Philip Frazier

June 2, 1892, Santee Reservation, Nebraska.

September 28, 1964, Yankton, South Dakota.


A full blooded Sioux, Frazier was born in a tepee. He came from a line of missionaries: His grandfather was Artemas Ehnamani, a Santee Dakota who was converted to Christianity by missionaries while in prison after the U.S.-Dakota conflict of 1862; Ehnamani became pastor of the largest Dakota church, Pilgrim Presbyterian.

Philip attended the Santee Indian School, Yankton College Academy, the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, and Dartmouth College (leaving the latter to join the army). He received degrees from Oberlin College (1922), Chicago Theological Seminary (BDiv 1925), and Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (DD 1964). Ordained in 1926, he ministered among the Sioux, and at the end of his life, was supervisor of the Sioux Indian Mission of Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota.

  1. Many and Great, O God

Frazier’s burial place