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Sapa Un grows faithful, healthy students

Sapa Un Catholic Academy is home to 40 Lakota students on the Rosebud Lakota Reservation. In August, it commenced its fourth year of a comprehensive and holistic approach to growing students and supporting their families.

The co-ed school enrolls students in kindergarten and provides a nurturing space for educational advancement through grade 12. While Sapa Un’s ultimate goal is to prepare students for college, the cross-curriculum emphasis on critical subjects, native tongue, and Catholic faith.

Black Elk Holiness

Highlights from the Holiness of Nicholas William Black Elk, Sr., 1860s – 1950

As a youth, Black Elk received a great vision to serve Wakantanka, the Great Spirit, and he became a great healer among the Lakota people. But called to serve more, he embraced baptism and Jesus as his savior, which he saw as fulfilling their way of life. Thereafter, over 400 native people heeded his call and were baptized as well.

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