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About Us

HISTORY

 

Two Rivers Native American Training Center was founded by Dr. Jay Swallow of the Southern Cheyenne and Sioux Nations and Dr. Negiel Bigpond of the Yuchi Nation. After traveling and ministering to the Native Nations for many years separately, both men of God reached the conclusion that many more qualified ministers were needed to serve reservations of North America. As they crossed paths, they began to share their concerns with one another. Soon they realized that God had brought then together to bring for the vision of Two Rivers.

 

Two Rivers is located approximately 15 miles south of Tulsa. The first classes were held in September 1998 in a large trailer, which also served as Morning Star Evangelistic Center, a church led by Dr. Bigpond. The students received classroom instruction, but they also participated in outreach trips to various reservations in the U.S. and Canada.

 

As Drs. Swallow and Bigpond shared their vision with other ministers, friends and their families, finances began coming in and professionals like Dickson Gunn donated valuable skills. A great Architect, Dickson voluntarily designed the first major building on the campus and the dormitory phases. The first building was completed and dedicated on June 3, 2000. It was originally two stories, 55’ x 80’ feet, and housed a sanctuary with a meeting/storage area at the back, the administrative offices of Two Rivers and MSEC, and a prayer room upstairs with bathroom facilities on both floors. We began an addition in 2009 and now have an 80’ x 100’ foot facility with two nice size classrooms, a beautiful conference room, additional offices and restrooms.

 

In January 2001, Dr. Bigpond asked his long-time friend and fellow-minister, George Autaubo, to be the administrator of the school. George faithfully fulfilled the duties of that position and was responsible for getting the school accredited by the spring semester of 2001 through American Christian College and Seminary.

 

In 2004 Drs. Swallow and Bigpond saw the need of Spiritual Warfare Training and developed The Strategic Warriors At Training Boot Camps. There was an enormous amount of prophetic information throughout this nation concerning a major move of the Spirit of God in visiting the Tribes of this hemisphere. It was discerned that the enemy had planted himself within the areas targeted for transformation. A state of emergency had risen as the result of this resistance by the enemy in Indian country. Many intercessors realized that they had fallen short of understanding how Territorial spirits operate in these areas. The fact that we have declared war against these principalities has mandated us to provide specialized strategic and tactical training to prepare for the anticipated Move of God. In May of 2004 we held our first SWAT Boot Camp with our recruits sleeping in tents. We have successfully graduated 197 highly skilled warriors, equipped to challenge and dismantle those entities that are hidden in the religious mixtures in Native America.

 

Also in 2004 we moved our first modular unit onto our property and remodeled it, transforming it into a co-ed dormitory to house our students. This worked so well in 2007 we acquired another modular unit transforming it into our men’s dorm with room for our instructors, allowing the women to have a dorm of their own. We have just received a donation from the Kaw Tribe of another modular unit we will be transforming into nice quarters for instructors. If you would like donate money, labor, equipment, or furnishings for these facilities please Partner with us today! Thank you for your interest in Two Rivers and may God bless you mightily! 


The Vision

Two Rivers Native American Training Center's vision is to be a recognized center for providing quality leadership training skills and a resource center concerning Native American issues by creating a model community which will fulfill our commission of raising up the Native Nations to fulfill the commission of advancing the Kingdom of God.  Equipping Native Americans and all peoples spiritually, educationally, and vocationally to be leaders in their communities. Bringing all Nations together in unity and reconciliation. 

Strategic Goals

  • Accredited School on Two Rivers property
  • Vocation training on Two Rivers property
  • Mentoring on reservations to Natives and non-natives
  • Ministerial training of Native Pastors and leaders from reservations and reserves
  • Training which is culturally inclusive
  • Instruction that is sensitive, culturally appropriate, adequate and effective
  • Provide a gathering place for Native leaders to come together
  • Promote open communication with people from other cultures
  • Resource center for support and encouragement

Two Rivers Native American Training Center encompasses a tremendous vision. The following are the components of the vision God has given us.

Objectives

  1. Dormitory
     Facilities: The Garlock House, funding provided by the late John Garlock and his wfie Ruthanne in 2004, was our first co-ed dormitory and is now our women's dorm. We aquired our second dormitory in 2007 which became our men's dormitory. We are currently in the process of remodeling a modular unit donated by the Kaw Tribe for our instructor's quarters.
  2. Multi-purpose building for community center: A place to draw in the community as well as our students and their children. Not only to exercise and play sports, but a place to learn and practice core values, develop character-building skills; receive counsel, ministry and fellowship.
  3. Classroom facilities: That will provide a place equipped with sate of the art technologies where classes offered via satellite will be taught as well as on campus training.
  4. Prayer Center and Garden: A building that will house the Native American Circle of Prayer for the sole purpose of prayer and intercession for the nations.
  5. Prayer Cottages: These will be single room cabins where intercessors can come for extended periods of time to pray. 
  6. Culture Center: The main feature will be authentic Native dwellings built by the tribes of North America from a historical perspective.
  7. Nature Walk: peaceful paths and trails encompassing the outer perimeter of the campus, where natural wildlife would be preserved, where students and visitors could prayerfully walk the land.
  8. Airstrip for travel to and from reservations, Helipad for Life-flight. 
  9. Medical Health-care clinic: for those who can not afford health care.
  10. Food pantry: for the hungry and needy in the community.
  11. Day Care center: A place not only for our students who have small children, but an outreach to the families in the community.
  12. Living Free Classes: for those needing help with substance abuse.




