coomes has been named Red Cloud Indian School’s new Superintendent of Schools, the first woman to hold the position...Read More

Beating the Toughest Odds, New Graduate Accepted to Seven Ivy League Colleges

June 13, 2017
One student at Red Cloud High School defied the negative statistics that continue to plague young people on Pine Ridge. Not only is nineteen-year-old Jacob Rosales going to college this fall, but he was accepted into seven of the nation’s eight Ivy Leagues...Read More

Meet Kaylynn Two Bulls, Class of 2007 Alum

June 9, 2017
Kaylynn believes that higher education holds the key to a bright future for her community. Just as teachers at Red Cloud gave Kaylynn the push to believe that college was possible, her role as a Jump Start Advisor at the South Dakota School of Mines...Read More

Science Scholars Program Leads Red Cloud Graduates to Pursue Degrees in Health and Medicine

June 7, 2017
For five of Red Cloud Indian School’s newest graduates, the last year has been filled with opportunities to explore the world of science. Each student was selected to participate in the Native American Healthcare Scholars Program...Read More

New Lakota Language Revitalization Efforts Take Shape at Red Cloud

May 26, 2017
Last fall, a group of Red Cloud students took part in a ceremonial buffalo kill. The Lakota people have a historical, deeply spiritual connection to the buffalo—or tȟatȟáŋka. As part of a school service program, this group of young men wanted to teach...Read More

Confirmation Candidates Complete a Spiritual Journey

May 25, 2017
On a recent Sunday afternoon, the stirring sounds of traditional Lakota drumming drifted from inside Holy Rosary Church and across Red Cloud Indian School’s campus. Inside, a group of families, relatives, and friends gathered for a special Mass...Read More

49th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show to Feature Original Works by North American Native Artists

May 23, 2017
Each summer, for nearly half a century, the Red Cloud Indian Art Show has celebrated the work of Native artists from tribes across North America. As the only show of its kind held on a reservation, it has emerged...Read More

Celebrating their Accomplishments: Red Cloud’s Newest Graduates Earn Over $2 Million in College Scholarships

May 22, 2017
This weekend, Red Cloud Indian School held its high school graduation—and the 42 members of the class of 2017 completed one more step in their educational journeys...Read More

Meet Some of Our Graduating Seniors

May 20, 2017
We sat down with six seniors and talk about their upcoming plans, lessons they've learned from their time at Red Cloud and dreams for the future...Read More

Honoring the Voices of Lakota Artists

May 8, 2017
Once each month, Carmen Little Iron opens the doors of The Heritage Center’s gift shop and prepares to welcome artists from across the Pine Ridge Reservation. Wednesdays are buying days, when artists come to share their most recent work...Read More

May Hówašte Artist: Rochelle Goings

May 5, 2017
As a child, Rochelle Goings watched both her grandparents practice the ancient art of quillwork—a skill that had been passed down to them by their own ancestors. As members of the Red Cloud family, they served as keepers of this traditional Native art form...Read More

Healthy Life Choices Workshops Shed Light on the Challenges Facing Pine Ridge Youth

April 27, 2017
Red Cloud High School students spend the vast majority of their class time grappling with advanced concepts in math, exploring new periods in history, or mastering new conversations in the Lakota language. But this week, as part of a series of Healthy Life Choices...Read More

Educating the Whole Child: Student-Athletes Shine at Red Cloud

April 21, 2017
At Red Cloud, education isn’t just about what happens inside the classroom: the goal is to provide holistic support that nurtures each student’s mind, body, and spirit. Student-athletes like Mariah say that being involved in sports makes them stronger...Read More

Catching Up with 2002 Alumna Tracy Charging Crow

April 6, 2017
From rigorous academic training to the challenge of working with nervous patients, Tracy’s drive and commitment to her goals has propelled her to success in her career...Read More

Meet April Hówašte Artists: Denise Brown Eyes and Kristina Iron Cloud

April 1, 2017
In Denise Brown Eyes’ family, quilting is an artform that has been passed down from one generation to the next. Growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, her first role models were her many aunts who taught her to sew...Read More

