News Detail
Jesuit Father George Winzenburg at Red Cloud Indian School
“It’s one more reminder that our relationship with the federal government is a series of broken promises.”
Jesuit Highlights Consequences of Budget Cuts for Native Americans

August 19, 2013 — The New York Times recently reported that sequestration cuts are hurting Native American communities, including the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where the Jesuits have served since 1888. Jesuit Father George Winzenburg, president of Pine Ridge’s Red Cloud Indian School, spoke to The New York Times about the sense of resignation that has set in on the reservation.

“It’s one more reminder that our relationship with the federal government is a series of broken promises,” Fr. Winzenburg said. “It’s a series of underfunded projects and initiatives that we were told would be funded to allow us to live at the quality of life that other Americans do.”

According to reservation officials and residents, the poverty trap that has plagued the reservation for generations will likely be exacerbated by recent developments in federal policy. When budget cuts went into effect on March 1, many programs were exempted that benefit low-income Americans, but virtually none of the programs aiding American Indians were included on that list, reported The New York Times.

“Imagine how people feel who can’t help themselves,” said Robert Brave Heart Sr., executive vice president of Red Cloud Indian School. “It’s a condition that a lot of people believe is the result of the federal government putting them in that position, a lot of people are set up for failure. People have no hope and no ability whatsoever to change their fate in life. You take resources that they have, that are taken away, it just adds to the misery.”

Read the full story at The New York Times website.


Recent News

February 10, 2016 — Fr. Edward A. Reese, SJ, will be the school's 31st president, succeeding Fr. Edwin B. Harris, SJ.

February 10, 2016 — Lent begins today, and the Ignatian family has an array of online resources for prayer and reflection to help guide you through the next 40 days.

February 8, 2016 — When Pope Francis visits Ciudad Juárez at the end of his visit to Mexico this month, he will be just across the Rio Grande from Jesuit-run Sacred Heart Parish in El Paso, Texas.

February 5, 2016 — Today marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, who served as the 28th Superior General of the Jesuits.

February 5, 2016 — A beautiful new video featuring Jesuit brothers celebrates the close of the Year of Consecrated Life.

February 3, 2016 — 450 years after Fr. Pedro Martínez, SJ, was martyred off the coast of Florida, a group of Floridians is seeking canonization for Fr. Martínez and 85 others.

February 1, 2016 — On Jan. 25, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited Saint Ignatius School in the Bronx, New York, to meet and speak with students about her life.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America - 2/15/16

America - 2/8/16

America - 2/1/16



Creighton University Retreat Center
Located 45 miles east of Omaha, Neb., in rural Iowa, the Creighton University Retreat Center is situated on 154 wooded acres on the Nishnabotna River.