GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
New York: NY-13

Catholic Church. Diocese of Brooklyn. Archives
310 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: 718-965-7300
Email: See website

 

Hours: See website

Access: See website

Copying facilities: Yes

 

History: The Diocese of Brooklyn was erected from territory in the Archdiocese of New York (City), 1853, and lost territory for the erection of two New York suburban dioceses, 1957.

 

New York City has had an urban Native American population (e.g. Mohawk Ironworkers), 1880s-present. According to 2010 U.S. Census information and U.S.C.C.B. estimates, the Archdiocese’s three New York City boroughs are home to 10,000 Catholic Natives from 500 tribes. The urban Native poverty rate is nearly double the national average and this population is the largest urban Catholic Native population in the United States.

 

At its peak in the late 1950s, 800 Mohawk ironworkers, most of whom were Catholic, lived in North Gowanus, a Brooklyn neighborhood nicknamed “Little Kahnawake.” They made up about 15 percent of ironworkers then and make up about 10 percent today.

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: Unknown.

 

Unless noted otherwise, the repository named above holds (or held) the records described and not the Marquette University Archives. However, Marquette’s holdings, e.g. Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, include related records about these Native and Catholic groups and places.

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