South Dakota Conference -United Church of Christ

Dakota Association


Byron Buffalo

Shared by his family...
On behalf of the Buffalo Tiwahe, services for our loving dad/husband Byron Buffalo are as follows:
Wake services are Monday, July 23, at 7pm at the Old Agency Building in Eagle Butte, SD - east of the Cultural Center on highway 212.  We will meet at 4 mile at 4pm to bring him in.
Funeral services are Tuesday, July 24, at 11am at the Old Agency Building.  Burial will follow at the Bridger UCC Cemetery in Bridger, SD.

**ANY amd ALL horseback riders are welcome to come to lead him home.

(Byron Buffalo passed away on July 17.  Pastor Byron served Upper Cheyenne in Bridger, South Dakota since 1998 and started the Horse Ministry in 2010 that helps young people experience connection to that which is bigger spiritually and culturally.  Many of us learned more about his dedication to this ministry at workshops held at the 2018 Conference Annual Meetings.  He also served Frazier Memorial UCC since 2002 in South Dakota. 

Our prayers are with his wife Toni and family, friends, and the many lives he has touched through the Horse Ministries. Cards may be mailed to P O Box 863, Eagle Butte, SD 57625.)



Byron, arriving at his place of rest amid horses and riders from his group the Sunwakan Agli Riders and friends and relatives and tribal members~Tuesday July 24th 2018


UCC Article about Pastor Byron Buffalo






BIG NEWS! We are pleased to announce that Simply Smiles has leased more than 8 acres of land from the Dakota Association of the United Church of Christ, for a term of 99 years! This expansion will increase our efforts, continue to cultivate our partnerships, and allow us to further create the smiles that lead to the brightest possible futures for the children of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation. Read more about this milestone:



Rev. Gordon Rankin's story about Simply Smiles here

Simply Smiles President and Founder Bryan Nurnberger and Dakota Association Toni Buffalo


Dakota Association Update 2017- Who is serving each church

Frazier Memorial Byron Buffalo
Upper Cheyenne Byron Buffalo
Red Scaffold Vacant
Bear Creek Vacant
Cherry Creek Vacant
Green Grass Louie Blue Coat
Virgin Creek Louie Blue Coat
Messiah Doug Wilkerson
Pine Little Eagle Mike Kills Pretty Enemy
Cannon Ball Memorial Mike Kills Pretty Enemy
Elk Horn Mike Kills Pretty Enemy
Ponca Creek Ken James
Bazile Creek Cong. Bea and James Canning


Dakota Association

Program Coordinator:
Toni Buffalo
Box 863
Eagle Butte SD 57625


Assistant to the DA:
 Rev. Dr. David Felton


Dakota Association

Virgin Creek

Red Scaffold

Pine Little Eagle

Ponca Creek

Green Grass


Elk Horn Hill

Frazier Memorial


Cherry Creek

Upper Cheyenne

Brazile Creek