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Maȟpíya Lúta

Maȟpíya Lúta (formerly Red Cloud Indian School, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located on the Pine Ridge Reservation, home to the Oglala Lakȟóta (Sioux) Tribe.

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Our Mission

Maȟpíya Lúta embraces Lakȟota and Jesuit Catholic values and teachings to grow as a community through education, spiritual formation, Lakȟota language, art, and culture.

Transformative Initiatives

The Heritage Center Construction Updates

In 2019, Mahpiya Luta’s Board of Directors launched a master planning process to ensure the organization’s future success, prioritizing various capital and operational projects. Among these were the imperative needs for a new facility for The Heritage Center (THC).

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Our Impact


Native Artists in collaboration with The Heritage Center through the Art Show, gift shop and exhibits.


K-12 students in two elementary schools, one middle school and one college-prep high school.


Families served through pastoral programming across multiple communities on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Our History

More than 135 years ago, Chief Red Cloud (Maȟpíya Lúta), one of the most famous leaders of the Oglala Lakȟóta people, recognized that the Lakȟóta were facing irrevocable economic and cultural challenges, Chief Red Cloud advocated for the establishment of “a school house – a large one” that would not only “teach us how to write and read, and instruct us how to do it” but also preserve and sustain Lakȟóta identity amidst a rapidly changing environment.

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Top Story


Feb 26, 2024

A Moment With Dr. Ray Nadolny

Five years ago, Maȟpíya Lúta hired its first non-Jesuit President, Dr. Raymond Nadolny. This coming April, he will be stepping down from his position as President.

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Feb 1, 2024

A new vision and mission for Maȟpíya Lúta

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Jan 31, 2024

Maȟpíya Lúta Board of Directors announces next President

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Jan 30, 2024

Maȟpíya Lúta launches brand new website

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Oct 25, 2023

Maȟpíya Lúta hosts Honoring Tȟatȟáŋká Oyáte event

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Sep 28, 2023

NEH Chair visits Mahpiya Luta

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Join Our Team

Look at our exciting job opportunities.

Title Type Department Details
6th Grade Lakota Immersion Teacher Full Time Red Cloud Middle View Position
The Heritage Center Summer Assistant (2) Full Time The Heritage Center View Position
SkoCode Americorps Members Full Time Institutional View Position
Elementary Teacher Full Time Red Cloud Elementary View Position
Lakota Language Specialist Full Time Our Lady of Lourdes View Position
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