Native Peoples

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.
Racism
Native American youth from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference participated in a panel discussion at Youth 2019 in Kansas City, Mo., about issues facing Native communities. From left are: Alyssa Underwood, Elonna LaFromboise and Jariah Eyachabbe. Photo by Ginny Underwood.

Native young people speak up at national gathering

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference youth raise their voices about Native-themed mascots and other issues important to their communities.
Social Concerns
Alfreda Hibbard (second from right), age 81, leads a prayer for participants of the Billy Hooton United Methodist Church food bank in Oklahoma City, Okla. The outreach ministry has helped to feed Oklahoma City residents for nearly 30 years. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UM News.

Native ministry provides three decades of food security

The women of Billy Hooton United Methodist Church refuse to give up on a food pantry that serves 60-80 families each month.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. David Wilson from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference visits a home damaged by two recent snowstorms and subsequent flooding on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UM News.

United Methodists offer lifeline to reservation

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, UMCOR step in to help Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after devastating snowstorms.

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