The Rt. Rev. Creighton L. Robertson, ninth Bishop of South Dakota, died of heart failure on October 24. He was 70. Born in Kansas City, he was a graduate of Black Hill State University, the University of South Dakota, and the University of the South’s School of Theology.

He was ordained deacon in 1989 and priest in 1990, and served as priest-in-charge at Santee Episcopal Mission in Nebraska, 1990-94.

Bishop Robertson was a Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux, and the first Native American to be elected Bishop of South Dakota. While serving as bishop from 1994 to 2009, he emphasized forms of training and deployment that became known as Mutual Ministry.

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