St. Joseph's Indian School

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St. Joseph's Indian School
Chamberlain, South Dakota
Established 1927
Founder Henry Hogebach

St. Joseph's Indian School is located in Chamberlain, South Dakota, United States, and serves about 200 American Indian children. Started in 1927 by Henry Hogebach, a Roman Catholic priest from Germany, the school's stated mission is to educate Indian children for life—mind, body, heart and spirit. The school is owned and operated by the Priests of the Sacred Heart.

Children admitted to St. Joseph's must be of American Indian heritage and more than half of the students come from South Dakota Indian reservations. Of those, 48 percent are Catholic and 24 percent are Episcopalian. The school’s public policy states that it welcomes children of all faiths. Education includes grades 1-8 and emphasizes a preservation of Lakota (Sioux) culture. Children live in group homes and once the eighth grade is completed, those students have the option of continuing to live on campus and attend the local public high school in Chamberlain.

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