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Red Cloud Volunteers, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
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The mission of Red Cloud Indian School - Holy Rosary Mission, a Catholic Institution administered by the Jesuits and the Lakota People, is to develop and grow as a vibrant Church, through an education of the mind and spirit that promotes Lakota and Catholic values.
Generosity knows many forms, and our school is eternaly grateful for the many dedicated volunteers who donate their expertise, energy and time to the education of our students. Red Cloud offers volunteers a unique opportunity to work amid the Oglala Lakota, in some of the poorest counties of the United States. Here we strive to provide an education that is a key requirement for a better outlook to the future. Here we create the success stories of our future generation. The Red Cloud Volunteer Program invites men and women to serve the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through work in Jesuit (see www.jesuit.org) Schools and Parishes on the reservation. Red Cloud volunteers work with students of all ages at each of the three Red Cloud Schools. In living the values of building community, sharing faith, doing justice and living simply, Red Cloud Volunteers work to grow in communion with God and each other, as well as learn through contact with the traditions and culture of the Lakota people among whom they live
Organizational Statement of Faith
Red Cloud Indian School is a Catholic and Lakota run institution dedicated to the promotion of Catholic and Lakota spirituality, and to the service of the Lakota people. Red Cloud Indian School (Grades K-12) was founded as Holy Rosary Mission in 1888 by the Jesuits at the request Chief Red Cloud, a leader of the Oglala Sioux Indians residing on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Chief Red Cloud had continually petitioned the government to allow the "Blackrobes" (Jesuits) to come to the Reservation in order to establish a school. His persistant efforts brought about the development and existence of Holy Rosary Mission by the Jesuits and the Franciscan Sisters.
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