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St. Augustine indian Mission Releases 2007 Edition of Award-Winning Calendar

St. Augustine indian Mission Releases 2007 Edition of Award-Winning Calendar

The St. Augustine Indian Mission 2007 Calendar, featuring portraits by award-winning Creighton photographer Don Doll, S.J., is now on sale at St. Augustine and the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. The cost is $10. All proceeds from the calendar's sale go to the Mission.

The calendar showcases 16 full-color portraits of students and dozens of other images recently shot by Fr. Doll at the historic St. Augustine Indian Mission on the Winnebago Reservation in Northeast Nebraska. Fr. Doll's portraits inspired the recently opened exhibition "A Timely Encounter: Children of St. Augustine Indian Mission," which runs through March.

The calendar also offers information about St. Augustine's work today and its history as an institution founded in 1909 by St. Katharine Drexel. St. Augustine enrolls more than 100 children, kindergarten through eighth grade, of varied faiths and heritages. They study traditional language and culture along with a solid core of academic basics. More than 20 percent of St. Augustine students will attend college. "People who've come to expect a unique, first-rate piece of art in our annual calendar will not be disappointed. In fact, this may be our finest calendar yet," says Fr. Dave Korth, director of the St. Augustine Indian Mission.

"People who are still unfamiliar with the St. Augustine Indian Mission Calendar are in for a very pleasant surprise."

Fr. Korth credits Fr. Doll and designer Pat Osborne of Mutual of Omaha for the calendar's success since it was launched in 2005. Last year's calendar received 2006 Best of Show awards at the Heartland Print Gallery's annual competition in Omaha. It also won a Best of Category award from the Omaha Press Club's Excellence in Journalism awards.

Fr. Doll is a professor of photojournalism at Creighton, where he holds the Charles and Mary Heider Endowed Jesuit Chair. He has received the Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism in recognition of his work with Native people. He also has received the Nikon "World Understanding through Photography" award. He was named the 2006 Nebraska Artist of the Year by the Nebraska Arts Council.

Fr. Doll's work has been featured in National Geographic magazine; and a number of "Day in the Life" books, including America, California, Italy, Ireland, Passage to Vietnam, and Christmas in America. His photographs also have been published in "Crying for a Vision" (Morgan and Morgan Publishers) and "Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation" (Crown Publishers). He appears in the "Vision Quest" DVD produced by Nebraska Public TV. He has photographed the work of Jesuits assisting Tsunami victims in India and Sri Lanka, and the educational work of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Uganda and Southern Sudan.

St. Augustine Indian Mission is located off Highway 77 in Winnebago. For more information about the Mission, call Fr. Dave Korth, director of St. Augustine Indian Mission, 402-878-2402 www.staugustinemission.com.

The Interpretive Center is on Sioux City's Missouri Riverfront, exit 149 off I-29, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission, exhibits and programs are free and open to all people. For more information contact the director, Marcia Poole, 712-224-5242 mpoole@siouxcitylcic.com.

Posted: 10/4/06