All correspondence should be mailed to:
NATIVE AMERICAN INITIATIVE
PO Box 62
Mission, South Dakota 57555
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Monday, December 5, 2016
A famous minister once told me "if I could figure out what you do I would interview you on TV". I guess he got a sense of it because he did eventually interview me. I wanted to take this time at the end of the year to kind of recap what my work among the tribes has consisted of.I have roughly-based this ministry of the last 11 years around three priorities.
Engage (in the sense of participating with)
I have been blessed to have been invited to participate in a number of native ceremonies and I have traveled and played music in Native American groups.
I provide music movement programs twice a month for Dakotabilities, where I serve around 100 service recipients with intellectual disabilities, 20 of which are Native.
I codirected three rodeo camps on the Rosebud reservation during the years of 2013 through 2015. I raised the funds for these camps which basically was about $5000 a year. The camps usually average over 50 native youth.
In partnership with Cherohala press, we published a book series the native American contextual movement series which continues to publish dissertations written by Native American scholars.
In partnership with the Church of God Cleveland Tennessee we established a Kiowa pastor in Muskogee Oklahoma and acquired a building for him to plant a church.
I was invited to participate in the Rosebud experience originally founded by Richard Twiss and I have co-taught in that immersion class for seminary students three years in a row 2014 through 2016.
I was honored to teach for a year for Bacone college the oldest American Indian Christian college in America. During that time I was blessed to be able to assist in building the second American Indian ministry bachelor degree in the US. Those courses that I developed will continue to be taught by native instructors. There is at this time a cohort of native students.
I want to thank the great churches and individuals who have supported me financially to allow me to do this work and I will continue to go forward in these areas of involvement. thanks for reading
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
I wanted to let my supporters know what I've been up to since July. I co- taught the Rosebud immersion class in July with Doug Anderson as I do every year. At that point my 10 months had concluded in the Oklahoma project where I helped build a bachelor of arts in Indian ministries at Bacone college in Muskogee Oklahoma. I then relocated back to South Dakota where I am involved in more music out reaches. I am teaching online for Bacone college and living in Garretson South Dakota. I occasionally play with the Whitehorse ministry band and we travel as far north as white Shield North Dakota. My new address is PO Box 277 Garretson, SD 57030. God bless you all for your help and keeping up with me.