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Saint Michael Indian School

Educational Opportunity
Portrait of Katherine Drexel in 1885 – Artisian Unknown

Saint Michael Indian School was founded in 1902 by Mother Katherine Drexel of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

The school is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. It is a member of the National Catholic Education Association and the Diocese of Gallup Catholic School System.

The faculty at SMIS is recruited from across the United States and from the Navajo Nation. This gives the school a rich diversity of talent and expertise to share with the students. Seventy-five percent of the faculty members hold a Masters Degree.

Please use the links at the left to learn more about the mission and history of this unique institution.

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Mission Statement

St. Michael Indian School provides students from local Native American communities with a quality education that is rooted in Catholic values, is sensitive to Native heritage, teaches leadership skills, and enables students to contribute in a culturally diverse world.

Core Values

  • Respect: we will treat each other with dignity and respect.
  • Excellence: we will strive towards excellence in all areas.
  • Empowerment: our decision and actions are in line with our mission.
  • Cultural diversity: we value our differences and expand our awareness of others. Diversity results in better decisions.
  • Openness: we will strive towards open communication and value others' viewpoints.


  • Faculty retention and development;
  • Curriculum development and challenging our students;
  • Identifying and securing resources for our school and the students; and
  • Partnering with the local community.

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