What does this have to do with S Laura? Well, there's a story included that I'd heard before but didn't remember where or when, about the Anton & Catherine Otremba family arriving in Rich Prairie (Pierz) in the fall. They lived in a dugout that first winter, but built a log cabin the following spring and summer. "They lived peacefully amongst the Chippewa Indians whose village was 200 feet from their first home. When Mrs Otremba gave birth to her last child, Margaret, the Indian women brought gifts of dresses and moccasins for her." (WPA bio)
What Larry pointed out was that Anton & Catherine Otremba evidently had a cordial relationship with their Chippewa neighbors, and most likely the Indian and Otremba kids followed suit, like any neighbors do.
When Mary, their eldest, married Paul Hesch, that feeling and those stories would have been passed along to the Hesch kids, especially the first few, namely Rose, John, Frank and Theresa (Sr Laura).
I've doubted St Laura's motivation and understanding of the Ojibwe (Chippewa) for years in my head, and here on HH, too. But Theresa Hesch might have inherited her religious zeal from her grandfather and started with a basic friendliness and understanding of the Ojibwe because of her mom. And, since Theresa was already 20 when her grandmother Catherine died, she probably heard cool stories directly, too.