Walter David Owl was a Cherokee Indian born in North Carolina. He graduated from the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in 1915 and from Springfield College in 1918. After graduation, Owl worked for the YMCA and taught at the Haskell Institute (Lawrence, Kansas). In 1927, he received his Bachelor of Divinity from Colgate-Rochester Seminary. Owl spent the majority of his subsequent career ministering to the Iroquois Indians of the Cattaraugus Reservation in New York. In 1932, the American Indian Council Fire gave him the Golden Arrow Award for notably improving American Indian Life. He spent the summer of 1956 as President of the National Fellowship of Indian Workers, representing Protestant ministers and lay leaders serving American Indians throughout the nation.
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