American Indian Ministry

This ministry operates at the Parish of Gichitwaa Kateri (Saint Kateri Tekakwitha) in South Minneapolis. The American Indian Ministry provides direct support to the parish to provide services to an estimated 2,500 children, adults, and elderly persons on an annual basis within American Indian Catholic families.

The mission of the American Indian ministry is to promote and nurture the Catholic Faith in the American Indian community in a way which is sensitive to and incorporates the American Indian culture.

Programs/Events Include:

  • The Miigeweyon Hearse Project
  • American Indian Cultural Programs
    • Pipe Ceremonies, Memorial of the Dead, Indian Drum and Dance, Naming Ceremonies
  • Regional Kateri Conference
  • Funeral Food Shelf
  • Indian Christmas Program
  • Sacramental Support
  • Cultural Camps
  • Tix for Tots
  • Sobriety Feast, honoring years of sobriety
  • Quilting and Sewing Program

Did you know?

  • In this last year, the American Indian Ministry’s Miigeweyon Hearse Project transported 10 members of the Indian community home to their reservations.
  • In 2016, 200 children were given full school supplies including backpacks from the help of 5 different parishes.

2017 CSAF Goal Amount: $200,000


For most ministries, CSAF funds only part of their annual budget. Some ministries have other sources of funds, such as participant fees and direct donor gifts for some of their programs.