Our mission
The mission of St. Peter Indian Mission School is to educate children,
who are grounded in God's love to become
respectful, reverent, and responsible citizens.

Founded in 1923 on the Gila River Indian Reservation, St. Peter Indian Mission School provides education and support for local children and their families. Since 1935 the school and parish have been overseen by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, all involved are committed to the mission’s continued success. Located in Bapchule Village, the birthplace of Iwo Jima flag raiser and Marine hero Ira Hayes, the mission welcomes visitors and gratefully accepts contributions of any kind.

Call (520)315-3835 for information on how you can support Mission for the Children.

Philosophy of St. Peter Indian Mission

St. Peter Indian Mission believes that the foundational O'odham Himdag of respect, reverence, and responsibility and the Gospel message of God's faithful, forgiving love provide a stable, challenging academic environment that will foster self-discipline, academic success, cultural pride, strong faith in God, loyalty to Country, service to the Community, and fitness for life.