College Readiness at Red Cloud Starts Freshman Year

March 30, 2017
The process of preparing for college—from selecting schools and writing admissions essays to applying for scholarships and financial aid—can quickly become overwhelming. And that’s exactly why Red Cloud has created a holistic system to support students...Read More

Magis Volunteer Teachers Promote Excellence at Red Cloud

March 23, 2017
Red Cloud’s partnership with the Magis program began over a decade ago, and over the years, more than 20 Magis volunteers have served on campus as core members of the teaching staff...Read More

Making Lakota Immersion Education a Reality on the Pine Ridge Reservation

March 20 2017
On a crisp fall morning this winter, a group of kindergarteners at Red Cloud Indian School gathered around their teacher to listen to the classic story Where the Wild Things Are. But the teachers in this particular classroom did something different...Read More

Seven Red Cloud Students Awarded the 2017 Horatio Alger Scholarship

March 10, 2017
Each spring members of Red Cloud’s senior class wait patiently for news about the scholarships they hope to earn and the colleges they hope to attend. And last month, seven seniors received the exciting news they were waiting for...Read More

Acclaimed Native Poet Natalie Diaz to Teach and Perform at Red Cloud

March 7, 2017
Native poet and indigenous language advocate Natalie Diaz will be on campus this week as part of The Heritage Center’s Visiting Poet Series. In addition to leading workshops with Red Cloud high school students...Read More

February Hówašte Artist Virgil Poafpybitty

February 8, 2017
The art of carving pipestone runs in Virgil Poafpybitty’s blood. Growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, he watched as his grandfather created intricate pipes, even helping at times...Read More

The Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University Highlights Art from The Heritage Center

January 26, 2017
Next month, in honor of Fr. Zuern’s legacy, his alma mater—Marquette University—will host an exhibition featuring 21 priceless pieces from The Heritage Center’s...Read More

Supporting a New Generation of Native Scientists

January 23, 2017
Each year, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) hosts a one-of-a-kind, national conference focused on advancing the work of Native scholars in the STEM fields...Read More

Copyrighted and in the Classroom: Red Cloud Publishes Original Lakota Language Books

January 18, 2017
Over the last year, the LLP team has been hard at work writing, editing, and publishing their own Lakota readers. These brightly illustrated story books are designed to help students...Read More

Honoring Two Religious Traditions: Parish Team Launches Lakota Catholic Radio Hour

January 13, 2017
Almost every Friday afternoon, the sounds of beautiful, historical hymns float over the radio waves and across the rolling hills of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The familiar melodies come from the Christian tradition—but the words themselves...Read More

Celebrating Student Awards from the 40th Annual Lakota Nation Invitational

January 11, 2017
High school faculty, staff and students gathered in the Paul "Dizzy" Trout Memorial Fieldhouse to celebrate and honor the many student participants in the 40th Annual Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) held in December...Read More

Preparing for a Sacrament: Day-Long Retreat Inspires Confirmation Candidates

January 5, 2017
On a frigid morning in December, Red Cloud parishioners from across the reservation gathered in the warmth of Christ the King Church, in the small community of Porcupine, SD. They came together for a day-long retreat designed to support...Read More

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

Red Cloud at the 39th Annual Lakota Nation Invitational

posted December 21, 2015
Winter storm Echo—dumping nearly a foot of snow in the region—did not put a damper on this year's 39th Annual Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI), a tournament of the mind and body. This year's LNI challenged our students and athletes to test their limits...Read More

Elementary Students Shine at Christmas Concerts, Sing Song in Lakȟóta

posted December 14, 2015
Tis' the season to be merry! Students of Red Cloud Elementary and Our Lady of Lourdes, wearing their holiday best, celebrated the Christmas season in fun musical fashion! From a cappella classics to joyous sing-alongs, the annual Christmas concerts were the biggest hits...Read More

2nd Annual Red Cloud Indian Youth Art Show is Now Accepting Submissions

posted December 4, 2015
The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School is proud to announce submission are now open for the 2nd Annual Tȟéča Tȟawókaǧe (Young People’s Creations)...Read More

