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.READ MORE: St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter Set To Tackle Ambitious Social Agenda In Second Term
Here’s the statement in full:READ MORE: Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary: St. Paul Vet Witnessed Attack Firsthand
“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.MORE NEWS: St. Paul First Responders Honored For Bravery Confronting Mass Shooting
WCCO has reached out to White Earth Nation but have not yet heard back, check back for more.