North Dakota

[state seal of North Dakota] The 39th state to be admitted to the United States, 2 November 1889. The first missionary within the limits of North Dakota was the Reverend Joseph Severe Dumoulin, sent by Bishop Plessis of Quebec to minister to a colony of Canadians who had been driven south from. Fort Douglas (now Saint Boniface), near Winnipeg, in 1818, by the destruction of their crops, and who settled at Pembina. Soon after Father Dumoulin had been recalled in 1823, an American priest, Reverend George Anthony Belcourt, took his place as resident pastor at Pembina and did missionary work among the Indians and in early white settlements. He even accompanied his people on their summer hunting excursions to the southwestern mountains, taking the opportunity to instruct the children. The tireless missionary, Father Pierre de Smet, visited the Mandans and the Gros Ventres, Indian tribes of North Dakota, in 1864. He passed through their country again in 1868 on the way to his famous peace-making conference with Sitting Bull. In 1865 a mission was established near Fort Totten by Father Jean Baptiste Genin.

Catholic influence on the place-names of the state is shown in the following: Ecclesiastically the state is governed by the dioceses of See also,
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