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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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It is CHIEF’s desire to encourage, equip and empower our Native Christian leaders of today and the generations to come. 

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The Ministry Alliance is a collaboration that aims for a synergy where each partner hopes that the benefits from the alliance will be greater than those from individual efforts.


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 “We invite you to take a moment and visit some of our CHIEF Ministry partners. Here you will find valuable resources from a wide variety of organizations who are working alongside CHIEF to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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Will Graham – A Conversation with CHIEF [Podcast]

Will Graham – A Conversation with CHIEF [Podcast]

Native Christian Leaders Gather in South Dakota Altogether, more than 125 Christian leaders representing 14 states, two provinces and 24 tribes gathered for the Native Peoples Christian Leaders Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota. They came to be...

Native Peoples Christian Leaders Conference

Native Peoples Christian Leaders Conference

Originally published on The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is partnering with CHIEF (Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship) to hold their first-ever Native Peoples Christian Leaders Conference May 3–4 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Will...

CHIEF’s Women’s Conference Spring 2022

CHIEF’s Women’s Conference Spring 2022

Written by Heidi Frahler On the beautiful weekend of April 1 and 2, 2022, Lois Claus, wife of the President of CHIEF Ministries, Huron Claus, hosted over 55 women for the Annual Spring Women’s Conference. Held on the CHIEF grounds, special guest speaker, author, and...


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