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Ethete woman to be ordained

May 5, 2017 - From staff reports

This month, Roxanne Jimerson-Friday will become the first American Indian woman from Wyoming to be ordained into the priesthood of the Episcopal Church.

The ceremony will take place 6 p.m. May 26 at Our Father's House Episcopal Church in Ethete with the Rt. Rev. John S. Smylie, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming, presiding. Jimerson-Friday will also be the first woman Eastern Shoshone tribal member to be ordained into the Episcopal priesthood.

Jimerson-Friday is part of the Seneca Nation of New York on her father's side and part of the Shoshone Tribe on her mother's side. She was born in Lander, grew up in New York until she was ten, and then moved back to Wyoming. She currently lives in Ethete with her husband, Aaron Friday.

She said her interest in becoming ordained started when she realized she has always been the person that people turn to when they are in need.

She said she made a promise to serve God after witnessing a miracle.

"I made that promise with my whole heart and then everything seemed to fall into place like a path was made just for me," she said.

Jimerson-Friday said she is very proud to break new ground for her community.

"It's a matter of uplifting all the Native American women, that you can do whatever you want to do," she said.

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