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:

1935-1964 (closed)

Oblates of Mary Immaculate (North Central Area, St. Paul, Minnesota) and Sisters of the Divine Savior (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.

 

/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. 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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