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 monastery 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.
Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!
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From past participants:
"Be ready to be transformed through the beauty and hope of the people of Red Lake." - 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