Niobrara Convocation

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One of the most important events of the missionary work of the Episcopal Church in the United States is the annual meeting in South Dakota known as the Niobrara Convocation.

Upcoming Convocations

The Dakota Indians managed in their own fashion to fit the values of their old traditions and rituals into Christianity. The Niobrara Convocation served the same social function as the old Sun Dance, when friends and relatives came together in the summer from all directions. The convocation custom of the Indians from the different reservations camping together was not unlike the traditional spots held in the camp circle by the various tribes.

That They May Have Life, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, 10

The first Convocation was held on October 5-6, 1870, at Santee, Nebraska. Bishop Clarkson of Nebraska and Dakota issued a call to the clergy of the Dakota field for a meeting to be held for the purpose of organizing an Indian Missionary Convocation. Each chapel was to be represented by two lay delegates.

The Niobrara Convocation grew to be a loved and much looked forward to annual event in South Dakota. Non-Indian Episcopalians and persons from other denominations, as well as government officials and even President Calvin Coolidge visited. The gathering was frequently honored by visitations of numerous Presiding Bishops.

Only three times in its history did the Niobrara Convocation not convene: in 1876, because of Bishop Hare’s poor health; in 1901, because of the danger of small-pox contagion; and 1945, because of conditions during World War II when gas and tire rationing and enforced slower speed limits made travel difficult.

 — That They May Have Life, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, 78


(All within 50 miles)

Winner, South Dakota (47 miles east):

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1360 SD-44
Winner, SD 57580

Warrior Inn
845 SD-44
Winner, SD 57580

Super 8
90 SD-44
Winner, SD 57580

Buffalo Trail Motel
1030 W. 2nd St.
Winner, SD 57580

Knights Inn Winner
845 E. Highway 44
Winner, SD 57580

Dakota Inn
501 US-18
Winner, SD 57580

White River, SD (23 miles north):

Thoroughbred Lodge Hotel-Motel
124 N. US-83
White River, SD 57579

Murdo, SD (47 miles north):

American Inn Express
303 5th St.
Murdo, SD 57559

Super 8
605 E. 5th St.
Murdo, SD, 57559

Range Country Lodging
302 5th St.
Murdo, SD 57559

Best Western Grahams
301 W. 5th St.
Murdo, SD 57559

Rosebud Casino (23 miles south of Mission):

Rosebud Casino Quality Inn
Highway 83 South and State Line for Nebraska

Valentine, NE (32 miles south):

Super 8 Motel
223 E. Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201

Motel Raine
618 W. Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201

Comfort Inn
101 S. Main St.
Valentine, NE 69201

EconoLodge Inn & Suites
304 E. Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201

Niobrara Lodge
803 E. Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201