Converting the Missionaries: The Transformation of Benedictine Priests at Crow Creek

Galler’s article, “Converting the Missionaries: The Transformation of Benedictine Priests at Crow Creek,” focuses on the series of priests who served at Stephan mission in the 19th and 20th centuries. Starting with the arrival of Father Pierre Jean De Smet in the 1860s, each subsequent missionary to the Dakotas both carried Catholic and American traditions to local American Indians and adapted their own practices based on their interactions with native people and traditions. Galler is a professor and chair of the Department of History at Saint Cloud State University in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.