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, meaning 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
"I never thought I'd feel so far from home when I was only 3 hours away. The kids have so much love to give and also have much to receive. Red Lake will always have a special place in my heart." - 2016 participant
"My experience at St. Mary's Mission in Red Lake inspired me to live my life for Christ." - 2016 participant
"In the face of incredible amounts of suffering, the people of Red Lake - and especially the children - emulate God's presence through their perpetual joy." - 2016 participant