Native Peoples

Faith Stories
Damon Neal, a member at Dallas Indian United Methodist Church, believes every stroke of his painting, "A Window to Heaven" was inspired by the Holy Spirit," which also led the artist to find healing for his grief. Photo courtesy of Dallas Indian United Methodist Church.

Healing through a Spirit-filled 'Window to Heaven'

Mourning the loss of his father and brother, Damon Neal is finding healing in a mural he is painting at Dallas Indian United Methodist Church he calls “Window to Heaven.” Neal, a Native American, believes God is taking “every negative thought I had and ... putting it into a positive."
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.
Multicultural Ministry
Josephine Deere serves communion to participants in an immersion experience held by The United Methodist Church’s Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. A group of 40 people spent several days learning about Native American history and culture, as well as challenges facing indigenous communities. Photo by Tim Tanton, UM News.

Group gets immersion in Native history, concerns

Invisibility is a problem for indigenous communities today, and United Methodists from nine states resolved to help raise awareness and support Native American ministries.
Church History
Visitors browse a gallery of artifacts at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City. The museum held its grand opening on Sept. 18-19. It took decades to get funding and build the museum. Photo courtesy of First Americans Museum.

Native American museum makes belated debut

The First Americans Museum is open to the public after a protracted birthing process. United Methodist Native Americans involved with the new Oklahoma City museum say it is worth the wait.

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