The Native American Ministry Council of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati has celebrated the weekend prior to Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a workshop and worship service involving Native Americans annually since 2010. This workshop offering, Care of Creation: Native Americans and the Environment, will be led by Forrest S. Cuch , Guy Jones, and the Rev. Leon Sampson.
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Indigenous Peoples’ Conference
October 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
About the Conference Presenters
Forrest S. Cuch (Ute), was born and raised on the Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian Reservation in northeastern Utah. He graduated from Westminster College in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in behavioral sciences. He served as education director for the Ute Indian Tribe, director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, and CEO of Ute Tribal Enterprises. He currently is engaged in working with spiritual leaders throughout the western hemisphere to usher in the new shift in feminine consciousness known as New Earth to call attention to climate change and harm to Mother Earth.
Guy Jones (Hunkpapa Lakota) is a full blood member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He co-founded The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans located in Dayton, Ohio. He served as executive director for 11 years and remains a member and president of the board of trustees. He is a spokesperson for issues of spirituality, sacred lands and burial sites, repatriation of American Indian remains, and social justice. He participated in the No Dakota Access Pipeline protests in the Dakotas.
The Rev. Leon Sampson (Navajo) is a recently ordained priest in the Episcopal Church in Navajoland after receiving a Master of Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was raised in the Navajo (Dine’) culture and has a great love and appreciation for the environment and sacred places of the many cultures of the southwest. Stewardship and preservation are among his many passions along agriculture, youth enrichment, community development, and cooking. He is a certified executive chef.
About Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Along with many across the nation, Christ Church Cathedral, the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio and the City of Cincinnati celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day each year, by encouraging all people to recognize and celebrate the day on the weekend before with services, offerings, music, and education offered for all ages, often on the weekend preceding the holiday.