The Office of Indian Ministry
was established following Archbishop Roach’s pastoral: The New Beginning in 1975 with offices above Branch I in a building owned by Catholic Charities.
Its work was largely direct service, acting as liaison with other American Indian resources.
It also had a regular Sunday community who attended liturgy and participated in programs such as the hearse project, the memorial of the dead and the homicide memorial for all Indians murdered throughout the year.
Deacon John Spears from Red Lake was a leader in the work of the agency.
The agency moved to 3045 Park Avenue in 1995.
This created the opportunity to develop the Sunday community into a parish by offering a place to gather which was our own,
to host events such as the Mini-Tekakwitha Conferences for the reservations in the State, develop programs, be available to the wider Indian community for wakes.
We worked with Amy Klobuchar in further developing the homicide memorial and our Memorial of all the Indian dead from the Twin Cities.
This was held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center.
Christine Roy also developed a Health Fair engaging agencies that worked in health related issues.
This program had cancer screening, diabetes prevention and scanning etc.
With our own parochial community we had summer camps and rice camps which are deeply embedded in the cultural life of the Indian people.
We also developed religious education, Pastoral Council, Finance Council.
The Church of Gichitwaa Kateri
was established by Archbishop Flynn as a quasi- parish and mission of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 2009.
This recognized our identity and status.