Call For Entry CLOSED for Quilt-n-Textiles Show at The Heritage Center, Deadline December 16th

posted November 30, 2015
The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School hosted a Call for Entry to artists who work with quilts and other textiles. This opportunity was open to enrolled members of Federally Recognized Tribes...Read More

The Heritage Center kicks-off its Visiting Poet Series

posted November 05, 2015
The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School kicked off its first-ever Visiting Poet Series. The new series includes public performances and workshops with students from area schools. The Heritage Center welcomed...Read More

Red Cloud Elementary and Our Lady of Lourdes Libraries Receive New Books

posted October 26, 2015
Recently 428 new library books were donated to the elementary libraries of Red Cloud Indian School (RCIS) and Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL) from Coughlan Companies. Coughlan is a family owned business based...Read More

Professional Development gives Red Cloud Teachers Access to Master Teachers

posted October 23, 2015
Sitting in the assistant principal’s office in the elementary school, Moira Coomes types away at her computer. “The great thing about this project is that we set these goals and we are now getting to a point where...Read More

Red Cloud Hosts Reservation College Fair for Second Year

posted October 21, 2015
Buses full of students from schools across the Pine Ridge Reservation pulled onto Red Cloud Indian School’s campus to participate in the 2015 Pine Ridge Planning Days. Over 40 state and regional colleges and universities from the midwest...Read More

South Dakota Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem Visit Red Cloud

posted October 16, 2015

On Thursday, October 15th, Fr. George Winzenburg, S.J., president of Red Cloud Indian School, welcomed South Dakota Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem as they stopped by for a visit...Read More

Former president of Bridgewater State University visits Red Cloud

posted October 02, 2015
We were honored to welcome to campus Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, president emeritus of Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Dr. Mohler-Faria has brought about some great improvements and progress for our students...Read More

Listening to the heart of Ignatius in the voice of Pope Francis!

posted September 24, 2015 
This is what we are all about,” Fr. Peter Klink, the Vice President for Mission and Identity, said about the address of Pope Francis to a joint session of Congress on September 24...Read More

Catholic Social Services to honor the late Fr. Bill Pauly, S.J.

posted September 18th, 2015
“Bill had great faith and a very large heart. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the ways in which he touched so many lives here on the Pine Ridge Reservation and in the Diocese of Rapid City,” said Fr. Peter Klink, S.J., who served as president of Red Cloud...Read More

Alumni Profile: January Tobacco '13

posted August 26th, 2015
January Tobacco ‘13 graduated as valedictorian from Red Cloud High School and has continued to thrive in her studies at Stanford University. She is about to start her third year and will be the Ethnic Theme Associate at the Native Theme house Muwekma...Read More

Jesuit in Regency: Garrett Gundlach, S.J.

posted August 20, 2015
Each year the Red Cloud Indian School community is fortunate to include a Jesuit in the regency stage of his formation. Recent "regency greats" have included founding Editor-in-Chief of The Jesuit Post Paddy Gilger, S.J., Creighton University President...Read More

Praying with Kateri in Louisiana

posted August 14, 2015
On July 22nd, twenty members of Red Cloud Indian School’s parish, who are members of the Pine Ridge Reservation Kateri Circle, journeyed to Alexandria, Louisiana to attend the 76th Annual Tekakwitha Conference...Read More


Leaving No Stone Unturned: Red Cloud Seniors Make the Most of their Summers

posted July 31, 2015
It is his second summer at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke, Bobby Pourier ‘16 has been participating in research focused on Parkinson’s disease...Read More

Red Cloud Indian School Welcomes Walt Swan Jr. as the New Superintendent of Schools

posted July 21, 2015
For the past 16 years, Swan has served in a variety of capacities within Indian Education. He has served Indian students as a Teacher (including here at Red Cloud in 2000 teaching social studies)...Read More

Red Cloud to Bridgewater - Student Blogs

posted July 19, 2015
Eight rising sophomores from Red Cloud Indian School—Joshua, Emily, Masina, Kane, James, Lala, Lorna, and Liz—were selected to participate in the Bridge Program at Bridgewater State University (BSU) located in Massachusetts...Read More

