2009-2010 Year in Review 

Message from the President

First impressions typically aren’t too far from the truth. As I walk the hallways of Red Cloud Indian School, as I visit our parish communities across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and step inside our beautiful, renowned Heritage Center, the first impressions of our outstanding organization are reinforced time and time again—more than expected, really. Our community of Lakota men and women, of Jesuits and laypersons from backgrounds too numerous to name, is a community fully committed to our mission: to provide an environment that embraces learning, spirituality and cultural awareness.

Hope is certainly alive and well on the reservation. I am so proud to be part of this fine institution.

In my first year as president of Red Cloud, it is an honor to share our 2009/10 Year in Review with you. The stories are inspiring. The work is remarkable. It gives me great confidence that this institution is in wonderful hands—in the hands of people, young and old, who believe that what we do is important. And is necessary. I believe this mission is a call given to us by God to answer.

I hope you read this annual review with the knowledge that you play an important role in the ultimate success of Lakota students and families on the reservation. We cannot do it without you.

In the pages that follow, you’ll read the stories and see the faces of our community—of people like Autumn White Eyes ’10, Gloria Two Crows, Kiley Weston ’11, Nakina Mills ’98 and Mary Bordeaux. You’ll bear witness to their impact, their goals and aspirations...their contribution to our world. Please celebrate them! And know we also celebrate you, for your talents, prayers and gifts. I hope our paths cross soon.

Fr. George Winzenburg, S.J., President