Founders
                         
APOSTLE JAY SWALLOW

Dr. Jay Swallow is Cheyenne-Sioux and a U.S. Navy veteran, who has preached, taught, fed, clothed, and prayed for native people from the Arctic Circle to Central America for over fifty years. He is an apostolic father to many Christians of all colors and backgrounds, and in recent years he has traveled to other continents to minister to indigenous and non-indigenous people, with the intent of healing their lands and nations through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. He has been an instrumental adviser to 253 Native American Tribes. As a direct descendant of two notable Cheyenne Nation Chiefs, Chief Black Kettle (Peace Chief) and Chief Little Bear (Military Chief), he is regarded as one of the leading influential men of the Cheyenne Nation.

To fund his ministry on the Indian Reservations, years ago Dr. Swallow learned to be a silversmith. He soon became one of our most skilled native jewelry makers and taught others this craft.

Today many reservations, isolated geographically from the mainstream of city life are still pressing toward establishing churches in their part of the world. Dr. Swallow saw the need to train leaders who could be a support to Pastors. These leaders could travel to remote areas and assist pastors in their efforts to effectively reach their communities with the Gospel. In 1997, Dr. Swallow and Dr. Bigpond realized that by combining their visions they could reach more people. In 1998 Two Rivers Native American Training Center was formed and officially opened its doors. Two Rivers was founded by and is administered by Native Americans training Native Americans to reach their tribes with the Gospel. Dr. Swallow teaches many subjects, among them Native Americans and Christianity: Cross-Cultural Issues.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Swallow played an active role in the development of a joint resolution of apology to Native peoples for ill-conceived policies by the U.S. government regarding Indian Tribes; frequently traveling to Washington D.C. to work with Senator Sam Brownback (Ret.) now Governor of Kansas. In light of his tireless work with the resolution, Charisma Magazine named Dr. Swallow one of the Ten Most Influential Christian Leaders of 2006. 

Dr. Swallow is frequently featured on Light of the Southwest on God’s Learning Channel in Midland, TX. He has recently co-authored his first book titled 
the Plains Indians and the Buffalo a God-created Relationship.
 

  APOSTLE NEGIEL BIGPOND
Born November 7, 1949, Dr. Negiel Bigpond is a full-blood member of the Euchee (Yuchi) Indian Tribe. Dr. Bigpond is a fourth generation minister of the gospel. He and wife, of 41 years, Jan have been blessed with three children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and six wonderful grandchildren. Having been in ministry for over 30 years as both an evangelist and a pastor,  Dr. Bigpond has been fortunate enough to share the gospel with the people of over 140 native reservations. He is currently serving as Apostle of Morning Star Church of All Nations. Dr. Bigpond is a certified drug and alcohol abuse counselor; as well as, an accomplished musician and singer.

Dr. Bigpond played an active role in the development of a joint resolution of apology to Native peoples for ill-conceived policies by the U.S. government regarding Indian Tribes; frequently traveling to Washington D.C. to work with Senator Sam Brownback (Ret.) of Kansas. In light of his tireless work with the resolution, Charisma Magazine named Dr. Bigpond one of the Ten Most Influential Christian Leaders of 2006. His works include his involvement with Native America Justice Gate East of the Mississippi; which deals with land reconciliation in the eastern states. He has graciously received various keys to cities and proclamations from governors and mayors for his works.

Dr. Bigpond provides an apostolic covering for many ministries as a member of C. Peter Wagner’s International Coalition of Apostles; and is also on the boards of the following ministries:

Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network- Dr. John Benefiel, Chairman
Native American Apostolic Council- Dr. Jay Swallow, Chairman
Native American Resource Network- Jean Steffenson, Chairwoman
National Prayer Committee– - Chuck Colson, Chairman
The Oak Initiative- James Goll, Chairman

Dr. Bigpond has traveled worldwide, evangelizing and representing Christian Native Americans.  Inspired by his involvement in Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network, he followed God’s direction and founded the Native American Circle of Prayer. NACOP establishes prayer teams who are skilled in spiritual warfare and intercession for the Native people and issues that concern them. Out of this, God gave him Spirit Wind, which is an annual prayer day originating on the focus of the Five Civilized Tribes. Since its founding, it has branched out to include several other Native American Tribes.

God has also blessed Dr. Bigpond with the vision of Two Rivers Native American Training Center, for which he is the president and co-founder.  The training center is a Christian military training base camp for the purpose of dealing with occult and territorial enemy strongholds on the reservations, and throughout the U.S. 

Dr. Bigpond is host of The Gathering Place on Tulsa, OK channel CW 12/19 and God’s Learning Channel, Midland, TX; and is frequently featured on Light of the Southwest on GLC, Midland, TX.  He teaches extensively about land issues and reconciliation.  Dr. Bigpond has also  published his first book and accompanying workbook titled, 
Women Warriors.

 

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