Our Cultural Philosophy
Our cultural philosophy has its roots in our foundation as an apostolate of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. We promote understanding and appreciation of the Catholic tradition and Dehonian spirituality through faith formation, religious education and vibrant liturgical experiences.
Our relationship-based partnership with Native American families means cultural competence is a priority achieved through staff training, Native American Studies classes and cultural experiences in the homes and across campus. In addition to St. Joseph’s Powwow, Inipi takes place as often as possible.
Our cultural philosophy guides our work with students. We find opportunities for them to experience both the Catholic tradition and Native American culture in prayer, service, study, activities, travel and more. Our goal for our students is a rich base of faith and tradition upon which they can draw for a lifetime.
We educate for life, a reference not only to our holistic educational approach but also to our sustained relationships with our alumni. Anyone who ever attended St. Joseph Indian School continues to be a valued member of our Thióšpaye (extended family). Several pieces of alumni artwork are on display in the Aktá Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, and alumni are frequent visitors to campus, stopping in to see our alumni liaison.