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Alumni & Historical Center

Tokéya uŋkí nájiŋpi (We Stood Here in the Beginning) Historical & Alumni Center preserves memories and bears witness to the diversity, challenges, and accomplishments of the religious students, staff and benefactors of St. Joseph’s Indian School since its founding in 1927.

The bus display at the Historical Center

Construction on the Tokéya uŋkí nájiŋpi Historical/Alumni Center began in October 2011 was dedicated in May 2013. The Historical Center preserves the memories of St. Joseph’s Indian School and share accomplishments of the students, religious staff and benefactors. The center houses historical and contemporary artifacts from St. Joseph’s past and present, and serves as a place where past students can share their stories and stay involved with programs.

An intricate portion of the project is the conception of a Medicine Wheel Garden of Healing. This space is intended to positively impact the well-being of St. Joseph’s students and alumni by integrating sculpture, with its healing and spiritual qualities, into the heart of the St. Joseph’s Indian School. The garden will also give students, alumni and visitors a peaceful and inspirational respite from their daily routines.

The final portion of the project is the Akta Lakota Museum Storage Facility. This facility provides new storage facilities for the permanent collection of the school’s fine art and historical artifact collection.

Alumni & Historical Center hours:
May through October (open national holidays)
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday

November through April
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Closed weekends & National Holidays