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About Wiconi Family

Camp & Powwow


In 1997, Richard and Katherine Twiss established Wiconi International in response to centuries of misguided individuals telling Indigenous peoples they must renounce their culture to follow Jesus.

Through events like the Wiconi Family Camp and Living Waters Powwow, Wiconi (life in Lakota) has offered a culturally authentic path to follow the way of Jesus. Every year, Native campers have discovered that they can be fully Native and follow Jesus.


After Richard’s sudden passing in 2013, the Wiconi Board worked hard to keep his vision alive.  This led to a partnership with Indigenous Pathways, a Canadian ministry dedicated to providing practical and spiritual support to Indigenous peoples in North America. 

With deep gratitude, Wiconi joined the Indigenous Pathways family in 2015.

Now in 2020, with the blessing of Indigenous Pathways, the Wiconi Family Camp and Living Waters Powwow operates independently. 


With administrative support from The Navigators and funding from friends of Wiconi, we are grateful that campers can continue to dance their prayers and worship in the Jesus Way.

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