Catholic Education on the Reservation

One of the bonus treats of my trip is the chance to visit a type of place I’ve never gone before. Winnebago, Nebraska was just such a place.

While I had driven through Indian reservations before, this was my first stop on one. I was there to attend the school Mass at St. Augustine Indian School, one of the many schools for Native Americans founded by Saint Katharine Drexel.

The school serves both the Winnebago and neighboring Omaha tribes, with almost all of the students either children who live on one of the reservations or kids with Native American ancestry. It was an enlightening experience, and I want to thank Deacon Don Blackbird, the school principal and a member of the Omaha Tribe, for his time and hospitality.

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The school Mass.
The art at the parish is mostly from Native culture
The exterior of St. Augustine
The stained glass.

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