Nicholas Black ElkA Saintly Voice: The Canonization of Nicholas Black Elk

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.

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A New School Year Begins!

September 2019
Wayáwa Khípi! Our students are back at school! It’s a wonderful time at Red Cloud, and we invite you to be a part of it. Join us through this beautiful array of images from our first week back!....Read More

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Black Elk's Journey to Sainthood

September 2019
Almost two years ago, Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950), the famous Oglala Lakota holy man who spent decades at Red Cloud serving as a religious teacher, was nominated for sainthood. This June, a Mass and community gathering was held at St. Agnes, the very parish where Black Elk served, to celebrate the successful conclusion of the local phase of his canonization....Read More

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Red Cloud Graduate Leads New BBC Radio Documentary

July 2019
Documentary on the challenges faced by Native American young people....Read More

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Celebrating Fr. George!

July 2019
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....Read More

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A Pastoral Journey

July 2019
Father Brad Held’s first experience on the Pine Ridge Reservation, as a teacher at Red Cloud Indian School, opened his heart to serving the Lakota people. When he was called back to serve as the Pastor of Holy Rosary Mission just five years later, his initial surprise was overwhelmed by a sense that the time was right to engage with the Lakota Catholic community in a new way....Read More

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Award Winners at the 51st Red Cloud Indian Art Show

July 2019
The Oyate Award, a Community Choice award, voting will start during the Special Preview reception and run the length of the show, June 1 -August 11, 2019. The winning work will be announced at the end of the show, August 12, 2019....Read More

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Meet Our Seniors!

June 2019
In this collection of interviews, six of our seniors‐Tierra, Nevra, Emonee, Griffey, Dorian, and Morgan—share how Red Cloud shaped their lives, their plans for the future, and the advice they’d share with the next generation....Read More

Emonee Pourier '19 and Nevra Murdock '19

Red Cloud’s Class of 2019 Looks Toward the Future

June 2019
In the weeks leading up to graduation, Red Cloud senior Emonee Pourier ‘19 reflected on her years at Red Cloud, and thought about what she’d miss the most....Read More

Red Cloud Indian Art Show

Open Now! The 51st Red Cloud Indian Art Show

June 2019
Over the last five decades, the Red Cloud Indian Art Show has celebrated the continuum of Native art—and honored the artists who create it....Read More

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Elementary Education at Red Cloud: Building a Community of Belief

April 12, 2019
What makes a Red Cloud education effective for its youngest students? Ann-Marie Amiotte, Red Cloud’s elementary school principal, does not hesitate to answer....Read More

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Honoring Academic Achievement

April 12, 2019
Recognizing our students’ achievements, both inside and outside the classroom, is a part of every day at Red Cloud. But twice a year, our high school students and faculty gather for an official celebration of academic success....Read More

Sierra Concha

Leading with Language

February 26, 2019
Today there is a growing wave of young people—including many Red Cloud students and alumni—who are sparking the rebirth of their indigenous language. They are not just learning to speak the language themselves, but also sharing their knowledge with the next generation—serving as teachers and mentors for the youngest Lakota students....Read More

Adrianne Brave Heart

Building the Future: New Homes on Campus

February 26, 2019
The lack of affordable and safe housing on the reservation often presents an insurmountable barrier for those who want to live and work here. That reality has a particularly powerful impact on education. To change the narrative, Red Cloud began focusing on investing in new on-campus housing—as a means for retaining committed teachers and staff members who want to make their careers at Red Cloud.....Read More

SB 126

Honoring Indigenous Languages: In Support of SB126

February 26, 2019
Red Cloud is proud to support SB126, a new bill being considered by South Dakota’s legislature that would make Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota the official indigenous languages of the state. Learn more about the bill and its importance in this letter by Red Cloud’s Executive Vice President Robert Brave Heart Sr.....Read More

LNI Art Show

Honoring Native Artists at the Red Cloud Indian Art Show

January 18, 2019
Over 40 years ago, when the first Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) took place, many non-reservation high schools would not host or play Native American teams. Today this incredible four-day event engages teams from nearly 40 high schools from three states....Read More

THC 43rd Awards

The Heritage Center To Receive Major Award in the Arts

January 18, 2019
In recognition of its longstanding advocacy, next month The Heritage Center will receive the South Dakota Governor’s Award in the Arts for Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Organization or Business........Read More

Paulina Fast Wolf

ALUM | Paulina Fast Wolf, 2007

January 18, 2019
Paulina Fast Wolf connected deeply with her culture as a student at Red Cloud, and has become a strong advocate for tribal colleges. Today she is focusing her career on helping Lakota students find their way through the college experience........Read More

Ralph Nadolny

Red Cloud Indian School Names Raymond Nadolny New President

January 15, 2019
Former college president brings extensive experience and commitment to innovative education models.

Red Cloud Indian School’s Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Raymond Nadolny, Ph.D., the former president of North Dakota’s Williston State College, as its new president....Read More


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