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Native American News & Events


Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the "Lily of the Mohawks"

A statue of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha is seen outside her shrine in Fonday, NY.  CNS Photo/Nancy Phelan Weichec.

Nicholas W. Black Elk, Sr.

News Release - Bishops Approve Canonical Step for Sainthood Cause for Lakota Catechist - Read the news release about how the U.S. Bishops approved the canonical consultation of canonization for a Lakota Catechist at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore.

Catholic News Service (CNS) - Sainthood cause of Lakota catechist moves forward by Rhina Guidos - Read the CNS article about the how the U.S. bishops voted to move forward the sainthood cause of Nicholas W. Black Elk, a 19th-century Lakota catechist who is said to have introduced hundreds of Lakota people to the Catholic faith.

Events in 2019

June 7, 2019 - The Subcommittee on Native American Affairs meeting will be held via video conference.

June 21, 2019 - The Diocese of Arlington's Annual Mass for Multicultural Communities will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, VA. The main celebrant will be Most Rev. Michael Burbidge.

July 17-19, 2019 - The 80th Annual Tekakwitha Conference will be held at the Sharonville Convention Center in Sharonville, OH. The theme for this year's conference is From All Directions, St. Kateri Leads us to Holiness.

November 2019 - The Subcommittee on Native American Affairs meeting will be held in Baltimore, MD.

Ongoing Events

The Diocese of Charleston's Warrior Creek Kateri Circle meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to these gatherings which focus on celebrating, healing and sharing. For location and more information contact the Diocese of Charleston's Office of Ethnic Ministries at 864-242-2233 ext. 2627 or

Congregation of the Great Spirit is a predominantly Native American Indian parish of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The mission statement for the parish proclaims: We the Congregation of the Great Spirit, a Catholic American Indian Parish in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, with the help of our sister, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, commit ourselves to the fulfillment of our Baptism in Jesus Christ. Treasuring the priceless heritage of our American Indian Culture and Spirituality, we seek to be His Church-Native to this time, this place, and this culture. Please visit the parish's website for Mass times, events, bulletins, and ways to become involved.


Christmas 2017 - This edition included a warm Christmas greeting from Fr. Michael Carson, Assistant Director of Native American Affairs.

November 2017 - This edition included an informative article by Dana Attocknie of The Sooner Catholic about the opening of a place of Native American spirituality, healing and Catholic culture. The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Spiritual Center is on the campus of Saint Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The article explains the Center's mission and outreach. Also included is a reminder of the upcoming events such as the BICM Training and Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

August 2017 - This edition included highlights from Fr. Michael Carson about the 2017 Annual Tekakwitha Conference held in July. Also included is a save the date reminder for the BICM training being held at the Mid-Atlantic Congress on February 15-17, 2018 in Baltimore, MD and an article by Dr. Ansel Augustine about the wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras (Black Masking) Indians of New Orleans.

Easter/April 2017 - This edition included a special Easter season greeting from Fr. Michael Carson and the importance of how the Native American Community carries out Christ's two-fold mission especially during this time of year.

February 2017 - This edition included a message from Fr. Michael Carson about the importance of building bridges in our faith as well as providing a quick update on Native American ministry in different arch/dioceses.

Christmas/December 2016 - This first edition of the quarterly e-newsletter introduced us to Fr. Michael Carson, Assistant Director of Native American Affairs. He provided a special Christmas and New Year's greeting and gave thanks for all the gifts received and given.

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