Welcome to the Conference Committee on Native American Ministries
Listed on these pages are the members of the Committee, upcoming and past events, resources and the Act of Repentance Service.
At Charge Conference, names can be added to the Directory of Official Elected at Church Conference. This person could work with the Worship Committee and Pastor to set up the NAMS Worship. Click here for the role and responsibility of the NAMS Local Church Representative. Continue to come back to this page, as we will be adding more information regularly.
A Story of Survival
The Wampanoag and the English A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Booklet from a Native American Perspective produced by the OKC public schools system.
Access this valuable curriculum here.
Litany for "A Day of Remembrance for Our Children"
Rev. Michael Johnson of Penn DE Conference wrote and shared a litany during the gathering of “A Day of Remembrance for Our Children.”
Chebon Speaks Out
Rev. Chebon Kernell, Native American Comprehensive Plan’s executive director, calls for Christian and Ecumenical communities to take action in light of the recent findings of remains believed to be Indigenous children at boarding schools. Watch here and please share.
Please find the Baltimore Washington Conference Native American Ministries webinar with presentations by Casey Church and Ragghi Rain. To view the video, please click here and supportive documents at the bwcumc.org/nam.
NEJNAMC on Statement of Full Inclusion (2.22.21)
The United Methodist Church Northeastern Jurisdiction Native American Ministries Committee announces official position on full inclusion of LGBTQIAS2+ persons. Read story here
Indigenous People’s Day
Indigenous People’s Day, the second Monday of October, was first recognized in 2017 in Newark. It has since been recognized by Princeton in 2019. For a liturgy to be used that day, click here.
Raising Awareness for Abducted Women
To learn more about MMIWG and the REDress Project, read a recent blog here.
Lynn Malerba of the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut has been picked to be the U.S. Treasurer, which oversees the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Created back in the days of the Continental Congress, the post is older than the Treasury Department, where it is now housed.
Move over, Andrew Jackson — you’re going to have to share the face of the $20 bill with a Native American woman soon.
THERE ARE HUNDREDS UPON hundreds of them—by one count, more than 800. They are mountains, valleys, creeks, lakes, and other physical landmarks with one thing in common: They all have the word squaw in their name.
Last November, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, vowed to change that. Secretary Haaland announced the creation of a formal process to review and replace derogatory place-names. She also officially classified the term sq*** as offensive and created a federal task force to find replacement names. “Racist terms have no place in our vernacular or on our federal lands,” Haaland said. “Our nation’s lands and waters should be places to celebrate the outdoors and our shared cultural heritage—not to perpetuate the legacies of oppression.”
Two Catawba Nation Matriarchs will bring an Ancestor Home from Carlisle Next Week.
Twenty years after they first spotted the name of a relative on a tombstone at one of the nation’s most infamous Indian Boarding Schools, two Catawba Nation tribal members are preparing to finally bring him home. Full story here.
UMNews Features NAIC’s Call for Action
Native American International Caucus – After mass grave found, groups urge action
WASHINGTON — After the bones of 215 children were found at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Canada, Native American United Methodists are urging a closer look at Methodist-run schools. The Native American International Caucus asks bishops to commit time and money to the investigation. The executive committee of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Native Americans Ministries Committee also has issued a letter of solidarity with the caucus. Read June 14, 2021, story here.
Deb Haaland Addresses the Crisis of Violence Against Indigenous Women
To read a recent article in Mother Jones, click here.
Voter Suppression in Indian Country
To view a recent video from EPAUMC CoNAM regarding the history of voter suppression in the Native American communities, click here.
CoNAM Letter to Deb Haaland (3.22.21)
Please read the letter sent to Deb Haaland in celebration of her new appointment here.