By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Nuns at Saint Benedict’s Monastery have issued an apology and are working with the White Earth Nation after acknowledging the “injustice done” at its boarding schools.

In late October, Sister Susan Rudolph of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict issued a statement, saying they are in “very early stages” of working with the people of White Earth Nation.

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Teaching staff of nuns at St. Benedict’s Mission, White Earth

Here’s the statement in full:

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“We acknowledge the injustice done through our community’s participation in the federal government Assimilation Policy to educate Native American youth at Saint Benedicts’ Mission boarding school on the White Earth Reservation (1878-1945), St. Mary’s Mission on the Red Lake Reservation (1888-1940s) and the Industrial Boarding School (1884-1896) on our monastery campus.

“Within the past two years the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict have been working in collaboration with the White Earth community, its Tribal Historic Preservation Office and the College of Saint Benedict to strengthen the bonds that continue to move toward reconciliation and peace with our Native American sisters and brothers.

A two-page letter was sent by the nuns to White Earth Nation earlier in the summer.

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WCCO has reached out to White Earth Nation but have not yet heard back, check back for more.