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BUILD: Native Christian Leadership for the Next Generation

The greatest need among our Native tribes and nations today is Native Christian Leadership!  We need examples that we can follow that impact our families, communities, churches, and tribal councils.  Men and women who will be mentors to the next generation.  That’s what’s known as Discipleship. Learn about a partnership with CHIEF and Center for Indian Ministries call BUILD: Biblical, United, Indigenous, Leadership, Development.

Huron Claus

Huron Claus

President/CEO at CHIEF, Inc.

Welcome to our CHIEF Website!  Take a few minutes and gain a greater picture of the ministry of CHIEF serving the indigenous people groups of the Americas.  Your heart will be touched, challenged, and encouraged as you see lives changed for the Glory of God!

My prayer is that you will join us in partnership whether it be in prayer, serving, sending or celebrating. God is raising up a new generation of Warriors of Christ!

Huron travels frequently to represent CHIEF and to minister to various Native peoples. He speaks at churches, conferences, special events. You can listen to his speaking on the speaking page here.

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Keven Ruthven – A Conversation with CHIEF [Podcast]

Keven Ruthven – A Conversation with CHIEF [Podcast]

CHIEF President Huron Claus interviews Kevin Ruthven, a teacher at Rehobeth Christian School (in New Mexico). Kevin relates how chasing sheep and young children on a Navajo Reservation was his first introduction to Native ministries. Years later as a...

Overview of CHIEF, Inc. A Conversation with CHIEF  [Podcast]

Overview of CHIEF, Inc. A Conversation with CHIEF [Podcast]

CHIEF President Huron Claus provides a brief overview on the “beginnings of CHIEF”; how his father (Tom Claus) started this ministry with the encouragement and guidance of Dr. Billy Graham. Following Huron’s “historical update, he “passes the microphone”...

Michelle Bachmann – A Conversation with CHIEF [Podcast]

Michelle Bachmann – A Conversation with CHIEF [Podcast]

Listen to our conversation with Michelle Bachmann. Michele Bachmann, an American politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (2007–15). She sought the Republican nomination for president in 2012. In 2006 Bachmann was elected to...


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