For five years, members of Trinity’s high school youth group, along with adult volunteers, traveled to the Leech Lake reservation to work on building projects such as re-roofing houses, cleaning and painting walls, and applying house siding. The project always includes a Vacation Bible School for the children of Cass Lake, Minnesota. This mission trip is a partnership with the Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth and St. David’s Episcopal Church Minnetonka, and is the only church mission project with which the White Earth Nation officially affiliates and partners. The work benefits White Earth members who do not live on the White Earth reservation and whose needs cannot be served by the tribe.
Every year of the partnership has included the raising of tens of thousands of dollars for building supplies and equipment and the Vacation Bible School. Trinity has intentionally paired its work with the White Earth Nation with anti-racism training, cultural education, work around racial reconciliation, and theological reflection. We believe God calls us not only to action, but also to growth, learning, and self-knowledge in relation to Indigenous peoples. The White Earth Mission Project has been a ministry of the entire Trinity congregation, with the senior high youth leading the way. The White Earth Mission Project is currently on temporary sabbatical due to changes in project leadership and direction.