William C. Wantland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

William Charles Wantland (born April 14, 1934) is an American Anglican Bishop. He is a former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire.[1]


Wantland was born in Edmond, Oklahoma.[2] He is of Seminole, Chickasaw and Choctaw descent.

Prior to becoming a member of the clergy, Wantland was a practicing attorney. He served as municipal judge of Seminole, Oklahoma and on the Seminole City Council. He also served as vice-mayor of Seminole. Upon the advice of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, Wantland became a worker-priest at his local church. He later became a full-time priest.

Wantland became Bishop of the Diocese of Eau Claire in 1980. During that time, he was honored by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. He was embraced as one their own and was given the name 'Manido Nigani', meaning "He who stands forth in the Spirit", referencing his position as an Episcopal bishop.

After retiring from the Diocese of Eau Claire in 1999, Wantland helped to form the Anglican Church in North America. He was a founding member of the ACNA House of Bishops and helped write the ACNA Constitution and Canons. Wantland also serves as Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.[3] He became the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Seminole Nation in 2011.

Additionally, Wantland has been a member of the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Seminole State College and Nashotah House. He is also a published author of a number of books.