Being Active Through Lakota Language

posted July 17, 2015
The summer can be a time of quiet reflection on Red Cloud Indian School’s campus with students on summer break. Yet the sound of basketballs and sneakers can be heard on the gym floor. This summer the Lakȟótiya Škíŋčiyapi...Read More

Red Cloud Senior at Prestigious Theatrebridge Summer Program

posted July 6, 2015
Traveling 2,000 miles is an adventure. Spending a summer that far away from home, however, is daunting. But Red Cloud High School senior Jacob Cousin ‘16 is loving every minute of it. That is because Jacob is in residence at Brown University...Read More

Red Cloud Country: Blending Faith

posted June 25, 2015
If you were to visit Red Cloud Indian School, chances are you would be treated to a tour by Rilda Means '08 or Jimi LaPointe '03. You might start your tour in the award-winning Holy Rosary Church. And after a walk back through time, recounting notable events...Read More

Learning Continues During the Summer

posted June 24, 2015
During the summer, buses line the front of the school every morning and afternoon. Students are in the classroom, in the lunchroom and on the playground five days a week. Although the school year ended, 132 students eager to continue their education...Read More 

2nd Annual Lakota Language Camp Comes to a Successful End - Recap Blog

posted June 19, 2015
It was a misty and rainy morning as camp staff, parents and students began checking in for the 2nd Annual Maȟpíya Lúta Owáyawa Lakȟól’iya Wičhóthi. During the four-day camp Red Cloud Indian School students and alumni engaged in language-learning...Read More

Maȟpíya Lúta Owáyawa 2015 Lakȟól’iya Wičhóthi - Daily Blog

posted June 10, 2015
by Sierra Concha (Class of 2013)
Today marks the first day of the 2nd Annual Lakȟól’iya Wičhóthi (Lakota Language Camp). There were spots for thirteen students this year and all are full...Read More

Announcing the 2015 Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show Award Winners!

posted June 10, 2015
The Red Cloud Indian Art Show is a juried competition, awarding over $7,000 in prizes in 24 different categories. It is our pleasure to announce those winners...Read More

The 47th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show Opens!

posted June 9, 2015
Smaller pieces, making for a distinct visual experience. New and long-time artists exploring new mediums. History and modern interpretation colliding on canvas. This year’s Red Cloud Indian Art Show continues to impress, surprise, and redefine...Read More

Celebrating Our Graduates 

posted May 27, 2015
Skies were grey but their spirits were not. The morning of Saturday May 23, our graduates stepped across the stage with the support of their families cheering them on to the next step of their journey...Read More

Get to Know Our Graduates!

posted May 18, 2015
We caught up with some of our 2015 graduates as they were cleaning out their lockers and preparing for graduation this weekend. Meet our seniors... 

Photographer Holds Workshop, Students Empowered to Tell Their Own Story

posted May 9, 2015
Earlier this month, with generous support from the Lannan Foundation and Santa Fe Arts Institute, The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School invited acclaimed documentary photographer Carlan Tapp... 

Red Cloud Junior, Inspired by Alumni, Fills Summer with Stem Opportunities

posted May 5, 2015
Bobby is busily planning his summer and his future between homework, after-school programming, an active social and community life. This summer he’ll be returning to the National Institutes of Health...

Students Celebrate Earth Day with Environmental Science Fair

posted April 27, 2015
The school welcomed students from across the reservation to Red Cloud's Earth Day celebration and environmental science fair. 

Cultural Field Trip Highlighted by South Dakota Public Broadcasting

posted April 17, 2015
Students traveled to historic petroglyphs in the sacred Black Hills during a recent field trip as part of an ongoing effort to connect Lakota culture and language, art, and...

Lakota Studies Teacher Highlighted on Front Page of Regional News

posted April 7, 2015
IN THE NEWS - Rapid City Journal
Red Cloud's Lakota Language Department chair, Philomine Lakota was featured in the Sunday edition of the Rapid City Journal for her work... 

