Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

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Social Concerns
In this file photo, the Rev. Homer Noley, a United Methodist from Wilburton, Okla., joins other members of his denomination in protesting outside a May 11, 2000, Cleveland Indians baseball game held during The United Methodist General Conference. Rev. Noley died in 2018. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

NFL team name change victory for Native people

Washington NFL team dropping the name Redskins marks beginning of era of understanding the negative impact the names have for Native people, United Methodists said.
Social Concerns
A view of the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the federal judiciary. Native Americans pronounced themselves stunned and happy at a July 9 ruling by the court affirming their jurisdiction over criminal prosecutions of tribe members on reservations in Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.

Native Americans joyful about SCOTUS decision

United Methodist Native Americans expressed elation over a U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming their jurisdiction over criminal prosecutions of tribe members on reservations in Oklahoma.
Social Concerns
The Rev. David Wilson, conference superintendent of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church, attaches banners from his conference to a fence near the Dakotas Access Pipeline, Highway 1806, near Cannon Ball, N.D. File photo by Dave Stucke, Dakotas Conference.

Court ruling temporarily halts Dakota pipeline

United Methodists have supported the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its efforts to protect both water quality and its spiritual home.