Milton Whiteman (d. 1958) was the first Northern Cheyenne to be ordained as a Mennonite elder. (He was ordained to that office in 1950 at the Petter Memorial Mennonite Church in Lame Deer, Montana.) He also served as a minister of the Birney Mennonite Church. Both congregations are on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeast Montana and are among those begun by the Board of Foreign Missions (General Conference Mennonite). Whiteman also worked for the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs as a policeman on the reservation. For a time he was chief of the Indian police. In Lame Deer, numerous members of the church were armed policemen. However, Whiteman was known for not carrying weapons because of his peacemaking convictions. He silenced those who criticized his not carrying weapons by telling them of the time when he needed to arrest a man charged with murder. Whiteman had had no gun but succeeded in bringing the man out from his hideout.
Barrett, Lois. The Vision and the Reality: The Story of Home Missions in the General Conference Mennonite Church. Newton, KS: Faith and Life, 1983: 69, 72.
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