He met with teachers and students at the Red Cloud Indian High School,
experienced Lakota culture at the Heritage
Center, and met with community leaders. Considering the current tense
climate between Native Nations in North America and church leaders who have
been involved in government residential school programs where young “Indians”
were removed from their roots, from their families even, Father Sosa felt it
necessary to confront these difficult issues.
did so in a speech in which, after introducing himself simply as ‘Arturo,’ the
first child of a Venezuelan family, he told the story of how he had chosen to
become a Jesuit. He said: “I will tell you who I am. I am not the Pope. I am
not a politician. I am not a person with riches or power. I am a simple Jesuit
who wants to walk with Jesus, poor and humble, and with others like you who
seek the reign of Wakhan Tanka,
whether in Christian or in traditional Lakota ways.” Here are some excerpts
from that speech.