GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
South Dakota: SD-17

St. Paul Church
102 Church Drive
Marty, SD 57380
P.O. Box 266
Marty, SD 57361

Phone: 605-384-3234
Email: See website (Contact Us)
https://martycatholic.wordpress.com/

 

History:

1839, 1866

Rev. Pierre-Jean de Smet, S.J., visited the Yankton Indians in South Dakota

1840

Rev. Christian Hoecken, S.J., visited the Yankton Indians in South Dakota

1877

Rev. Martin Marty, O.S.B., visited the Yankton Indians in South Dakota

1880-1881 (closed)

Rev. John F. Malo and the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Aberdeen, South Dakota) established and administered St. Ann Chapel and School (Yankton), Wheeler

1884-1887 (closed)

Yankton Indian Industrial School (Yankton), Yankton, Yankton Reservation

1884-1888

Sioux Falls diocesan priests visited the Yankton Reservation from St. Vincent, Springfield

1911-1913

Rev. Henry I. Westropp, S.J., and catechist Nicholas Black Elk (Oglala) visited the Yankton Reservation from St. Francis, St. Francis

1914-1916

Rev. Westropp established St. Paul Mission (Yankton), Ravinia, Yankton Reservation, and administered it with catechist Nicholas Black Elk

1917-1921

From Immaculate Conception, Stephan, Rev. Sylvester Eisenman, O.S.B., and the Benedictines (St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana) attended the Yankton Reservation missions: St. Paul Mission, St. John Mission (Yankton), Greenwood, and St. Francis Solano Mission (Yankton), White Swan

1920

An Indian day school opened at Ravinia

1921-1980s (transferred to Sioux Falls Diocese)

Benedictines (St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana, 1921-1954; Blue Cloud Abbey, Marvin, South Dakota, 1954-1997) administered St. Paul Church

1924-1975 (transferred to a community corporation)

St. Paul’s founded a parish school, which was staffed by teachers from the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People (Bensalem, Pennsylvania)

1935

Rev. Sylvester Eisenman, O.S.B., founded the Oblate Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Paul’s

1935-1980s

Oblate Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (Marty, South Dakota) also taught at St. Paul School

1980s-1997 (transferred to Regular Franciscans, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Province)

Diocesan priests administered St. Paul’s

1985-1997

From St. Mark’s, Lake Andes, a priest of Congregation of Priests of the Sacred Heart (United States Province) attended St. Paul’s with an Oblate Sister of the Blessed Sacrament and a Permanent Deacon

1997-present

From St. Mark’s, Lake Andes, a Regular Franciscan (Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Province, Loretto, Pennsylvania), attended St. Paul’s with an Oblate Sister of the Blessed Sacrament and a Permanent Deacon

First Jesuits and then Benedictines from St. Paul's attended the following Indian missions, stations, and schools in South Dakota and Nebraska: 

1915-1916 (transferred to Immaculate Conception, Stephan)

St. John Mission (Yankton), Greenwood, South Dakota

1915-1916 (transferred to Holy Rosary, Pine Ridge)

Sacred Heart Mission (Santee, Ponca), Santee, Santee Reservation, Nebraska

Sacred Heart Mission (Santee, Ponca), Santee, Santee Reservation, Nebraska

St. Francis Solano Mission (Yankton), Lake Andes/ White Swan, South Dakota

1921-present

St. John the Evangelist Mission (Yankton), Greenwood, South Dakota

1931-1957 (closed)

Sacred Heart Mission (Santee, Ponca), Santee, Nebraska

1934-1948 (closed)

St. John Day School (Yankton), Greenwood, South Dakota

1938-1958 (closed)

St. Gregory Mission (Brulé), Greenwood/ Missouri Bottom, South Dakota

1939-1946 (closed)

St. Placid Home for Homeless Indian Babies (Yankton), Marty, South Dakota

1940-1965 (closed)

St. Catherine of Sienna Mission (Yankton), Rising Hail Colony, South Dakota

1941-1957 (closed)

Sacred Heart Mission (Santee, Ponca), Niobrara, Nebraska

1948-1957 (transferred to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Lynch, Nebraska)

St. William Mission (Santee, Ponca), Niobrara, Nebraska

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1839-ongoing

Volume: At least 1 cubic foot

Description: The records at St. Paul Mission were not organized according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette University archivist, 1984. Consequently, the description is by record type. 

 

/1 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1839-ongoing

Volume: At least 6 volumes

Description:

A. Baptisms, 1839-ongoing; baptisms from 1839 to ca. 1870s were transcribed by Rev. Henry Westropp, S.J., ca. 1910s

B. Marriages, 1922-ongoing

C. Deaths, 1918-ongoing

D. First communions, 1944-ongoing

 

/2 Census record

Inclusive dates: 1940s

Volume: 1 folder:

Description: Lists members of each household in the parish.

 

/3 Financial records

Inclusive dates: 1920s-ongoing

Volume: At least 1 folder

Description: Primarily deeds, abstracts, and other documentation dealing with land transactions.

 

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.

New1984/rev2003-2019

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