St. Augustine Indian Mission School, rooted in Catholic Identity and Native American Culture, creates lifelong learners, assisting them to respect all life, become self-directed, and contribute positively to their community.
St. Augustine Indian Mission will be a nationally recognized model for K-8 education, rooted in its Native American culture and Catholic identity, known for academic achievement and family engagement that inspires students to excellence.
Who We Serve
Honoring the Past with A Vision of the Future
Nestled in the rolling hills of the northeast corner of Nebraska is St. Augustine Indian Mission and School. St. Augustine Indian Mission has served the Native American people of the Winnebago and Omaha Tribes since 1909. Through the years, it has touched the lives of thousands of Native American children and impacted the lives of their families.
Out of 72 Catholic schools in the Omaha Archdiocese, St. Augustine Indian Mission is the only school created to serve the needs of the Native American students in our Nebraska community.
St. Augustine Indian Mission was founded in 1909 by St. Katharine Drexel and is the only Catholic institution in the state of Nebraska directly founded by a canonized saint. This Mission serves 125 students, kindergarten through eighth grade, from both the Omaha and Winnebago tribes.
Ninety-five percent of our students are Native American, and the students are taught both Winnebago and Omaha languages along with their cultural heritage. St. Augustine is blessed to have a committed staff and Board of Advisors. The Mission is supervised under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Omaha. St. Augustine’s remains true to its Catholic heritage and welcomes students of all faiths.
The Omaha and Winnebago Communities
Both Omaha and Winnebago tribes see high unemployment rates on the Reservations compared to the state of Nebraska and national statistics.
National unemployment rates are at about 4.9%, Nebraska is lower at 2.5%, but Winnebago experiences 18% unemployment and Omaha, even more dire, is at 78% unemployment rate. This is partially due to the fact that there are little-to-no business opportunities in the community and no access to public transportation.