GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
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).

1895-1923

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

1923-present

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

1942-1944

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

1998-2003

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

Description:

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.

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