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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

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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Feb 1, 2024

A new vision and mission for Maȟpíya Lúta

It is essential for organizations to periodically review their vision and mission statements to ensure alignment with current initiatives and programming.

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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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Sep 28, 2023

Blessing the Ground for a new Heritage Center

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Join Our Team

Look at our exciting job opportunities.

Title Type Department Details
Administrative and Curriculum Support Specialist Full Time Institutional View Position
5th Grade Dual Language Teacher Full Time Red Cloud Middle View Position
K-4 Lakota Fine Arts Teacher Full Time Red Cloud Elementary View Position
Gift Shop Social Media Marketing Intern Part Time The Heritage Center View Position
AmeriCorps Director Full Time Red Cloud Elementary, Middle, and High School View Position
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