In February of 1997, Richard & Katherine Twiss co-founded Wiconi International (now known simply as "Wiconi"). At the time they had moved to Plummer, Idaho, on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation where Richard was working on staff of a Christian organization who started a Native newspaper. After funding unexpectedly ended and so did the position, they were left without a job, savings or a contingency plan wondering, with great alarm, what they and their four young sons were going to do. It was during this time of personal crisis that, as an act of faith and obedience, they launched Wiconi International.
With their sons future and well-being in mind, they moved, later that year, back to Vancouver, Washington so their four sons could complete their high school education and reconnect with their families and friends. With the exception of that year in Idaho, they have lived in Vancouver since 1981.
The international headquarters of Wiconi has outgrown its humble 10X10 spare room with only Richard & Katherine doing everything in 1997, into a multiple staff organization. Creator has blessed their simple faith and obedience as Wiconi has grown into a dynamic national organization that is making a significant impact among First Nations people here and abroad.
As the influence of Wiconi has rapidly expanded, so has the leadership team and network. Wiconi is honored and privileged to be served by a talented, passionate and loving team of leaders and servants. Richard and Katherine are deeply grateful for the team of men and women who have joined the Wiconi Tiyospaye “Extended Family.”