Volume 2: Midwest United States
North Dakota: ND-18

St. Michael Indian Mission
136 First Street
St. Michael, ND 58370
P.O. Box 958
Devil’s Lake, ND 58301

Phone: 701-766-4151

History: St. Michael Church, St. Michael, Fort Totten Reservation, North Dakota, has been a predominantly Native American (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) parish in the Diocese of Fargo (Archives: Fargo, North Dakota).


Rev. Louis Bonin established and administered Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel and School (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) near present-day St. Michael Mission, Fort Totten, Spirit Lake/ Devil’s Lake Reservation, St. Michael  

1884-1980s (transferred to Fargo Diocese)

Benedictines (Archives: St. Meinrad, Indiana) established and administered St. Michael Mission (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota)

1929-1971 (transferred to a Native community corporation)

The Soeurs grises de Québec (Archives: Beauport, Québec) established and staffed Little Flower School (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) at St. Michael's


Fargo diocesan priests have administered St. Michael’s

Seven Dolors was the center of evangelization on the Spirit Lake/ Fort Totten Reservation, 1884-1929. With the opening of Little Flower School, 1929, the center shifted to St. Michael's with Benedictines residing at both St. Michael's and Seven Dolors, 1949-1980s. The Benedictines at St. Michael's, and the Fargo diocesan priests who followed them, have attended these Native American Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) missions on the Fort Totten Reservation, North Dakota.

1929-1949 (became a parish)

Seven Dolors Mission, Fort Totten, Fort Totten Reservation

1929-1949 (transferred to Seven Dolors, Fort Totten)

St. Jerome Mission, Crow Hill, Fort Totten Reservation

1929-1950 (no longer Native)

St. James Mission, Warwick, Fort Totten Reservation


Christ the King Mission, Tokio, Fort Totten Reservation

1936-1961 (closed)

East End station

1936-1961 (closed)

Graham's Island station


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1874-ongoing, undated

Volume: At least 5.5 cubic feet

Description: The records at St. Michael Mission 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: 1874-ongoing

Volume: At least 13 volumes

Description: Baptisms, 1874-ongoing, marriages, 1908-ongoing, deaths, 1920-ongoing, first communions and confirmations, 1914-ongoing; the sacramental records of baptisms, 1874-1907, first communions, 1914-1952, and confirmations, 1914-1968, are copies; the original books for the baptisms, 1874-1907, marriages, 1875-1907, and deaths, 1905-1920, are at Blue Cloud Abbey, Marvin, South Dakota 


/2 Minutes of St. Michael's Indian Mission, Inc.

Inclusive dates: 1956-ongoing

Volume: 1 folder


/3 Financial records

Inclusive dates: 1971, undated

Volume: 1 folder

Description: Relate to land transfers, such as deeds, abstracts, and patents. 


/4 Northern Lights

Inclusive dates: 1932-1970

Volume: .3 cubic foot

Description: Mission publication.


/5 Subject file

Inclusive dates: 1930s-ongoing (bulk: 1960s-ongoing)

Volume: 4.0 cubic feet

Description: Relate primarily to financial matters.


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.