The challenge

Imagine living in a nation within a nation. Imagine the constant dissonance between the identities and value systems of these two nations. 

Imagine living in a world where it is reported that one in three women are raped or suffer sexual abuse, where almost half the population never graduates high school, and only eight out of one hundred have college degrees, where more than 50 percent of the population live at or below the poverty line, and 40 percent of those who die by suicide are between the ages of 15 and 24. (Among young adults ages 18 to 24, Native Americans have higher rates of suicide than the general population.) Then imagine being told, “You just have to get used to it. It’s just the way it is.”

Youth come to HIS with unimaginable challenges. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and trust and abandonment issues seem to be the norm. Now imagine trying to learn and function in an academic setting with these kinds of challenges.

our solution

The faculty and staff of Holbrook Indian School seek to provide a safe haven for our students to learn, live, and grow in Christ by giving students the tools and skills they need to face the challenges that confront them. 

HIS uses a multidisciplinary approach that nurtures the creative spirit of each student by teaching them how to express themselves through art, graphic design, and photography. Along with math, English, science, and history, HIS offers vocational classes with practical application such as welding, auto mechanics, woodworking, and horsemanship. HIS also seeks to preserve Native American culture by teaching the traditions of pottery making, Navajo language, and government. 

HIS desires to restore the image of our Creator in our students through the NEW (Nutrition, Exercise, and Wellness) You Health Initiative. By promoting the development of the whole person, the healing process can begin. Students are then freed to explore a personal relationship with Christ, and healthy relationships with others.

Track record

The success of an educational institution is often measured by former students who’ve passed through its halls. For more than 70 years Holbrook Indian School has enriched the lives of hundreds of Native Americans. Former students have become nurses, lawyers, business owners, community leaders, pastors, human services agents, teachers, members of the US armed forces, school administrators, Gates Millennium Scholars, a Circuit Court Judge, and even a chief mechanic for the US Navy Blue Angels. But what surpasses these successes is that Holbrook’s alumni go on to live lives built on the knowledge that they are deeply loved by our Creator.

GIVING Opportunities

Individuals, churches, foundations, and businesses who see their giving as an investment in the future of HIS students provide close to 80 percent of funds needed. Nearly 20 percent of funds come from the Pacific Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Only one percent of operating funds come from students who pay a tuition of $87 per month (and if a student cannot afford to pay the fee, we find a way to help them.) In actuality it costs more than $2,000 per month to provide food, housing, education, extra-curricular activities, and other necessities for just one student.

Along with providing for the needs of our students, the campus of Holbrook Indian School is in constant need of maintenance, repair, and capital improvements. Some of our faculty homes are more than 50 years old and have plumbing and structural issues.

Gifts to Holbrook Indian School can be given to support general operations and NEW You Health Initiatives which include Garden to Plate, horsemanship, physical and spiritual activities, and licensed mental health therapy. Gifts can also be made to the worthy student fund and special capital projects.

Help Our students

Because we simply cannot do all this without the help of those who have a heart for Native American ministries and/or Christian education, every gift matters. Most of those who invest in HIS students make a monthly contribution either by check or credit card. Whether you give annually, quarterly, or monthly, your support will make a difference in the lives of our students, their families, and in their communities.

Some of our friends have chosen to leave a lasting legacy and remember HIS in their estate plan. If you are interested in making a planned gift through your Will, Trust, Insurance plan, or other financial vehicle, please speak with your financial advisor. No matter how you choose to give, we thank you for joining us on our journey to bring hope, health, healing, and restoration to our nation’s first children.


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