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Our Lady of the Sioux

Stained Glass Windows from Our lady of the Sioux Chapel in Chamberlain, SD

The Sacred Pipe/Kateri Tekakwitha
Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American nominated for sainthood by the Catholic Church.
Hanblecheyapi - Vision Quest (left)
Father De Smet, SJ (right)
Father De Smet was the first Jesuit to work among South Dakota's native people.
Inipi - Rites of Purification (left)
Bishop Martin Marty (right)
Bishop Marty did much good work among the Sioux.
Wiwanyag Wachipi - Sundance (left)
Benedictines (right)
Monks and nuns dedicated their lives to working with the Sioux.

Cathechists (left)
Nagi Gluhapi - Keeping of the Soul (right)
Native American catechists helped teach the Faith.

Priests of the Sacred Heart (left)
Hunkapi - Making of relatives (right)
The priests of the Sacred Heart came to Lower Brule, SD in 1923.  In 1927 they opened St. Joseph's Indian School.
Oblate Sisters (left)
Ishna Ta Awi Cha Low An - Preparing a girl for womanhood (right)
The Oblate Sisters are the only Native American community of sisters in the United States.
Yutapi Wakan translates "They are eating holy."


Native American Clergy (left)
Tapa Wanka Yap - Throwing of the ball (right) 
Now Native Americans serve the church.