GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
South Dakota: SD-31

Catholic Church. Diocese of Sioux Falls. Chancery
423 North Duluth Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Phone: 605-334-9861

 

Hours: By appointment only, Monday-Friday, 9:00-12:00, 1:00-5:00

Access: No restrictions

Copying facilities: Yes 

 

History: The Vicariate Apostolic of Dakota was erected for Dakota Territory from territory in the Diocese of St. Paul, 1879, from which the Diocese of Sioux Falls was erected, 1889. The Sioux Falls Diocese and its predecessors have served the following missions, parishes, and schools among Native Americans in North and South Dakota:

1876-present (Sioux Falls, 1879-1889)

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

1880-1881 (closed)

St. Ann Chapel and School (Yankton Dakota), Wheeler, Yankton Reservation, South Dakota

1880-1971 (closed) (Sioux Falls, 1880-1902)

Assumption / St. Benedict's Church, (Hunkpapa Lakota), Kenel, Standing Rock Reservation, South Dakota

1882-present (Sioux Falls, 1882-1889)

St. John Church (Cree, Métis, Ojibwa), St. John, near Turtle Mountain Reservation, North Dakota

1883-1894 (no longer Native) (Sioux Falls, 1883-1889)

St. Paul Mission (Ojibwa), Tarsus, North Dakota

1885-present (Sioux Falls,1885-1889)

Our Lady of Seven Dolors Church (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Fort Totten, Fort Totten Reservation, North Dakota

1886-present (Sioux Falls, 1886-1902)

St. Francis Mission (Brulé Lakota), St. Francis, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota

1887-present (Sioux falls, 1887-1902)

St. Bede Mission (Hunkpapa Lakota), Wakpala, Standing Rock Reservation, South Dakota

1887-present (Sioux Falls, 1887-1889)

St. Ann Church (Métis, Ojibwa), Belcourt, Turtle Mountain Reservation, North Dakota

1887-present (Sioux Falls, 1887-1889)

St. Anthony Mission (Métis, Ojibwa), Alcide/ Laureat, near Turtle Mountain Reservation, North Dakota

1887-present

Immaculate Conception Church (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Stephan, Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota

1888-present (Sioux Falls, 1888-1902)

Red Cloud Indian School/ Holy Rosary Mission (Oglala Lakota), Pine Ridge, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

1890-present (Sioux Falls, 1890-1902)

St. Aloysius Mission (Hunkpapa Lakota), Bullhead, Standing Rock Reservation, South Dakota

1892-1959 (closed) (Sioux Falls, 1892-1902)

Corpus Christi Church (Sans Arc Lakota), Cheyenne Agency, Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota

1894-present (Sioux Falls, 1894-1902)

St. Joseph Church (Sans Arc Lakota), Cherry Creek, Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota

1894-present

St. Matthew/ St. Andrew Mission (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Veblen, Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota

1895-present (Sioux Falls, 1895-1902)

St. Mary Mission (Brulé Lakota), Lower Brule, Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota

1896-1903 (closed) (Sioux Falls, 1896-1902)

St. Catherine Mission (Sans Arc Lakota), Bad River, Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota

1896-1950 (closed) (Sioux Falls, 1896-1902)

St. Edward Mission (Hunkpapa Lakota), Mad Bears Camp, Standing Rock Reservation, South Dakota

1897-present

St. Joseph Church (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Fort Thompson/ Crow Creek, Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota

1899-present (Sioux Falls, 1899-1902)

St. Peter Mission (Brulé Lakota), Okreek/ Oak Creek, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota

1899-1980s? (closed) (Sioux Falls, 1899-1902)

St. Ignatius Mission (Brulé Lakota), White River, South Dakota

1901-1959 (closed) (Sioux Falls, 1901-1902)

St. Joseph Mission (Oglala Lakota), Hisle/ Bear Creek, South Dakota

1901-ca. 1973 (closed) (Sioux Falls, 1901-1902)

St. Peter Mission (Oglala Lakota), Wounded Knee Creek, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

1901-present (Sioux Falls, 1901-1902)

Sacred Heart Church (Oglala Lakota), Pine Ridge, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

1913-1981 (closed)

Divine Infant Mission (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Fort George, Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota

1915-unknown (closed)

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

1917-1978 (closed)

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

1917-present

St. Catherine/ Sacred Heart Mission (Yankton Dakota), Big Bend, South Dakota [near Fort Thompson]

1923-1965 (closed)

St. Benedict Mission (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Peavey Ranch, Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota

1927-present

St. Joseph Indian School (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, Lakota), Chamberlain, South Dakota

1935-1938 (closed)

Our Lady of the Snows Mission (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), place unknown, South Dakota

1936-ca. 1957 (closed)

Good Shepherd Mission (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Grace Mission, place unknown, South Dakota

1938-1958 (closed)

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

1938-1969 (closed)

Tekakwitha Indian Children's Home (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Sisseton, Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota

1940-1965 (closed)

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

1956-1982 (closed)

St. John Mission (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Pierre, South Dakota

1956-present

St. Joseph Mission (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Pickerel Lake, Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota

1958-present

St. Peter/ Catherine Mission (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Sisseton, Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota

1980-2000s (closed)?

