Cornelius Hill
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Photograph of Cornelius Hill.

Cornelius Hill [commemorated on January 25 in Indigenous Calendar on Episcopal website. 1843-1907; ordained to diaconate June 27, 1895, to priesthood in 1903] Last of the old Oneida chiefs in Wisconsin, he successfully resisted government attempts to move the tribe further west. Having been an "interpreter" for Episcopal services, he was ordained by Bishop Grafton. His wisdom and sanctity are still revered by the Oneida and there are several shrines to him.

from Holy Women, Holy Men

Further information may be found Chapter 25 of the book The Oneida, by Julia Keen Bloomfield.


Everliving Lord of the universe, our loving God, you raised up your priest Cornelius Hill, last hereditary chief of the Oneida nation, to shepherd and defend his people against attempts to scatter them in the wilderness: Help us, like him, to be dedicated to truth and honor, that we may come to that blessed state you have prepared for us; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.