Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota Moves Offices to Be Closer to Native American Church Members

(PHOTO: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST) A pair of young Native American dancers stand together during the opening "grand entry" to start the Oglala Nation Pow Wow and Rodeo in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, August 4, 2006. The annual festival is a bright spot for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which struggles with high unemployment and problems with substance abuse and gangs and is one of the poorest communities in the United States.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
A pair of young Native American dancers stand together during the opening “grand entry” to start the Oglala Nation Pow Wow and Rodeo in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, August 4, 2006. The annual festival is a bright spot for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which struggles with high unemployment and problems with substance abuse and gangs and is one of the poorest communities in the United States.

The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota will soon be moving its offices in Sioux Falls to the city of Pierre to be closer to its Native American members, who comprise about half of its numbers.

“The Diocese of South Dakota is moving our offices from Sioux Falls, which is in the southeast part of the State, to Pierre, which is in the center of the state in order to put the ‘diocesan center in the center of the diocese,'” said Diocesan Bishop the Right Rev. John Tarrant to The Christian Post.

“It will place our offices closer to many of the Native American Episcopal churches in South Dakota. The diocese, geographically, is the entire state.”

Tarrant also told CP about the ties that the state’s Native American community has with the Diocese of South Dakota.

“The diocese consists of 79 congregations of which 54 are Native American. Most of those 54 congregations are on one of nine Reservations around the state. The move will make all of our congregations just a half-day or less drive from our offices,” said Tarrant.

“Well over 50 percent of the Episcopalians in South Dakota are Native American. In partnership with The Episcopal Church denominational governing body we spend over $900,000 annually on mission support among the 54 Native American congregations.”

 

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski

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