Oklahoma Indian Missionary Annual Conference

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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.
Mission and Ministry
A volunteer from Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church loads up food boxes in a shopping cart so participants can take them home to a nearby apartment complex. Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church operates a food bank on the last Friday of the month. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UM News.

Native ministry fills need in Tulsa food desert

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people seeking help at Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church has doubled.
Mission and Ministry
A mural warns residents of the danger posed by the COVID-19 outbreak in the Navajo Nation near Shiprock, N.M. The United Methodist Church’s Four Corners Native American Ministry is helping support tribal members and front-line workers on the reservation. Photo by Andrew Hay, REUTERS.

United Methodist ministry aids Navajo Nation

The Four Corners Native American Ministry is among those helping tribal members and front-line workers as COVID-19 cases continue to rise on the reservation.
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The emergency medical team at Shiprock Indian Hospital in Shiprock, New Mexico, models the Tyvek suits and N95 masks donated by the Desert Southwest Conference’s Early Response Team. The hospital serves the Navajo Nation, which has more than 1,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Photo courtesy of Gail Ringelberg.

Helping Native communities amid COVID-19 crisis

United Methodists provide protective gear, money for food ministries as Native Americans struggle during pandemic.

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