HomeMarty Reunion 2015Class of 62Marty Reunion 2012Marty 2010 photos2010 Reunion AgendaPrayers2009 Reunion Photos1959 Marty GraduatesClass Photos 1941 to 19642003 & 2004 Reunion Photos2005 Reunion PhotosFamiliar FacesAgenda 2009 ReunionReunion ActivitiesRaffle WinnersNewsMarty MemoriesSportsArchives


This web site was started by the 2009 Marty Reunion Committee and continues with contributions from the Marty Family who attend the annual Marty reunions. We hope you enjoy your visit to the web site. You will see many photos and read many stories that have been contributed by Marty alumni. We welcome comments and encourage you to share your Marty memories.


Plans are being made to hold a Marty Reunion July 10-12, 2015 at Marty. The Committee is beginning to organize and details will be published on this web site. We hope everyone will hold those dates open. The reason the Committee is considering those dates is because Sister Miriam announced that the Sioux Falls Diocese is planning a special 125th-year celebration at Marty on Sunday, July 12th and she is hoping many former Marty students will be there to help them celebrate. The sisters have done a lot to help us over the years when we have held reunions at Marty and the Committee wants to return the favor.



Cletus Goodteacher is trying to verify the win/loss basketball record for Coach Moe Shevlin. If he is able to do so, he is certain that Coach Shevlin will be listed as number 13 in SD of coaches with the most winning records. He is asking for your help. If you have a Marty annual for 1963, 1964 or 1965, will you please check the sports information to see if it gives the win/loss record. If you find it, can you either e-mail the information to Cletus at cgoodt@venturecomm.net or mail the information to him at Box 54, Sisseton, SD 57262? Your help will be greatly appreciated.    

Thank You to the 2012 Committee

Through the generosity of the 2012 Marty Reunion Committee, we will enjoy two more years of access to our Marty web site. After the committee paid reunion costs, they had money left and agreed to pay the fees. They explained that this was made possible through the support of the people who attended the 2012 Marty Reunion. They paid registration fees, bought raffle tickets, provided silent auction items, and bid on items in the silent auction. We hope you continue to enjoy visiting the site that all of you have helped to keep online.

Early History Before There Were Buildings

     Mother Katherine Drexel visited the Yankton Sioux in the early 1900's. Artist Felix Walking (Elk) captured her visit as well as the arrival of Lewis and Clark in his artwork that can be viewed in the old Marty gym. The "News" page on this web site contains a variety of photos of artwork done by Felix that depicts the history of Marty.




St. Paul's Indian Mission Church

Marty, South Dakota

St. Paul's Mission Church built in 1942. Rectory built in 1939.

I. Brief History

     Catholic Christianity was introduced to the Yankton Sioux about 1839 by Fr. DeSmet, SJ. In later years, through the efforts of native catechists Ivan Star and Nicholas Black Elk, as well as Fr. Henry Westrop, SJ, and Fr. Ambrose Mattingly, OSB, the Faith grew. The first Church was a small frame structure purchased by the Catholic Indian Bureau for $1100.  It was moved twenty miles across the prairie and placed on this present site. The land had also been purchased by the Catholic Indian Bureau from eugene Brunot for $450. The Church was dedicated by Bishop O'Gorman on October 22, 1919.

     Fr. Sylvester Eisenman, OSB initiatied the building of this present Church dedicated to St. Paul, Apostle to the Nations. After many hours of labor the majority of which came from the Indian people themselves, the Church was completed and consecrated in 1942. It represents the summation of the life work of Fr. Sylvester who spent his entire priestly life among the Indian people.



      St. Paul, Apostle to the Nations, Church serves a diverse congregation - the majority being Native Americans who live within the boundaries of the Yankton Sioux Reservation. The oblate Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, established in 1935 as a Native Religious Community here at Marty, continue to serve the people. St. Paul's Church is also privileged to have the services of a Native Deacon. Beginning with the Benedictine priests and brothers, St. Paul's has also been pastored by the Sacred Heart priests from Hales Corners, WI, priests from the Diocese of Sioux Falls, and the Franciscan priests and brothers from Loretto, PA. since 1984, St. Paul's has been without a resident priest. In November, 1998, the peoples' prayers were answered when Fr. David Tickerhoof, TOR, took up residency here at Marty and became Pastor of the Reservation.


III. Self Tour of the Church

     The church is constructed entirely of stone and cement. The exterior is of Bedford limestone and the interior is of sandstone from the quarry in St. Meinrad, IN. The steeple rises 167 feet from the earth. As you walk up the front steps, not the stone sculpture of St. Paul, Apostle to the Nations, with the Native people. In the vestibule, observe the hard terrazzo floor with its unique geometric design. In the center of the circle is a triangle representing the Holy Trinity. In this entrance is also the Reconciliation room which, at one time, served as the baptisty.

     Emil Frei of St. Louis, MO, did the eighteen stained glass windows. The artists took snapshots of Marty adults and school children as models. The windows depict the life of Christ and the spread of Christianity, the Seven Sacraments, St. Paul, St. Benedict and a tribute to the ordained priesthood and the Holy Eucharist. Note the strong Indian motif in these windows. From an art class in the School, Fr. Sylvester used the patterns of geometric Sioux designs to inspire the ceiling artwork. Traditional Indian colors were used.

     Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman of Cincinnati, OH did the canvas painting in the very front of the Church. The theme of this mural is 'Heaven and Roads to Heaven' and it depicts the Trinity as well as familiar saints, angels and other Native American persons. (To identify the well-known Saints, refer to the poster hanging on the large panels in the sanctuary). Toward the bottom of the mural you can see a Benedictine monk and two religious sister, one of whom is a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament whose religious community first staffed the school and the other of the Native Community, an Oblate Sister of the Blessed Sacrament. Also, note the animals, birds and plant life of the prairie that are included as part of the whole Circle of Life.

     The Stations of the Cross were painted by Cecelia Grinnell, a student at St. Paul's Indian School, under the direction of Sr. Theophane, SBS. The twelve crosses and candles that you can see on the Church walls are a sign that this is a consecrated Church. Originally, five altars were in use, each dedicated to special saints. Following the decrees of Vatican II, a new altar was constructed utilizing the wood from the original pulpit. The original tabernacle rests on the high altar. The oratory on the south side is now used as the blessed Sacrament Chapel. Here the Faith Community meets daily for Eucharist and for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday. The oratory on the north side has been designated as the Mercy Chapel. In it is the counseling room which sometimes serves as a Reconciliation room and for prayer ministry. Special devotion of the parish to Blessed Kateri Takakwitha and St. Therese, the Little Flower, can be seen in the two shrines that honor them. (In the north and south transepts) The Parish prays to Mary especially under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

     The original organ remains in the choir loft and is used on special feasts. Below the choir loft are the Latin words which translated state, "O great work of love, death died when Life died upon the cross. Alleluia." These words are taken from the liturgy of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The basement of St. paul's is also very active. Here you will find a food pantry and clothing store managed and assisted by the parish members. These are open every weekday afternoon except Friday. In the basement is also a large gathering room for fellowship after the Sunday liturgy. This room is also used for wakes, memorials and other events. There are classrooms for catechetical instruction as well as an adult lounge for Staff meetings, AA meetings and adult education classes.  





Enter supporting content here