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Social Concerns
Sheila Jones (right) joins in a service of remembrance for missing and murdered indigenous women during the Native Moccasins Rock gathering in Bon Aqua, Tenn. The program is sponsored by the Committee on Native American Ministries of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Weekend spotlights Native culture

An annual gathering celebrating Native American culture under the auspices of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference draws Native and non-Native Americans for dance, art and contemplation of serious issues.
Church History
William Apess was the first Native American licensed to preach by American Methodists. Photo from "A Son of the Forest. The Experience of Will Apes (sic), A Native of the Forest," courtesy of Internet Archive; graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Pioneers in Methodism — William Apess

William Apess was the first Native American licensed to preach among American Methodists and the leading advocate for Native American rights in the first half of the 19th century.
Multicultural Ministry
Nic Hamilton, a Cheyenne and Arapaho, performs an original song during a presentation for a group of United Methodist visitors at Sovereign Community School in Oklahoma City. The group of about 40 people were participating in an immersion into Native American culture and ministries sponsored by The United Methodist Church’s Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. Photo by Tim Tanton, UM News.

Programs support, develop Native American youth

An Oklahoma church and a public charter school are focused on teaching Native youth about their culture and equipping them to thrive.