Philip Frazier

June 2, 1892, Santee Reservation, Nebraska.

Sep­tem­ber 28, 1964, Yankton, South Dakota.

Congregational Ce­me­te­ry, Santee, Nebraska.


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