November is Native American Heritage Month and as United Methodists, we are called to reflect, learn and engage in tangible acts of healing with Native/Indigenous people. Use this month as a starting point for learning and acting.
- Alaska Natives, including Eskimo-Aleut and Inupiat peoples
- Native Hawaiians, native of the islands now declared in the state of Hawaii
- Taino, the indigenous people of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico
- Aboriginal people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
NOTE: Some Native Americans take offense to the name, “Indian” because it was bestowed by European explorers to the Americas who mistakenly believed they had landed in the country of India. Others embrace the name, “Indian.” It is best to ask people what they prefer to be called.
Resources (updated periodically):
OIMC (Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference) Responds to Standing Rock
Rev. David Wilson, Conference Superintendent, shares about his visit and how we can help
Wounded Knee ’73 was Indians against Indians
this peaceful protest is not like the violent takeover of Wounded Knee
New Zealand’s Native People are Showing Their Support for Standing Rock in a Powerful Way
Many Māori, the native people of New Zealand, are posting hakas, a traditional war dance, on Facebook to show their support