My involvement with the Indigenous Theological Training Institute (ITTI) began in April 2004 when I was interested in furthering my ministry work. I met with the ITTI Executive Director at that time and he provided me with the resources and the advocacy to begin the discernment process in the Episcopal Church. ITTI was very instrumental in helping me pursue seminary and eventually becoming an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. I can honestly say that if ITTI wasn’t a part of
my life I probably wouldn’t have been able to complete my ministry goals. In fact, because of ITTI, I was able to attend the January 2004 WinterTalk in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma which is when I was at a turning point in my life and made the decision to further my work in Native American ministries. I received financial assistance from scholarships through ITTI from Fall 2005 to Spring 2009 (4 school years). is financial assistance helped ease some of the stress of seminary and I was able to focus on my theological studies. Not only did ITTI provide financial support they were there for me for spiritual support during the entire time I was in seminary and through my ordination into the priesthood . I have all positive things to say about ITTI and would not be where I am today without their support in pursuing my vision and goals in doing Native American ministry!
The Rev Barb Fairbanks
An enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe lives in Wagner, SD. I have attended the Diocese of South Dakota’s Niobrara School for Ministry classes held during ministry weekends and Summer Seminary at underhead Episcopal Center since 2006. I have applied for the ITTI scholarship since I began my course work and became a Postulant for Holy Orders in 2009. I appreciate the financial assistance I received to complete my courses and attend the Winter Terms at Cook Native American Ministries. is source of financial support has allowed me to achieve my goal as I was raised up from my community for ordination. I was ordained a Transitional Deacon on December 4, 2010 at Calvary Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD. Most recently I was ordained an Episcopal Priest on June 19, 2011 at the 139th Niobrara Convocation hosted by St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Rapid City, SD at underhead Episcopal Center.I am the Priest in charge of the Santee and Yankton Mission churches in Nebraska and South Dakota. I will be completing continuing education classes provided by the Niobrara School for Ministry on a regular basis.
The Rev Patricia White Horse-Carda
The Indigenous Theological Training Institute has really been consequential to my Spiritual life. I am deeply grateful for the Theological support I get, in addition to the financial scholarships and aid that allow me the opportunity to attend Seminary at Vancouver’s School of Theology. Because ITTI shares its passion for Native Ministries in it’s partnership with VST through the Native Ministries Consortium Program, I am able to get a culturally appropriate theological education . I am so very honored to have such great people around me, believing in me, trusting in me, supporting me, to continue the work God has blessed me with in Native Ministries!! I am truly and deeply grateful for the network and wisdom of native clergy, elders and mentors, that ITTI has provided me access too!
Angela Haugen: Graduate Student (VST)