Indigenous Ministries

The goal of Native American/Indigenous Ministries is the full inclusion of Native and Indigenous peoples in the life and leadership of the Episcopal Church.


October 17, 2013

Thanks to a New Opportunities Grant, a new partnership between the Native American ministries of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the Episcopal Church is starting to take shape in Oklahoma. The UMC has matched the funds offered by...

October 17, 2013

My name is Jim Kee-Rees, and I am the Native American Missioner for the Diocese of Oklahoma and Vicar of Whirlwind Mission of the Holy Family in Watonga, Oklahoma.  Whirlwind Mission was founded by the Rev. David Pendleton Oakerhater, and...

October 17, 2013

The Diocese of Los Angeles supports the activities of two traditional talking circles through the New Community Grant. The two circles are: First Women First Tuesday Gather-at-the-Fire (Los Angeles) and First Women First Wednesday Gather-...

October 17, 2013

Good morning. My name is Elsie Dennis Dofelmier, and I am James’ mother. I felt it was appropriate for me to do the eulogy today. I brought him into the world, and I want my words to carry him out to the next world. Thank you, my family,...

October 17, 2013

Dear Relatives, The Episcopal Church has always sought to work together with people of other faiths to encourage balance and understanding where all people are equal: the marginalized and the powerful, the poor and the wealthy, men and...

November 27, 2012

Bishop Whipple Mission on the Lower Sioux Reservation hosted our annual convention at their casino and convention center, Jackpot Junction, in September. We decided that it was right for our convention to be held there for two reasons....


Bulletin Inserts

Every year on Columbus Day, the United States is reminded of the tragic history of how the “New...

Native Americans and Alaskan natives have centuries of rich tradition and cultural knowledge...

Indigenous clergy, laity, and bishops whose ministry includes native peoples will gather May 27...

Hozhoni means 'together we walk in beauty' in the Navajo language, and is a fitting name for a...

A Native American Gathering is planned for November 1-3, topping the Decade of Remembrance....



A pastoral adaptation of The Book of Common Prayer meant to help disciples "€œhear the Gospel and see Jesus."

For over two centuries, large discrepancies in health have existed between American Indians and the rest of the nation. Mortality rates for diabetes, tuberculosis, cervical cancer, pneumonia, influenza, SIDS, and alcoholism are all...

“Four Directions and Magnificat” is designed to build upon a “rediscovery” of the history of the Church and this nation that began with “Looking at Columbus Day through the Lens of our Baptismal Covenant.” The purpose of Part II is to...

“Seeking God’s Justice for All” is the third part of an ongoing Lifelong Faith Formation resource which responds to the 2009 General Convention resolution D035 in which the Episcopal Church repudiated and renounced the “Doctrine of...


Presented by the Haudenosaunee, the American Indian Law Alliance and the Indigenous Law Institute, North America, at the 11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

“We seek to address the need for healing in all parts of society, and we stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples globally to acknowledge and address the legacy of colonial occupation and policies of domination,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori states in her Pastoral Letter on the Doctrine of Discovery and Indigenous Peoples issued May 16, 2012.

She continues, “Our Christian heritage has taught us that a healed community of peace is only possible in the presence of justice for all peoples. We seek to build such a beloved community that can be a sacred household for all creation, a society of right relationships.”

On May 7, 2012, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori joined other religious voices in repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery at the 11th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The theme for the UNPFII meeting is “The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples).”  In 2009, General Convention repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery.

Conference room paper from the 11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


Presiding Bishop preaches at Navajoland Convocation

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preaches June 14 during the ordination of two Navajo to the transitional diaconate at Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

The Rev. Cornelia Eaton preaches during 38th Navajoland Convocation

The Rev. Cornelia Eaton, canon to the ordinary for the Navajoland Area Mission, preaches June 13 during a healing Eucharist that traditionally starts the area mission's convocations. Eaton was ordained to the transitional diaconate in December by Navajoland Bishop David Bailey.

Navajo purification ceremony

Kimball Shorty purified the Good Shepherd Mission church and the people in it June 14 at the start of the ordination liturgy for transitional deacon candidates Cathlena Plummer and Leon Sampson. This clip shows a portion of the ritual.

Corn pollen blessing

Kimball Shorty using sacred corn pollen to bless Cathlena Plummer and Leon Sampson prior to their ordination June 14 to the transitional diaconate at Good Shepherd Mission church in Fort Defiance, Arizona, in the Episcopal Church's Navajoland Area Mission.

Terry Star preaches at consecration of St. James, Cannon Ball

The Rev. Terry Star, a deacon who grew up in St. James and who is now a seminarian at Nashotah House in Wisconsin, tells those who will worship at the new St. James Episcopal Church that they must take the joy and happiness they feel out into the rest of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Isaiah Brokenleg on how racism impacts Native Americans

Isaiah Brokenleg, program director/epidemiologist for the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, talks about the invisibility of racism when Native Americans are involved.