Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Bud Sahmaunt receives Milhouse Award


Each year the Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award is conferred by Oklahoma City University to recognize the outstanding efforts of a lay person or lay couple who actively and generously support and promote the relationship between OCU and The United Methodist Church.

On Dec. 9, Joseph “Bud” Sahmaunt became the 35th recipient of this prestigious award.

Dr. Sahmaunt was nominated because of his many years of outstanding service to OCU and the denomination’s Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC).

This OCU alum is a member of the university’s Sports Hall of Fame. He is a former OCU professor and athletic director who remained active in the life of the university for many years following his retirement.

A Kiowa, he was a longtime member of Bishop Angie Smith United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City before moving to Pawhuska, where he now resides. Bud also has been inducted into the Kiowa Nation Hall of Fame.

Sahmaunt enthusiastically assisted with the Native American Society on campus and the annual OCU Powwow. He served on the OIMC Committee on Archives and History, which oversees that conference’s archives housed at OCU.

The Milhouse Award was given at the annual OCU University-Church Relations Appreciation Dinner. Presenter was David Wilson, who chairs the University-Church Relations trustees.

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From left are OIMC Superintendent David Wilson, honoree Bud Sahmaunt, and Bishop Jimmy Nunn.


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