GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
North Dakota: ND-3

Catholic Church. Diocese of Bismarck. Chancery
Center for Pastoral Ministry
520 North Washington Street
P.O. Box 1575
Bismarck, ND 58501

Phone: 701-223-3035
Email: info@bismarckdiocese.com

Open: See website (Offices & Ministries: Chancery)

Access: Some restrictions may apply

Copying facilities: Yes

 

History: The Diocese of Bismarck was erected for western North Dakota from part of the Diocese of Fargo, 1909. In 1999, the Bismarck Diocese reported 1,800 baptized Native American Catholics. Within this territory, the diocese has served Native Americans through the following missions and parishes: 

1876-present (Bismarck, 1909-present)

St. Peter Church (Hunkpapa Lakota), Standing Rock Reservation, Fort Yates

1889-1963 (closed) (Bismarck, 1909-1963)

Immaculate Conception/ Sacred Heart Mission (Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan), Fort Berthold Reservation, Packineau Dam Site/ Elbowoods

1890-present (Bismarck, 1909-present)

St. Elizabeth Mission (Hunkpapa Lakota), Standing Rock Reservation, Cannonball

1896-present (Bismarck, 1909-present)

St. James Mission (Hunkpapa Lakota), Standing Rock Reservation, Porcupine

1906-1969 (closed) (Bismarck, 1909-1969)

St. Andrew Mission (Arickara, Hidatsa, Mandan), Fort Berthold Reservation, Nishu/ Armstrong

1906-1969 (closed) (Bismarck, 1909-1969)

Holy Family/ St. Michael Mission (Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan), Fort Berthold Reservation, Shell Creek/ Shell Village 

1907-1921 (closed) (Bismarck, 1909-1921)

St. John Mission (Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan), Fort Berthold Reservation, Crow Heart's Landing

1911-present

St. Anthony of Padua Church (Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan), Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandaree/ Independence

1916-1950s (no longer Native)

St. John the Baptist Mission (Ojibwa, Métis), Trenton

1920-1937 (closed)

St. Bernard Mission (Hunkpapa Lakota), Standing Rock Reservation, Red Cedar

1928-present

St. Joseph Mission (Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan), Fort Berthold Reservation, Twin Buttes/ Crow's Heart

1955-1970 (closed)

Queen of Peace Mission (Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan), Fort Berthold Reservation, Raub

1963-1990s (closed)

Sacred Heart Mission (Arikara, Hidatsa, Mandan), Fort Berthold Reservation, White Shield

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1868-ongoing

Volume: At least 1.0 cubic foot

Description: 7 series include Native Catholic records:

 

/1 Parish Files

Inclusive dates: 1910-ongoing

Volume: .3 cubic foot

Description: Correspondence arranged alphabetically by mission location.

A. "Elbowoods and Mandaree, Fort Berthold Reservation," 1910-ongoing, .2 cubic foot: major correspondents include Reverends Reinhard Kaufmann, Aloysius Bittman, and Stephen Kranz, Bishops Vincent Wehrle, O.S.B., Vincent J. Ryan, Lambert A. Hoch, and Hilary B. Hacker, and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions

B. "Fort Yates, Standing Rock Reservation," 1924-1925, 1930, 1935-ongoing, .1 cubic foot: major correspondents include Reverends Bernard Strassmaier, O.S.B. and Alfred Meyer and Bishops Vincent Wehrle, O.S.B., Vincent Ryan, Lambert Hoch, and Hilary Hacker

 

/2 Financial and Statistical Reports

Inclusive dates: 1940

Volume: .1 cubic foot Description: Arranged alphabetically by mission location.

A. "Fort Yates, Standing Rock Reservation," 1940-ongoing, 3 folders: St. Peter Mission, Fort Yates, 1940, 1955, 1970-ongoing; St. James, Porcupine, 1945, 1954-1955, 1957-1958, 1970-ongoing; St. Elizabeth's, Cannonball, 1940, 1970-ongoing

B. "Mandaree, Fort Berthold Reservation," 1940, 1955, 1970-ongoing, 1 folder

 

/3 "Religious Men"

Inclusive dates: 1941-ongoing

Volume: At least .2 cubic foot

Description: Correspondence with Benedictine abbeys, re: assignments and financial support at Fort Berthold and Standing Rock Reservations; arranged alphabetically by name of abbey.

A. Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota, 1948-ongoing, .15 cubic foot: includes correspondence regarding the Fort Berthold Reservation missions; major correspondents include Bishop Vincent Ryan, Bishop Lambert Hoch, Bishop Hilary Hacker, Abbot Cuthbert Goeb, O.S.B. and Abbot Robert West, O.S.B.

B. Conception Abbey, Conception, Missouri, 1941-ongoing, 1 folder: includes correspondence regarding the Standing Rock Reservation missions; major correspondents include Bishop Vincent Ryan, Bishop Lambert Hoch, Bishop Hilary Hacker, Abbot Stephen Schappler, O.S.B., Abbot Anselm Coppersmith, O.S.B., Abbot Kevin McGonigle, O.S.B., and Abbot Jerome Hanus, O.S.B.

 

/4 "National"

Inclusive dates: 1941-ongoing 

Volume: .1 cubic foot 

Description: Contains 2 folders labeled "Indian Missions," which include correspondence between the bishops, the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, and the Commission for Catholic Missions Among the Colored People and the Indians.

 

/5 "Diocesan-General"

Inclusive dates: 1943, 1948, 1954 

Volume: 5 letters

Description: Includes a folder labeled "Indian Missions."

 

/6 Sacramental Records

Inclusive dates: 1868, 1876-ongoing

Volume: 6 reels of microfilm

Description: Arranged alphabetically by mission location.

A. Bismarck, St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, 1908-ca. 1930s, 1 reel: includes records for students at the Bismarck Government Indian School

B. Cannonball, St. Elizabeth Mission, 1868, 1877-1954, 1 reel

C. Elbowoods, Sacred Heart Church, 1889-1954, 1 reel

D. Fort Yates, St. Peter Church, 1868, 1876-1954, 1 reel

E. Odense, St. John Church, 1916-1920, 1 reel: includes records for St. Bernard Mission, Red Cedar

F. Williston, St. Joseph Church, 1916-1954, 1 reel: includes records for St. John the Baptist Mission, Trenton

 

/7 Diocesan Newspaper

Inclusive dates: 1941-ongoing 

Volume: .1 cubic foot

Description: Dakota Catholic Action, includes occasional articles on Native Americans and Catholic evangelization within the diocese.

 

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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