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The Committee on Charter for Racial Justice Policies recommends these resources on the Doctrine of Discovery, Act of Repentance, and Manifest Destiny. Most are accessible online and all pertain to the history of the forced subjugation of Indigenous lands and people. Members of the Committee believe that the knowledge, perspective, and understanding in these resources are paths to justice and ethnic equity.

Doctrine of Discovery

Doctrine of Discovery: Steve Newcomb. Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz.

YES! magazine, Spring 2018: The Decolonize Issue.

Sojourners, “How Native Theology Reclaims Native Culture,” March 2014.

“The Forgotten Slavery of Our Ancestors” addresses the history of Indigenous enslavement on the land in present-day United States in the Teaching Tolerance Magazine, Southern Poverty Law Center,

Resources for UMC Study Groups:

  • On This Spirit Walk: The Voices of Native American and Indigenous Peoples by Henrietta Mann and Anita Phillips.
  • Giving Our Hearts Away: Native American Survival: Mission Study for 2008-2009 by Thom White Wolf Fassett.

Manifest Destiny

The painting “American Progress” by John Gast depicts Manifest Destiny.

“Manifest Destiny,” Editors. Updated November 15, 2019.

“Manifest Destiny and Indian Removal,” Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.

Act of Repentance

“Repentance of the United Methodist Church,” by Thom White Wolf Fassett, March 19, 2012.

GC2012: George Tinker, Act of Repentance.

Chelsey Luger: “Whose Native Lands Are You On?”,

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Newsletter from the Committee on the Charter for Racial Justice Policies

The Charter for Racial Justice Committee supports the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on October 12 and proposes a careful, complete reading of this annual report of the Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM) prepared by Eva Johnson, CONAM Chair and UMW member from Salem, Oregon. Eva Johnson is also a member of the Charter for Racial Justice Committee. Other resources about Indigenous People follow CONAM’s report.*


Greetings to all. CONAM is a small committee, the majority of our members are Native. Our role in the OR/ID conference is to be a resource regarding native issues. Usually we do presentations in churches who invite us for Native Ministry Sunday each year. The money gathered during this special offering is our main source of income. In 2019 CONAM supported Huckleberry Family Camp at McGruder, Red Lodge Transition Services for Native women in prison who are returning to the community and Chemawa Indian School with a MMIWN project.

There are very few Native people who attend church in our conference. There continues to be mistrust and painful memories stemming from the churches role in operating Indian boarding schools attempting to assimilate Native children in the late 19th and mid-20th century. The effect on children is called generational historical trauma.

My personal mission as a Native elder and a Methodist is to share the story of the Act of Repentance for the Healing of Relationship with Indigenous people from the around the world. A question I am often ask, is what has the church actually done? I can share that two pieces of church property has been returned to Native tribes, Williamson River Indian Mission church to the Klamath Tribe and Wallowa Lake riverfront land to the Nez Perce tribe.

It is not uncommon for me to meet church people who don’t have much knowledge about Native people, whose ancestral land their church sets on or the Act of Repentance. Repentance is not a onetime act but a lifelong way of life. This personal work is not just for non-native individuals but Native people also. My goal for CONAM is to explore decolonization.

A request I leave with you who read my report is to research whose land does your church sit on, then place a historical marker acknowledging these indigenous people in front of your church.

Additional resources: is the website for National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC), dedicated to Restoring Sovereignty and Safeguarding Native Women and Children. Website presents news, legislative actions, resource library, and information about domestic violence, Tribal Sovereignty and Native Women’s Sovereignty, and the Project on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Native Advocacy Organizations including NIWRC, National Congress of American Indians, and the Indian Law Resource Center, have released a joint statement recognizing this October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Stop Trafficking!  Awareness, Advocacy, Action is another excellent resource that highlights the vulnerability of indigenous peoples to human trafficking.   “Changing the Way We See Native America” by Photographer Matika Wilbur. This is a “multi-year national photography project dedicated to phoptographing over 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States…an unprecedented repository of imagery and oral histories….” The Chicago Review of Books offers “22 Books by Indigenous Writers to Read Right Now.” Included in this list are novels, memoirs, poetry and essays.

A new museum entitled "Boontak" (Stop it) Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island. Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's new art exhibition addressing MMIWG. Contact Ziibiwing Center @ 989-775-4750 for more information.

Nicholas Kristof, “The Scandal of Native American Health Care,” NY Times, October 3, 2020.

1491 by Charles C. Mann — a study of pre-Columbian Americas featuring the richness and complexity of cultures and civilizations existing prior to 1492.

Members of the Charter for Racial Justice Committee contributed to this list that was prepared for publication by Becky Warren, Committee Chair and Conference President United Methodist Women.