University Graduates Find Meaningful Experience at Red Cloud as Volunteers

posted March 25, 2015
IN THE NEWS - Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount University will send two full-time post-graduate volunteers to Red Cloud Indian School next academic year. The volunteers...

Heritage Center Announces Community-influenced Art Project on The Horse Nation

posted March 19, 2015
The Heritage Center is taking their mission to the next level with the announcement of their community-influenced art project focusing on the connection between the Šúŋkawakȟaŋ Oyáte (the Horse Nation) and Native peoples of the northern plains.

AmeriCorps Program Continues to Benefit a High-quality Education

posted March 13, 2015
“Our AmeriCorps members have a tremendous impact in the school,” says Ted Hamilton, Red Cloud’s superintendent. Each year at Red Cloud Indian School, AmeriCorps members provide upwards of 40,000 hours of service...

Staff Highlighted for Work as Coach, Counselor & Community Activist

posted March 12, 2015
Counselor and coach, Amanda Carlow was featured on the front page of the Rapid City Journal for her good work as a counselor, community activist and winning girls basketball coach. Coach Carlow has worked tirelessly...

Red Cloud Graduate Exceeds Expectations in University Lakota Class

posted March 5, 2015
IN THE NEWS - The Volante
The following article was published in The Volante, the University of South Dakota's student-run newspaper and news website. Colton Sierra graduated from Red Cloud... 

Red Cloud Lakota Teacher Nominated for Life Changer of the Year Award

posted February 27, 2015
Philomine Lakota has been nominated for the Life Changer of the Year Award from National Life Group. She has taught the Lakota language at Red Cloud for nearly a decade...

Literacy Day Continues Monthly School-Wide Reading Program at Red Cloud Elementary

posted February 20, 2015
Alyssa, a first grader, says her two favorite things are reading and "making things that go with books." Every month...

Sophomores Plan for their Future During Annual Spiritual Formation Retreat

posted February 6, 2015
"Growing up is both a period of great excitement and opportunity, and a time of challenge and temptation," says Meagan McMahon, a teacher in the spiritual formation department. "We created this retreat to help...

Celebrating National Catholic Schools Week

posted January 30, 2015
To celebrate, Red Cloud held special Masses, school spirit projects, writing contests, and community events for staff, students and families. Through these events, the school focused on the value of spiritual formation education for our students and our community.

Student Earns Scholarship, Looks Forward to Helping Community as a Nurse

posted January 27, 2015
The Horatio Alger Scholarship aims to support deserving young people who have overcome challenges in their lives in order to pursue higher education. Now Jaime is looking to the future with wide eyes and nervous excitement. “When I looked at my email and I saw...

Preparing College-ready Students with DBQs

posted January 29, 2015
Teachers came together to focus on incorporating DBQs into their classroom—also known as ‘Document Based Questions.’ During a recent workshop, presenters asked them to consider something utterly fundamental, yet often overlooked: What is the question we are looking to answer in this document?

Students Consider Healthy Relationships in School Seminar

posted January 29, 2015
Did you know up to 60% of High School Students experience dating violence before graduation? And, of those who experienced it, 25% of teens will tell no one. Today, each and every Red Cloud High School student learned...

Supporting Student Achievement with an Innovative Curriculum

posted January 26, 2015
Red Cloud graduates should have achievement and fluency levels that enable them to both enroll in the college or university of their choice and be prepared to meet or exceed the college success rates of their peers nationwide. The ultimate goal is to increase...

Pastoral Ministry: A Year in Review

posted January 15, 2015
As we step into 2015, we reflect on where we came from and consider what we are growing toward. Our Pastoral Coordinator, Veronica Valandra, has curated a list of some of the most important events and developments from 2014...

Student Inspires Classmates to Pursue Higher Education

posted January 10, 2015
In this article, Bobby '16 explains his motivation for becoming involved in his community and working to inspire his classmates and future generations of students at Red Cloud Indian School and across the reservation. On January 8 and 9, Bobby, joined others for an informative...

Spiritual Formation Supports Student Success

posted January 08, 2015
While many schools around the country shy away from topics of faith and spirituality, Red Cloud Indian School incorporates not one but two spiritual philosophies into nearly every aspect of a student’s educational experience. This model...


