Friday, May 23, 2014


FIS Chaplaincy has teamed up with On Eagles' Wings to attend Warrior Leadership Summit (WLS), a summer camp experience for Native American and First Nations young people from all over North America.
WLS attendees have the opportunity to:
  • Be part of large group praise and teaching sessions called Warrior Circles;
  • Attend seminars and workshops on specific issues related to Native American and First Nations people called Battle Councils;
  • Network and build relationships in a Christian environment with other Native American and First Nations young people;
  • Have fun through daily recreation times where various athletic tournaments are held including basketball, softball, volleyball, and floor hockey as well as late night activities;
  • Speak with trained counselors who can help in dealing with various life issues; and
  • Hear from respected Native American Christian elders and learn from their stories of hope and faith in Jesus Christ.
With your contribution, current and former Flandreau Indian School students (ages 16-30) have another opportunity to encounter the hope and love of Christ at this life-changing event and develop a deeper understanding of their culture and faith.

Here are the details...

Warrior Leadership Summit is held June 28-July 3, 2014 in Missouri. We have 23 individuals ready to attend camp, coming from nine states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin) representing 12 tribes.
Camp registration is $25.
Travel costs will vary with each individual depending on where they live and how we will be able to get them to camp. 
TOTAL COST is $225 per person. 
While the stated goal for this campaign covers the registration fees, 
our aim is $5,175 to cover the total cost for each camper.

The Impact

"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Isaiah 30:30-31
  • The poverty rate among Native Americans was 28.4% (2010 census). The disparity for American Indians living below poverty on the reservations is even greater, reaching 38% to 63% in South Dakota (2006, NCES), with living conditions "comparable to Third World" (2004, Gallup Independent).
  • Alcoholism mortality rates are 514% higher that the general population (2012, CNAY).
  • Native teens experience the highest rate of suicide - more than double that national average of any population group in the United States and is the 2nd leading cause of death for Native American youth in the 15-24 age group (2012, CNAY).
  • American Indian youth are arrested at a rate of 3 times the national average; 79% of youth in the Federal Bureau of Prison's custody are American Indian/Alaskan Native (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2004).

Other Ways You Can Help

Pray. Pray for those who will be attending Warrior Leadership Summit this summer. Pray for restored hope. Pray for a change for eternity.
Spread the word. Share this link with your Facebook friends, Twitter, work colleagues, Bible study group, friends you meet for coffee, neighbors...
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Become a Partner. Join with FIS Chaplaincy to provide opportunities for the students and staff of Flandreau Indian School to encounter the hope and love of Christ. Visit our website for more information, 

FIS Chaplaincy. The purpose of this non profit organization is to serve the students and staff of Flandreau Indian School by providing opportunities to encounter the hope and love of Christ through Biblically-based spiritual guidance, faith-based programing, community-building social activities, and meeting critical needs. FIS Chaplaincy is financially independent from the school operation and is fully funded through donations from corporations, denominational entities, churches, civic groups and individuals. Thanks to that support, FIS Chaplaincy has continued an ongoing partnership with the Flandreau Indian School for almost 50 years. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

NEW! FIS Chaplaincy T-Shirts

Flandreau Indian School Chaplaincy Program t-shirts are here! Share the mission of providing opportunities for the students and staff of Flandreau Indian School to encounter the hope and love of Christ - Real Hope for Real Life. 

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


A Unique Opportunity

Students (including foreign exchange) from Arkansas Baptist High School had a terrific trip to Flandreau, South Dakota during their Missions Week! Working with the FIS Chaplaincy, the goal of the week was a cultural exchange between Native American students at Flandreau Indian School (FIS) and non-Native students. The hope in doing so was to build bridges where the Chaplain and mission team would have more opportunities to share the love and hope of Christ with the students of FIS; they in turn could take that hope back to their families on the reservation.

Arkansas students shared testimonies during the Sunday worship service on campus and were able to connect with the FIS students during after school and evening activities, as well as during family dinners in the home of the school chaplain. During the day when the FIS students were in class, the mission team travelled to The Center for Western Studies at Augustana College and Pipestone National Monument to learn about Native American history and modern culture, which gave them all a new perspective and broke their hearts for the conditions of the Native Americans in our country. On campus they toured the Cultural Center and visited classes on Native American heritage. The team also prepared support postcards to mail, sorted and washed hundreds of clothing items donated to meet students’ physical needs, and set up for the after school and evening activities.

As the week came to a close many new friends had been made among the students from Arkansas and Flandreau. A team member said it well, “This was great! I’m coming back next year.”

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


The school year is winding down here in Flandreau. We start a series of events honoring our seniors, many of whom who have overcome all kinds of obstacles in order to graduate. Some have been homeless or abandoned by families that just don’t care. Some are the ‘stable adult’ even at 13 or 14 years old. Some have been the parent to brothers and sisters. Many have lost significant people in their lives due to death or jail or a multitude of other reasons. When they are reaching the point of graduation, many have already lived a lifetime.

This past weekend was Senior Honoring Walk/Run and Pow Wow. It’s a time prior to graduation for the campus and community to come together and celebrate. It is a time of reflection of what has passed and a time to reconnect with Native traditions and ancestry. There is so much potential in this group of young people and hopefully enough has been built into them during their time at FIS for them to continue on and succeed in reaching their goals.