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Damian Costello earned his Ph.D. at the University of Dayton and is the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism, published by Orbis.

Black Elk as a Catholic teacher and as a Lakota leader. (Left photo: Marquette University Archives, Bureau of Catholic Indian Mission Records, ID 00559; right photo: Marquette University Archives, Bureau of Catholic Indian Mission Records, ID 01287/Ben Hunt)
Faith Features
Damian CostelloOctober 01, 2017
Sainthood for Black Elk could help the inclusion of indigenous Americans within the Catholic Church, but it also raises questions about the church's role in erasing Lakota culture.