Cathedral Grants for Native American Initiatives in 2012
Note: Listed below is a complete list of the grants that Christ Church Cathedral awarded to Native American ministries last year.
Bishop's Native Collaborative: $16,073. In April 2012, the NAC hosted a meeting of the Bishops and other representatives from their Diocese. At this meeting the Collaborative developed an outline for the work ahead. The four bishops invited Bishop Carol Gallagher to design a culturally appropriate, theologically strong curriculum as a three-year ministry training program to address the overwhelming need for Native clergy, Native lay leaders and culturally appropriate resources. Our Council also supported a second meeting in October 2012, in Alaska, to continue their work and how best to provide for the needs of leadership training, both lay and ordained, in each of the dioceses and for the larger church.
The training developed by the Collaborative will be available to other dioceses and can be adapted to their local needs as an ever widening diverse population grows.
Restoration of St. Enmegahbowh's Bible: $12,095. St. Enmegahbowh (en-meh-GAH'-bow - "he that prays [for his people while] standing)" of White Earth was the first ordained Native American Episcopal priest. The NAC agreed to cover the cost of the restoration of his bible when representatives visited the reservation in the summer of 2011 and the The Cathedral Clergy and Council invited the White Earth parishes and the Ojibwe Hymn Singers to a special dedication on October 28, 2012 to return the bible to White Earth. Twenty-five Ojibwe from three Ojibwe Nations attended the dedication. Enmagahbowh trained many Deacons for the three reservations. Bishop Breidenthal and Bishop Prior of Minnesota presided over the service.
Native American Youth and Young Adult Training Project: $10,000. This grant allowed the NAC to assist the Native American Indigenous Ministries Mission of the Episcopal Church in their Native American youth ministry, leadership development, youth ministry resources and participation in related training events. The Native American Council has supported efforts in the Assisted Diocese working with Native Americans to undertake youth programs to deal with the many challenges facing youth and young adults on the reservations which can be overwhelming, and is familiar litany of the symptoms of poverty: gang violence, drug abuse, suicides, lack of opportunity, hopelessness. The models we have supported and the resources developed over the past two years will be a shared at WinterTalk in February 2013 as a major part of the program.
Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery Project: $10,000. This grant is intended to help in the implementation of DO35, a resolution adopted at the Episcopal Church's 2009 General Convention that calls for the repudiation and renouncement of the Doctrine of Discovery. The Doctrine of Discovery essentially gave white Christian Europeans the right to claim the lands and resources of non-Christian peoples through use of force, as necessary. The resources provided by the grant, available through the offices of Native American and Indigenous Ministries, are designed to help congregations engage in meaningful ways to remember, recognize and reconcile America's and the Church's painful history.
New Community Clergy and Lay Training Conference: $7,000. This grant allowed for indigenous women to participate in the New Community Clergy and Lay Training Conference held in San Diego. The Ethnic Missioners of the Episcopal Church sponsored the Conference to provide opportunities for clergy and lay people to explore mission in ethnic ministries, centered on the theme "Reclaiming our Mission." There were 277 attendees with 45 Indigenous attendees, most of whom received full scholarships offered in partnership with Christ Church Cathedral Cincinnati.
White Earth Reservation Parishes: $4,000. These grants are directed to the four Episcopal churches on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota - St. Columba, $1,000; Breck Memorial Mission, $1,000; Samuel Memorial Mission, $1,700; and St. Philip's Mission, $1,000. The grants contribute toward the NAC goal to establish a collaborative relationship with the White Earth Total Ministry Team.
Ojibwe Hymn Singers: $3,500. This grant was allotted to assist the Ojibwe Hymn Singers in its mission among the reservations of Northern Minnesota and contribute to the purchase of emblematic jackets. Christ Church Cathedral continues to be impressed by their dedication and commitment to their mission.
Lilly Ann Begaye, Navajoland: $3,415. The Lansley Fund has long supported the work of Lilly Anne Begaye, a social worker for the Navajo Nation. In the past she has received support for a new truck, repairs and materials and supplies to assist the elderly, poor and handicapped in the vast and desolate back country of the Reservation. In 2012 the Council provided support for truck repairs, food baskets and citrus for Thanksgiving and Christmas for the families she serves.
Lillian Valley School: $2,000. The Lillian Valley School is an accredited Episcopal elementary day school for Native American children who live on the Fort Hall Reservation in Blackfoot, Idaho. Bishop Briedenthal brought the need to the attention of the Native American Council and this grant contributed to the capital improvement of the school.
St James Episcopal Church: $2,030. This grant was given to provide support for the rebuilding of St James Episcopal Church on the Standing Rock Reservation, which burned down July 25, 2012. The St James congregation was left with only their memories and a century-old chalice, which was given to the church in 1902. St James was established in 1890 on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation after two of the community's residents went to school in Virginia where they were introduced to the Episcopal faith. When they returned to North Dakota, they created the first Episcopal Church, St. James, on an Indian reservation in the state. The Native American Council members met Rev. Floberg, Priest in Charge of St James at the Bishop's Native Collaborative meeting held at Christ Church Cathedral last April.