Volume 2: Midwest United States
North Dakota: ND-11

St. Anthony of Padua Church
9385 BIA Route 12
Mandaree, ND 58757
P.O. Box 760
New Town, ND 58763

Phone: 701-759-3412

History: St. Anthony of Padua Church, Mandaree, Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota, has been a predominantly Native American (Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan) parish in the Diocese of Bismarck (Archives: Bismarck, North Dakota).


Rev. Francis M. Craft (mixed-race Mohawk) established a school at Elbowoods, Fort Berthold Reservation, which became Immaculate Conception Mission (Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan)


Benedictines (Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota) administered Sacred Heart/ Immaculate Conception Mission


Benedictine Sisters (Sacred Heart Monastery, Richardton, North Dakota) staffed Sacred Heart School

1936-1939 (closed)

Sacred Heart School continued


Due to the Garrison Dam Project, Sacred Heart Mission was moved from Elbowoods to Mandaree and renamed St. Anthony Church


Benedictines administered St. Anthony Church, Mandaree, and St. Anthony Church, New Town


Bismarck diocesan priests have administered St. Anthony Church, Mandaree, and St. Anthony Church, New Town

Benedictines (1910-1980s) and diocesan priests (1980s-present) have administered the following missions among the Arikara, Hidatsa, and Mandan Indians of the Fort Berthold Reservation:

1906-1920 (transferred to St.  Anthony's, Van Hook, North Dakota)

Holy Family/ St. Michael's Mission, Shell Creek/ Shell Village

1906-1969 (closed)

St. Andrew Mission, Nishu/ Armstrong (relocated eastern segment of Reservation)

1907-1921 (closed)

St. John Mission, Crow Heart's Landing

1911-1920 (transferred to St. Anthony's, Van Hook)

St. Anthony's Mission, Independence

1921-1951 (closed)

Sacred Heart Mission, Deep Water Creek

1923-ca. 1924 (closed)

Indian Day School, Deep Water Creek

1925-1969 (closed)

Holy Family Mission, Shell Creek/ Shell Village (relocated northern segment of Reservation)


St. Anthony Mission, Mandaree/ Independence (relocated western segment of Reservation)


St. Joseph Mission, Twin Buttes/ Crow's Heart/ Little Missouri (relocated southern segment of Reservation)

1953-1969 (closed)

Immaculate Conception Mission, Packineau Dam Site/ Elbowoods (relocated northeast segment of Reservation)

1955-1970 (closed)

Queen of Peace Mission, Raub


Sacred Heart Mission, White Shield


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1889-ongoing

Volume: At least 2.0 cubic feet

Description: The records at St. Anthony Church were not organized according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 1980. Consequently, this description is by record type.


/1 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1889-ongoing

Volume: At least 12 volumes

Description: For St. Anthony Church and its Native missions:

A. Baptisms, 1889-ongoing

B. Marriages, 1892-ongoing

C. Deaths, 1905-ongoing

D. First communions, 1955-ongoing

E. Confirmations, 1929-ongoing


/2 Subject files

Inclusive dates: 1950s-present

Volume: At least 1.0 cubic foot

Description: Alphabetically arranged folders created by Rev. Aloysius Bittmann, O.S.B. and Rev. Stephen Kranz, O.S.B.; prominent subjects include: “Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions correspondence,” “Diocesan correspondence,” "Farm," financial and statistical statements, "Indian affairs," and "Tekakwitha Conference"


Unless otherwise noted, the repository on this page holds (or held) the records described here and they are not held at the Marquette University Archives.