GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 2: Midwest United States
South Dakota: SD-35

Immaculate Conception Church
206 Crow Creek Loop
Stephan, SD 57346

Phone: 605-852-2216
Email: pastteam@gwtc.net

 

History: Immaculate Conception Church, Stephan, Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota, has been a predominantly Native American (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) parish in the Diocese of Sioux Falls (Archives: Sioux Falls, South Dakota).

1884-1885

Sioux Falls diocesan priests visited the Crow Creek Reservation from Ss. Peter and Paul, Pierre

1887-1971 (transferred to a Community corporation)

Benedictine Sisters (Yankton, South Dakota) established and administered Immaculate Conception School (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Crow Creek Reservation

1887-1954

Benedictines (St. Meinrad Abbey) (Archives: St. Meinrad, Indiana) established and administered Immaculate Conception Church/ Mission  

1954-1997

Benedictines (Blue Cloud Abbey) (Archives: St. Meinrad, Indiana) administered Immaculate Conception

1997-2000s

Priests of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart (U.S. Province, Hales Corners, Wisconsin) administered Immaculate Conception

2000s-present

Sioux Falls diocesan priests administered Immaculate Conception

Benedictines at Immaculate Conception attended the following Native American missions and stations in South Dakota:

1892-1896 (became a parish)

Corpus Christi Mission (Sans Arc Lakota), Cheyenne Agency, Cheyenne River Reservation

1894-1896 (transferred to Corpus Christi, Cheyenne Agency)

St. Joseph Mission (Sans Arc Lakota), Cherry Creek, Cheyenne River Reservation

1895-1923 (became a parish)

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

1897-1961 (became a parish) 

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

ca. 1908-1913 (became a mission)

Fort George station (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton), Crow Creek Reservation

1913-1923 (transferred to St. Mary's, Lower Brule)

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

ca. 1915-1917 (transferred to St. John's, Pierre)

Big Bend station (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Crow Creek Reservation

1917-1921 (became a parish)

St. Paul Mission (Yankton Dakota), Marty/ Ravinia

1917-1921 (transferred to St. Paul's, Marty)

St. John Mission (Yankton Dakota), Greenwood

1917-1921 (transferred to St. Paul's, Marty)

St. Francis Solano Mission (Yankton Dakota), White Swan

1917-1961 (transferred to St. John's, Pierre)

Sacred Heart Mission (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Big Bend, Crow Creek Reservation

1920-1921 (transferred to St. Paul's, Marty)

Ravinia Day School (Yankton Dakota), Ravinia

1923-1946 (closed)

St. Benedict Mission (Brulé Lakota), Soldier Creek Rosebud Reservation

1936-ca. 1957 (closed)

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

1956-1961 (became a parish)

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

1975-1982 (closed)

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

1975-present

St. Catherine/ Sacred Heart Mission (Santee, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Big Bend, Crow Creek Reservation

1975-present

Pierre Government Indian School (Dakota, Lakota)

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1884-ongoing

Volume: Several volumes

Description: Sacramental records for Immaculate Conception and its Native American missions and stations; baptisms and marriages, 1884-present; deaths, 1898-present; includes sacramental records of St. John Church, Pierre, South Dakota, 1961-1975.

 

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

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