“To be a part of such a rich culture brings a fullness to my life. I attend masses at other churches sometimes and I can see how the communities are [at these churches] and they are all similar in some ways but also different. I’m so grateful that we have the gospel that’s read all over the world. We can bring what it means to our traditional people. A lot of people don’t realize that American Indians are still here on this earth, so it’s gratifying to see that we have this [American Indian Ministry] which has continued—that is what I’m really grateful for.
I think our community as an American Indian Ministry has been around so long because there has always been that continuation of people coming in and seeing how it impacts their life and what it means to them and their family. I believe it’s always going to continue because the people are there for each other.
I want everybody to realize how important each person is in this world. I want people to know that we are a part of [this world, too.] I want our American Indian ways to continue and everybody is welcome to share in [these ways] with us.”