Red Cloud's Lakota Language Program Highlighted

IN THE NEWS - South Dakot Public Broadcasting
posted December 27, 2014
Red Cloud students earned both first and third places in the LNI Lakota Language Bowl. South Dakota Public Broadcasting spoke with Philomine about Red Cloud's success with the languagend the competition at LNI.

Red Cloud Student Holds Holiday Part for Reservation Youth

posted December 22, 2014
On December 21, Summer hosted a Holiday Party for teens and young adults, from at the Rockyford School north of Red Cloud Indian School near the Badlands. The party for youth ages 13-24 reflects Summer’s passions: health and wellness, service and music.

Red Cloud Crusaders at the 38th Annual Lakota Nation Invitational

posted December 21, 2014
After four amazing days of academic and athletic competitions, the Red Cloud Indian School Crusaders have earned praise and accolades in multiple categories from Basketball to Cheerleading to Lakota Language.

Only Lakota Will Be Spoken in Student Film Project

posted December 18, 2014
Tama tȟá owóuŋspe él wayáwa wikčémna éhuŋni kiŋ wičhíte naškáŋškaŋ itówapi uŋ Lakȟótiya wóglakapi waŋ káǧapi. — Need a translation? You’ll have to ask a Red Cloud Indian School student.

Red Cloud Students Participate in Ceremonial Buffalo Kill

posted December 4, 2014
It was just as he remembered in his dream; a vision the night before. A large male buffalo stood on a ridge near Slim Buttes, just north of the Red Cloud campus. Steam rose from the shaggy animal's nostels in the quiet, frosty-blue lustre of early morning on the reservation. For a few moments everthing was still and quiet.

Colorado State Inspires Students with 'Little Shop of Physics'

posted November 26, 2014
Earlier this week, students and professors from Colorado State University joined together with students from Oglala Lakota College in the gym at Red Cloud Indian School with one goal: Demystify science.

Elementary Students are Winners in Speech Contest

posted November 24, 2014
Students at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School (OLL) returned to applause last Friday, smiling ear to ear after students took first place in multiple competitions at the annual Shannon County Speech Contest.

America Magazine Produces Documentary on Red Cloud

IN THE NEWS - America Magazine
posted November 17, 2014
America Magazine immerses you in the sights and sounds of celebration at Red Cloud, while letting the students speak for themselves, about the challenges they’ve overcome, and the hopes they dream moving forward, for themselves and for their people.

Red Cloud Indian School Empowers Lakota

IN THE NEWS - Partners Magazine
posted November 07, 2014
Red Cloud President Fr. George Winzenburg describes the reality of life on the reservation and efforts the insitution takes to provide an education of the mind, body and spirit for the quarterly Jesuit magazine. Click on the cover for full access to this edition of Partners.

Meet Our New Red Cloud Volunteers!

posted October 30, 2014
After many months of interviewing and searching for creative, adventurous and brilliant people, Anne selected a talented and diverse group of new volunteers: Dominique Fenton, Matt King, Kate Amante, Maureen O'Brien and Vanessa Grisco.

Red Cloud Students Host Tribal Presidential Debates

posted October 29, 2014
On Wednesday, Red Cloud's Student Council member took hold of their futures during a reservation-wide Tribal Presidential Debate held on campus for community members, staff and fellow students. Students crafted and asked questions of attending candidates.

Red Cloud Hosts National College Fair for Community

posted October 27, 2014
Previously, students from reservation schools would travel upwards of 100 miles in order to visit a college fair—often at great expensive. That all changed this week when Red Cloud hosted a national college fair, right on campus!

Inside Out Project Brings Huge Murals to Red Cloud

posted October 24, 2014
Hi-ARTS has partnered with two talented photographers, Native American Willi White of the Oglata Lakota Tribe and Peter Pabon of Spanish Harlem, to document their communities for Inside Out: Mi Gente/Oyáte kiŋ

Innovative Lakota Curriculum Presented at National Conference

posted October 17, 2014
Staff from Red Cloud’s Lakota Language Project are presenting their language curriculum to professionals at the annual National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Conference in Alaska.


