Volume 2: Midwest United States
South Dakota: SD-12

St. Mary Church
508 Gall Street
P.O. Box 185
Lower Brule, SD 57568

Phone: 605-473-5335


History: St. Mary Church, Lower Brule, Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota, has been a predominantly Native American (Brulé Lakota) parish in the Diocese of Sioux Falls (Archives: Sioux Falls, South Dakota).


Benedictines (St. Meinrad Archabbey) (Archives: St. Meinrad, Indiana) at Immaculate Conception, Stephan, South Dakota, established and attended to St. Mary Mission (Brulé Lakota)


Congregation of Priests of the Sacred Heart (United States Province) (Archives: Franklin, Wisconsin) administered St. Mary Church


Fire destroyed St. Mary Church, which was rebuilt 2 years later


Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Family (Archives: Dubuque, Iowa) evangelized St. Mary’s 

Priests of the Sacred Heart from St. Mary's have attended the following missions and stations among the Brulé Indians on the Lower Brule Reservation:

1923-1981 (closed)

Divine Infant Mission, Fort George

1923-1939 (closed)

Cedar Creek station

1923-1939 (closed)

Medicine Creek station


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1923-ongoing

Volume: At least 2.3 cubic feet

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


/1 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1923-ongoing

Volume: At least 3 volumes


A. Baptisms and marriages, 1923-ongoing

B. Deaths, 1926-ongoing

C. First communions and confirmations, 1974-ongoing


/2 Financial records

Inclusive dates: 1973-1977/ongoing

Volume: At least 2 volumes

Description: Journals with monthly statements


/3 Subject file

Inclusive dates: 1977-ongoing

Volume: At least 2 cubic feet

Description: Alphabetically arranged records generated and collected by Rev. Patrick Lloyd, C.S.J. [Congregation of Priests of the Sacred Heart], Rev. Paul Casper, C.S.J., and others. 


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.