Kateri Indian Center (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Unknown-present

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, Sisseton, Lake Traverse Reservation

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans: 

Inclusive dates: 1839-ongoing

Volume: At least 1.8 cubic feet and 6 rolls of microfilm

Description: 4 series include Native Catholic records: Regarding the papers of Bishop Martin Marty, O.S.B. (1834-1896), Robert F. Karolevitz wrote in "The Black Robe Lean Chief," ca. 1980, that Bishop Thomas O’Gorman destroyed the corpus of Bishop Marty’s papers in 1896.

 

/1 Mission Files

Inclusive dates: 1897, 1926-ongoing

Volume: At least 1.3 cubic feet

Description: This series consists of correspondence and is arranged alphabetically by location of the mission or the name of the institution or the order.

A. "Blue Cloud Abbey," 1969-1978, .15 cubic foot: major correspondents include Bishop Lambert Hoch, Abbot Gilbert Hess, O.S.B. [Benedictines], and Abbot Alan Berndt, O.S.B. Closed 2012

B. "Chamberlain, St. Joseph's Indian School," 1927-1967, .1 cubic foot: major correspondents include Reverend Henry Hogebach, S.C.J. [Congregation of the Priest of the Sacred Heart], Reverend Joseph Speyer, S.C.J., Rev. Richard Kiefer, S.C.J., Rev. Gregory Bezy, S.C.J., Rev. George Pinger, S.C.J., Rev. Jude Blaszcyk, S.C.J., Bishop Bernard J. Mahoney, Bishop William O. Brady, and Bishop Lambert Hoch

C. "Flandreau, Ss. Simon and Jude Church," 1946-1964, 1 folder: correspondence contains references to the Flandreau Government Indian School; major correspondents include Rev. George E. Kelly, Rev. Felix McCabe, Bishop William Brady, and Bishop Lambert Hoch

D. "Marty, St. Paul's Mission and School," 1926, 1930, 1934-1943, 1946-1978, .4 cubic foot: major correspondents include Rev. Sylvester Eisenman, O.S.B., Rev. Gaulbert Brunsman, O.S.B., Rev. George Lyon, O.S.B., Rev. Michael O'Reilly, O.S.B., Bishop Bernard Mahoney, Bishop William Brady, Bishop Lambert Hoch, and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions

E. "Marty Oblate Sisters," (Oblate Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Marty, South Dakota), 1930s-1967, 1974-1978, .3 cubic foot: major correspondents include the sister superiors at the motherhouse, Bishop Bernard Mahoney, Bishop William Brady, Bishop Lambert Hoch, and Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Bensalem, Pennsylvania

F. "Sisseton, St. Peter's Church and Tekakwitha Mission and Orphanage," 1934-1967, .2 cubic foot: major correspondents include Rev. John Pohlen, O.S.B., Bishop Bernard Mahoney, Bishop William Brady, and Bishop Lambert Hoch

G. "Stephan, Immaculate Conception Mission and School, and Fort Thompson, St. Joseph's Church," 1897, 1933-1968, .1 cubic foot: major correspondents include Rev. Justin Snyder, O.S.B., Rev. Augustine Edele, O.S.B., Bishop Bernard Mahoney, Bishop William Brady, and Bishop Lambert Hoch

 

/2 Financial and Statistical Reports

Inclusive dates: 1914-ongoing

Volume: At least .4 cubic foot

Description: This series is arranged alphabetically by location of the mission. Reports appear annually for each Indian mission. 

 

/3 Sacramental Records

Inclusive dates: 1839-1957

Volume: 6 reels of microfilm

Description: The sacramental records were microfilmed, 1957, and are arranged alphabetically by location of the parish.

A. Britton, St. John de Britto Church, 1906-1913: includes records for St. Matthew/ St. Andrew Mission, Veblen

B. Flandreau, Ss. Simon and Jude Church, 1893-1957: includes records for students at the Flandreau Government Indian School

C. Marty, St. Paul Mission, 1839-1957

D. Pierre, Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 1884-1885, ca.1891-1956: includes records for the Crow Creek Reservation and for students at the Pierre Government Indian School

E. Sisseton, St. Catherine Church and the Sisseton Reservation Missions, 1895-1957

F. Stephan, Immaculate Conception Mission, 1884-1957

 

/4 Diocesan Newspaper

Inclusive dates: 1947-ongoing

Volume: Unknown

Description: The Bishop's Bulletin, has been a monthly publication with articles on or references to Native Americans within the diocese, especially with respect to parishes and schools with significant Native involvement.  Rev. Stanislaus Maudlin, O.S.B., a diocesan Vicar for Native Americans, wrote a related monthly column, ca.2000-2006. Since November 2008, issues have been archived online.

 

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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