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Red Cloud Indian School Charity Profile
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.
Red Cloud Indian School Volunteer Information
Volunteers commit to working in grades K-12 at one of the three Schools on the reservation. Volunteers serve as classroom teachers, teacherís aides, librarians, and other support staff in the schools, and also help drive the busses that transport students to and from school each day. The volunteer program extends well beyond the boundaries of school and classroom.
Aside from teaching in a new and often challenging environment, volunteers live in intentional community at one of three houses on the campuses of the School. Volunteers receive room and board and only a modest stipend while serving. Throughout the volunteer year, retreats and various community events help foster a sense of community and challenge the volunteers to live by the four values of the Program. Volunteers need to be ready to be challenged into new ways of thinking, learning, and approaching the world around them. Volunteers serve in many positions throughout the Red Cloud School system.
We have a Downloadable Volunteer Application for you to review and complete if you are interested in applying to the Volunteer Program.Building Community
Community is at once a beautiful gift and an amazing challenge. Community calls people from diverse backgrounds to come together to share their lives with others in a common vision. In community, volunteers can find support and mutual encouragement while giving witness to their beliefs and working for greater peace and justice in the world. When volunteers commit themselves to the common vision of the community, differences become gifts that enhance the lives of all in the community as well as those who the community serves.
The Volunteer community is comprised of 18-20 volunteers each year. The volunteers live in three houses, each with 5-7 volunteers in it. The volunteers have their own bedrooms and share all other rooms in the spacious houses. While the fruits of community develop gradually during the shared meals, the reflections at the end of a long day, and the weekends spent playing games, community is also intentionally fostered in a variety of ways. Volunteers attend four retreats during the year and they have regular community meetings twice a month. These gatherings provide an opportunity for volunteers to reflect on their journey and to share their reflections with others in the community.
Faith is the core of all that we do. Our work is about bringing about the Kingdom of God here on Earth. Our relationships are based on the recognition that we are all one in Christ's body. Our prayer reflects our dependence on God as the source of all creation.
RC Volunteers are of all faiths. We all come together to share in our common dependence on God regardless of what name we use to speak about God. In the schools, Catholicism and Ignatian spirituality are interwoven with Lakota spirituality to provide the foundation for the education that our students receive.
In our materialistic world, some have a lot while others have to struggle to meet their basic needs. Many of the families on the reservation live in poverty and struggle to give their children the food, clothes and other items that most of us take for granted. Often materialistic differences result in unequal treatment and lack of opportunities. Here at Red Cloud we strive to eliminate these inequalities by recognizing that all people are created equal, nomatter what their age, race, gender or social status may be.
The core value of a person is never a question, it is a given and our actions should always reflect that no matter who we are dealing with. It is a major struggle for some of us to abandon the materialistic value system our society has created in our consumer oriented nation. Here at Red Cloud, we place our focus on potential and the instrinsic value we are all born with. By living simply we adopt an open and accepting attitude, and make room for building valuable and meaningful relationships with each other, our students and our Creator.