William writes in the Indian Sentinel about the destruction of the St Labre Mission church

William writes in the Indian Sentinel about the destruction of the St Labre Mission church

William’s article details the destruction by fire of the church of the St Labre Mission in Ashland, Montana. He also discusses the gradual acceptance of “civilization” by the Northern Cheyenne Indians.

The following extract makes plain the challenging environment in which William must have worked:

“Old iron Tooth”, a Cheyenne woman reputed to be a centenarian, who helped to scalp and strip the poor wounded soldiers on Custer’s battlefield, is now most friendly to the “Ma-he-yeno-Veho” (holy white man) as they call me.

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  • Certificate commemorating William's Ordination and First Mass in Montana.
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  • William's USA Citizenship Application.
  • William (centre) - probably at the mission in Montana
  • William writes in the Indian Sentinel about the destruction of the St Labre Mission church
  • William Arendzen, parish priest at Porthcawl, Wales.
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