Volume 2: Midwest United States
South Dakota: SD-32

St. Peter Church and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church
619 North Main Avenue (physical address)
525 East Chestnut Street (mailing address)
Sisseton, SD 57262

Phone: 605-698-7206


History: St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church and St. Peter Church, Sisseton, Roberts County, South Dakota, have been two mixed Native (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) and non-Native American parishes on the Lake Traverse Reservation and in the Diocese of Sioux Falls (Archives: Sioux Falls, South Dakota). They share offices and staff.


History of St. Catherine Church and the Lake Traverse Reservation


Sioux Falls diocesan priests visited the Lake Traverse/ Sisseton Reservation (Sisseton-Wahpeton) from St. John’s, Wahpeton, North Dakota   

1886-ca. 1890

St. Paul (Minnesota) diocesan priests visited the reservation from St. Mary's, Beardsley, Minnesota 1894-1906 Diocesan priests established and attended St. Andrew Mission, Veblen, from Sisseton  


Ursulines (unknown) established and staffed St. Andrew School, Sisseton


Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Sisseton, was built


Sioux Falls diocesan priests attended St. Matthew/ St. Andrew’s, Veblen, from St. John’s, Britton, South Dakota


Became a parish; Sioux Falls diocesan priests administered St. Matthew Church

1923-1965 (closed)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and attended St. Benedict Mission, Peevey Ranch

1935-1938 (closed)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and attended Our Lady of the Snows Mission  


Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and attended St. Joseph Mission, Pickeral Lake


Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and administered St. Catherine Mission, Sisseton


Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and administered St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church


Sister Irene (Kathryn) De Marrais, S.D.S. [Sisters of the Divine Savior] (Sisseton and Wahpeton), established and administered the Johnson O’Malley Pre-School


Sioux Falls diocesan priests have administered St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church and have attended to St. Peter Church and the Tekakwitha Living Center


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1895-omgoing

Volume: At least .3 cubic foot

Description: The records at St. Kateri Tekakwitha 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: 1895- ongoing

Volume: At least 3 volumes

Description: For St. Catherine Mission, St. Matthew/ St. Andrew Mission, St. Benedict Mission, Our Lady of the Snows Mission, and St. Joseph Mission; baptisms, 1895-ongoing; marriages, 1900- ongoing; deaths 1956- ongoing; first communions, 1944- ongoing


/2 Photographs

Inclusive dates: 1976-ongoing

Volume: At least 2 scrapbooks containing 175 prints

Description: Subjects include "summer camp" and various festivals and celebrations.


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.