2020 Recipient of the Charter for Racial Justice Award


Each year the Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Women accepts nominees for the Charter for Racial Justice Award.

Joanne Stewart, member of Gresham United Methodist Church, Gresham, Oregon, is the Recipient of the 2020 Charter for Racial Justice Award. She created an educational program titled “A History of the African American Experience in Oregon” and has presented it in the Gresham community.

Inspired to provide historical information about the discrimination African Americans experienced in the past — and continue to experience today, Joanne became a Board Member of the Oregon Black Pioneers serving on two committees that converted the Oregon Historical Society’s exhibit “Racing to Change” into a traveling exhibit and that presently works to support students through high school to create projects about African Americans in Oregon history.

Joanne’s research starts with the first known African American pioneers in 1788. She consulted the Oregon Historical Society, newspaper articles, and internet searches and developed slides to accompany her educational script. In Gresham Unit’s nomination prepared by Carol Potter wrote: “Her program also includes some of the contributions African Americans have made to Oregon history through their discoveries and inventions, their talents in the arts, and their services as public servants. Joanne also tells some of her own personal stories of discrimination which she hopes put a ‘face’ on discrimination and encourages other women of color to tell their stories!”

Joanne’s presentation educates others about “racist attitudes” and challenges all “to deepen our Christian commitment to BE the church where all racial groups and economic classes come together” (Statement # 2. in the actions advocated in The Charter for Racial Justice). Her presentations also spotlight Statement #4 of actions in The Charter: “Establish workshops and seminars in local churches to study, understand and appreciate the historical and cultural contributions of each race to the church and community.

The Committee on the Charter for Racial Justice Policies heartily applauds Joanne’s contribution to Racial Justice. She is a inspiring example of one who is “Living the Charter.”




To raise awareness of the Charter for Racial Justice, Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Women give a Charter for Racial Justice award each year to honor a person, congregation, or group that exhibits the principles of the Charter.


Read more about the Charter for Racial Justice here


Our Oregon-Idaho Charter for Racial Justice Award Recipients

Charter Award 2019 Recipients:

  1. Cynthia McCleod, Fremont UMC, Portland, Oregon, started classes on Courageous Conversations to help white people have conversations about race, and to awaken people to the issues of institutional racism and white privilege. 
  2. Mary Lynne Ball, a member, Meridian UMC, Meridian, ID introduced Congolese refugees into the church and created opportunities for Congolese women to tell their stories to United Methodist Women and Church Women United

Charter Award 2018 Recipients:

  1. Rev. Linda Tucker,  Medford UMC, Medford, OR for confronting inappropriate and unjust racist behavior
  2. Rev. Adam Briddell, Eugene UMC, Eugene, OR for working tirelessly with community leaders to eradicate the root causes of racism
  3. Trish Jordan of Wilshire UMC Native American Fellowship for her advocacy for Native American women and development of Red Lodge Transition Services

Charter Award 2017 Recipients:          

  1. Katie Kissinger, Gresham UMC, Gresham, OR, for her work developing "Freedom Camp" for children (Read Katie's story here)
  2. Yuni Rueda, Wilder United Methodist, and a student at Western Oregon State University for her ongoing advocacy for Hispanic immigrants. (Read Yuni's story here

Charter Award 2015 Recipient:

  1. Pathways Ministries, Director of Spiritual Formation, Linda Dove, from Tigard United Methodist Church.

Charter Award 2014 Recipients:

  1. Church members and tutor of Jason Lee Memorial UMC, Blackfoot, ID for their work with Lillian Vallely Indian School.
  2. Bonnie Becker, Westside UMC, Beaverton, OR for her work with Hispanic Ministries

Charter Award 2012 Recipients: (click here for photos)

  1. Rockwood United Methodist Church--work with Centro De Milagros Congregation

  2. Rev. June Fothergill--work with Wilder Hispanic Ministry

  3. Rev. Al Trachsel--work with Lower Snake River Hispanic Ministries

Charter Award 2011 Recipients:  (click here for photos)
  1. Eva Johnson and Gloria Marple

  2. Community Dinner Table, Lee Hammett, Jason Lee UMC, Blackfoot, Idaho

  3. Peg Lofsvold and Montavilla UMC 

Charter Award 2010 Recipient:

  1. Mira and Eric Conklin, Cornellius UMC

Charter Award 2009 Recipients:

  1. Sandra and Quenton Kimbrow, Pendleton UMC and Milton Freewater Wesley UMC
  2. Carol L. Potter, Gresham UMC
  3. Ruth Chamberlin and the Afterschool Mentoring Program, Klamath Falls, UMC
  4. Alan and Karen Morris, Christ UMC, Portland
  5. Lorrie Baer, Whitney UMC


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Racial Injustices - Compiled at and after the 2008 Conference Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho

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