Native American


Dawn Helton Anishinaabeqwa

Native American Ministry, Milwaukee, WI

This 20-year-old ministry serves a multicultural, urban community. The church engages in ecumenical prayer services at Indian Summer Lake Front Festival, and the Milwaukee mid-winter Pow-wow. The Broken Arrow Recovery Group meets at the ministry.

Odanah Ministry, Odanah, WI

Odanah United Methodist ChurchThe Odanah United Methodist Church was dedicated on April 3, 1898 by A.J. Davis of the Ashland District. Its founder and first minister was Thomas C. Thomas, an ordained Ojibwa Native American from Michigan. Thomas was a member of the West Wisconsin Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was elected during his time to be a delegate to Washington DC.

The current ministry has a Friday evening Soup for the Soul prayer/study group, and participates in a community prayer ecumenical group in nearby Ashland. The church has a small elementary Sunday school and hosts several VIM groups during the summer months.

Oneida Church, De Pere, WI

The Oneida Church is close to 200 years old and the oldest church in the Conference, having brought the Methodist Societies to Wisconsin from New York. The church is open to all people as well as all Native Americans. The Oneida Church is committed to walk alongside the traditionalists, while bringing the gospel to them in a culturally sensitive way. There are 80-100 in worship every Sunday with larger gatherings on holidays and special events.

Native American Ministries Sunday

Whether it's providing shelter for victims of domestic violence, filling food pantries, starting new churches or educating Native American seminary students, this designated offering takes place as a way United Methodists honor Native Americans. 

On Native American Ministries Sunday, United Methodists cultivate and support urban missions with Native Americans, and fund scholarships for Native American seminarians. Our Wisconsin Conference retains 50 percent of the offering to strengthen and develop Native American ministries. The remaining 50 percent of the offering expands mission work with the Native American Urban Initiative and provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist and other approved schools of theology.

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