Cook Native American Ministries Foundation

Empowering Leaders in Native American Communities

Charles H. Cook was a Presbyterian minister with a passion for ministry to Native Americans. Reverend Cook was the “missionary to the Pima Indians” beginning in 1870 and was the first pastor to work side-by-side with Akimel O’odham “River People” (Pima tribe) as both missionary and teacher.

In the spring of 1890 Reverend Cook founded a school with just five students, which was the realization of his vision. From these humble beginnings, Reverend Cook’s vision has grown and transformed to meet today’s challenges in educating, empowering and equipping Native Americans for leadership in their churches and communities with the founding of the Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF) in 2015.

CNAMF was formed to provide educational opportunities to current and future leaders so that they can guide their tribal communities, churches and influence the world at large. The services have been keenly identified in meeting the Native American communities’ needs in leadership.

In addition, CNAMF offered programs, workshops and mentoring opportunities that developed Native American Leaders who were determined to make a difference to others.

Today, CNAMF continues to expand the vision and passion of its founder by creating a foundation to assist American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal communities by providing seed grants to encourage Native American Leadership for church and society.

Your contribution will fund grants to develop new programs to strengthen and guide current and future leaders in tribal communities and churches.




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1414 W. Broadway Rd. Suite 122
Tempe, Arizona 85282-1118
Tel. 480.968.9354
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