VIDEO: Language Curriculum Inspires Students

posted October 15, 2014
At the Red Cloud School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Lakota is still the second language. But it's first in the hearts of educators and students who are bringing back the fast-disappearing language in a program that leads the nation.

Homecoming 2014 at Red Cloud Indian School

posted October 10, 2014
"I feel that this is my moment," said Mato, the quarterback for the Red Cloud Crusaders. "I've been waiting every year since I was a little kid to lead Red Cloud." Today Red Cloud takes on Lead/Deadwood after a parade and followed by a dance!

Students Learn About the Prairie with Puppets!

posted October 3, 2014
“Hello boys and girls!” Petey announced. Hannah’s eyes widened and a smile spread across her face as the fuzzy animal began explaining where he lived — the prairie — and how he and his family interact with all the other animals.


VIDEO: Toyota Grant Has Science Programs Blooming

Posted October 1, 2014
Reporter Kevin Woster of KELO-CBS News visited Red Cloud to see how the school's $210,000 Toyota USA Foundation grant will support STEM education initiatives at the school, including an ethnobotany curriculum and geodesic greenhouse.

Red Cloud Announces Jose Rivera as New Director of The Heritage Center

posted September 18, 2014
This week, Red Cloud Indian School announced the appointment of Mr. Jose Rivera as the new Director of The Heritage Center. Staff believe that Rivera’s impact on the world-renowned Native arts collection, gallery and gift shop will be significant.


Red Cloud Sophomore Wins Disney Grant to Help Community

IN THE  NEWS - Lakota Children's Enrichment
posted Septemeber 17, 2014
Summer Montileaux has won a national award funded by Disney ABC Television for making a lasting, positive change for her community and the planet. Summer will receive a $1,000 grant to implement more health and service projects around the reservation.

Celebrating AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary with SD Secretary of Tribal Relations

posted September 12, 2014
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the United States’ AmeriCorps program, JR LaPlante, South Dakota’s State Secretary of Tribal Relations was awarded the National Leadership Award on Red Cloud's Campus as 24 new AmeriCorps members were swore in.

Heritage Center Helps Connect Two Worlds, Supports Scientific Discovery

posted August 30, 2014
Domingo has utilized x-ray analyzers, 3D CT scanners and more to peer into the Center’s collection’s past in a culturally responsive way for the first time, while also protecting it for the future. What he discovered was nothing short of amazing.

Red Cloud Student Named Youth Ambassador for National Campaign

IN THE NEWS - Lakota Children's Enrichment
posted August 28, 2014
Red Cloud junior, Bobby Pourier was selected out of thousands of applicants by the Youth Service of America and the Festival of Children Foundation to be National Child Awareness Month Ambassador in support of improved education on the reservation.

New Bus Arrives, Promising to Get Students Back to School

IN THE NEWS - SDPB & Rapid City Journal
posted August 22, 2014
More than 47 million children are heading back to school across the country this month. But for 600 Lakota students on the remote Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the road is not a smooth one. 

Graduates Support Community and Advance their Studies

posted August 15, 2014
We sat down with three alumni as they finish up their summer projects & prepare to begin a new year of college classes. Read on to hear from Shane ‘13, Ernest ‘12 & Deandra ‘11 learn how Red Cloud provided them with the skills they needed to succeed.

St. Ignatius:
Seeing God in All Things

posted July 31, 2014
With the help of the Jesuits, 600 children are empowered to ‘walk in two worlds’ at Red Cloud Indian School. And every year, there is a feast to honor St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus, who sought to ‘find God in all things.’

Language Camp Inspires Use of Endangered Language

posted July 22, 2014
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.

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.

2014 Red Cloud Indian Art Show Winners Announced

posted June 6, 2014
The Red Cloud Indian Art Show is the largest and longest running Native American art show of its kind in the country. Since 1969, the Red Cloud Indian Art Show has attracted thousands of visitors to The Heritage Center to the work of more than 50 artists.

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 38 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.

VIDEO: 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 

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 

December 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.