St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680)
The daughter of an Algonquin mother and a Mohawk Chief, Kateri Tekakwitha was born in upper New York State. Kateri converted to Catholicism when she was 18 but suffered greatly from her tribe for doing so. She eventually left for Canada where she embraced a life of consecrated virginity and in service to those in need. Her feastday is July 14. For more on her story, please visit the Black and Indian Mission Office website.