Oklahoma Indian Missionary Annual Conference

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.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Donna Pewo (right),  director of connectional ministries for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, distributes masks, gloves, hats and blankets to the children at Petarsy United Methodist Church near Lawton, Okla. The National Network of Korean United Methodist Women connected with the OIMC to offer support during the global pandemic by providing clothing items, hand sanitizer, water bottles and 6,000 cloth masks. Photo by Ginny Underwood.

Korean, Native faithful join to fight virus

National Network of Korean United Methodist Women members share necessities, masks and $8,000, and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference churches host vaccination clinics.
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.

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