GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
South Dakota: SD-33

Tekakwitha Housing Corporation and Tekakwitha Living Center
711 Veterans Avenue
Sisseton SD 57262

Phone: 605-698-7693

 

History: The Tekakwitha Housing Corporation, the Tekakwitha Living Center, et.al., Sisseton, South Dakota, have served the Lake Traverse Reservation in the Diocese of Sioux Falls (Archives: Sioux Falls, South Dakota).

1935-1964 (closed)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate (North Central Area) (Archives: Washington, D.C.) and Sisters of the Divine Savior (Archives: Milwaukee, Wisconsin) established and administered the Tekakwitha Hospital (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Sisseton, Sisseton Reservation

1938-1969 (closed)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate and Sisters of the Divine Savior established and administered the Tekakwitha Adolescent Treatment Facility/ Indian Children's Home/ Orphanage, School, and Chapel (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Sisseton 

1962-1991

Oblates of Mary Immaculate and Sisters of the Divine Savior established and administered the Tekakwitha Nursing Center (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Sisseton

1989-present

Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and administered the Tekakwitha Housing Corporation, Sisseton

1989-1990s (closed)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and administered the Tekakwitha Fine Arts Center, Sisseton

1989-1990s (closed)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate established and administered the Tekakwitha Indian Mission (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Sisseton

1991-1996 (transferred to Benedictine Health System)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate continued to administer the Tekakwitha Nursing Center

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1938-1969, undated

Volume: 1.6 cubic feet

Description: The records of the Tekakwitha Adolescent Treatment Facility were not organized according to a classification scheme when inspected by a Marquette University archivist, 1980. Consequently, their description is by record type.

 

/1 School records

Inclusive dates: 1938-1969

Volume: At least 1.5 cubic feet

Description: Student files arranged alphabetically by surname; for each child there is a permanent record card containing the following information: name, date of admission, family background, religion, health record, previous schools, grades, test scores, and "character training;" some folders contain more extensive documentation, such as correspondence and progress reports. 

 

/2 Financial reports

Inclusive dates: 1972-ongoing

Volume: At least 1 folder

Description: Annual reports to the Oblate Provincial House (St. Paul, Minnesota).

 

/3 Minutes of administrative meetings

Inclusive dates: 1941-ongoing

Volume: At least 1 volume

Description: Meetings of the administrators of the school and home.

 

/4 Correspondence

Inclusive dates: 1949

Volume: 4 letters

Description: To Rev. John Pohlen, O.S.B. [Benedictines]

 

/5 Photographs

Inclusive dates: Undated

Volume: At least 7 prints

Description: Photographs of Native children and school buildings.

 

Unless noted otherwise, the repository named above holds (or held) the records described and not the Marquette University Archives.

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