St. Mary's Mission

Red Lake, MN

March 20th - March 26th, 2016

 

Red Lake Reservation

Red Lake Indian Reservation is home to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa. It is one of two closed reservations in United States. A closed reservation means that only members of the tribe and their families are allowed to live on the reservation.

St. Mary's Mission School and Church

In 1888, two Benedictine Sisters from the monestary in St. Joseph responded to a request from the people of Red Lake to minister on the reservation. They founded St. Mary's Mission School. Originally a school for girls, St. Mary's was a resource for the natives on the reservation to learn English and expand their faith.  Grounded in the Benedictine Values, St. Mary's Mission School today provides pre-school through sixth grade schooling enriched with faith and the Anishinaabe culture for any child living on the Red Lake Reservation.

This ABE provides students with the opportunity to experience the rich culture of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa. Participants will learn that, in reality, they themselves are the immigrants of Minnesota. Students will primarily serve in classrooms at the Mission School helping teachers and students throughout the school day. They will also have a chance to meet with community elders, learn about Anishinaabe culture, and experience how Catholicism and native culture come together at the Mission.

Unemployment and poverty are also issues those living on the Red Lake Reservation face. Students will learn how they affect the present and future of the community at Red Lake.


 

What to Expect:

  • Cost: Each ABE trip costs $425.
  • Travel: The group travels from campus to Red Lake by van.
  • Lodging: Participants will stay in the old convent next to the Mission School. Beds and bedding are provided.
  • Food: Most meals will be provided by the Mission. Any meals not provided by the work sites will be supplemented with funds given to the Co-Leaders following the SNAP Challenge.
  • Work: Participants will work at St. Mary's Mission School and help out in the classrooms.
  • Extra Fun: Get to know the culture of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwea, visit with tribal elders, and various opportunities for mass and prayer at the Mission church.
  • Focus: Inter-cultural learning and understanding, community, education, learning, economic issues

 

Interested in applying to co-lead or be a participant on the Red Lake trip?  Apply here to co-lead, here to participate and here to advise!

Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!

Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at abe@csbsju.edu

ABE Spring Trip

 Packing List


Special Points of Interest:

  • Ojibwea/Annishinaabe Culture
  • Education
  • Cross-cultural learning
  • Poverty
  • Community
  • Local Issues
  • Future volunteer opportunity
  • Tribal Sovereignty

 From past participants:

"Be ready to be transformed through the beauty and hope of the people of Red Lake." - 2015 participant

"Red Lake is rich in culture and spirit, but it struggles with so many issues stemming from poverty." - 2015 participant  

"Visiting with the elders gave great insight on justice issues, the needs and concerns for building a sense of cultured pride among the youth in this day of so many negative pulls that face that age group today." - 2015 participant