DeSmet, Idaho

A variety of reasons precipitated the move of the mission from its hilltop location near Cataldo. A Coeur d’Alene reservation was created by executive order of President Ulysses S. Grant in 1873 and the old mission was not within its boundaries. In addition, more agricultural land was needed for the Indians to establish their own farms. The Hangman Creek area around present DeSmet, Idaho had an abundance of good farmland and was within the reservation. In the spring of 1877, Father Diomedi and Chief Andrew Seltice established a school at Ni’lukhwalqw, or Upper Hangman Creek. The mission and its inhabitants gradually moved to this new location, which is still in use today.