Richard Twiss

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Richard Twiss - Taoyate Obnajin "He Stands with His People"
BornJune 11, 1954
DiedFebruary 9, 2013 (aged 58) [1]
OccupationEducator, Author
Spouse(s)Katherine Twiss
Parent(s)Winona LaPointe and Franklin Twiss

Richard Twiss (June 11, 1954 – February 9, 2013) was a Native American educator and author. He was a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. He was the Co-Founder and President of Wiconi International (Lakota: Wee-choe'-nee, lit. 'life').[1]

His vision was, "Serve as a bridge builder and consultant, nationally and internationally, to develop understanding, respect and mutual appreciation for one another, especially among Native American/First Nations people."[citation needed]


Richard's father, Franklin "Buster" Twiss (May 7, 1927– August 17, 1999) was an enrolled member of the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota tribe in South Dakota and was a SFC Army veteran. His mother, Winona LaPointe is from the Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Norris, South Dakota, and she attended the St. Francis Indian Mission School as a young girl through high school graduation.

In 1972, Richard Twiss was a participant in the forced occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building in Washington, D.C., with the radical political group, the American Indian Movement. Twiss later became a Christian minister, author, and public speaker. He married his wife Katherine in 1976 and had four grown sons, residing in Vancouver, Washington since 1981.

Twiss was a Board Member of the Christian Community Development Association,[2] founded by John M. Perkins in 1989.[3]

In 2011, he earned a doctorate in Inter-Cultural Studies (cultural anthropology, primal and folk religions and the history of Christian mission) from Asbury Theological Seminary.[4][5]

On February 6, 2013, Twiss suffered a major heart attack in Washington, D.C. He died on February 9, with his wife and sons at his side. His interment was next to his father at Black Hills National Cemetery.


  • Twiss, Richard (July 9, 2015). Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books. ASIN B01316U4IW.
  • Twiss, Richard (August 25, 2011). One Church Many Tribes - Serving Jesus the Way God Made You. Ada, MI: Chosen Books. ASIN B00LA9GUEK.
  • Dancing Our Prayers
  • Culture, Christ, & Kingdom Study Guide


  1. ^ a b Jeremy Weber. "Christianity Today Gleanings: Richard Twiss Dies: Reconciler of Native Americans and Evangelicals". Archived from the original on March 24, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Board - Christian Community Development Association". Christian Community Development Association. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2013-02-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Our Roots - Christian Community Development Association". Christian Community Development Association. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Richard Extended Bio". Wiconi International. Archived from the original on 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2013-11-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Twiss, Richard L. (September 2011). Native-led Contextualization Efforts In North America 1989-2009 (PhD Dissertation thesis). Asbury Theological Seminary.

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