May is American Indian Month in Minnesota

By declaration of the Governor, May is American Indian month in Minnesota. Our St. Cloud Fraternity of Secular Franciscans shares history with Minnesota’s tribal communities. St. Cloud Fraternity members have worked in various ways with our state’s tribal communities, including teaching in schools on the White Earth Reservation, developing and facilitating Dakota and Ojibwe language revitalization with Native American youth, working in and across state and federal agencies to support resiliency of Native American youth, and in leadership of a current statewide initiative to better support Native American students with disabilities toward high school graduation, as well as postsecondary education and employment. In Minnesota, there are seven Anishinaabe (Chippewa, Ojibwe) reservations and four Dakota (Sioux) communities. The Minnesota Department of Health provides excellent basic information about our state’s tribal communities and history. CBS News has a list and information about American Indian Month events in Minnesota. The Minnesota Native News is an excellent podcast for keeping up on news and issues in our state’s tribal communities. In addition, the podcast Native Lights profiles cultural leaders in Minnesota’s tribal communities. (photo: Anishinaabe or Dakota dance blanket, c. 1840-1850, Minneapolis Institute of Art)

Are you feeling called by your Catholic faith to find ways to support indigenous communities and families? Are you studying for or working in a profession to support indigenous communities and families? Or maybe you find yourself in that role within your own community or family? Are you considering whether the Secular Franciscan Order (O.F.S.) would bring and grow the spiritual dimension in your daily life and work? We would love to hear from you! E-mail the St. Cloud Fraternity of Secular Franciscans at

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