The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers substance abuse prevention grants for tribal governments.  

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success cooperative agreements (SPF-PFS 2015).  The SPF-PFS program is designed to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.  Application Due Date: Monday, March 16, 2015.

Cabinet Holy Conferences with CONAM

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., and the Cabinet of the California-Nevada Conference recently shared a holy conferencing experience with the Committee On Native American Ministries (CONAM). The meeting was in response to one of the commitments Bishop Brown made to the group during the 2014 Annual Conference Session to listen and gain a greater understanding of the impact decisions and actions by the conference have had on their communities. Also present was the Rev. Andrea Davidson who chairs the... (read more)

Open Letter to All United Methodist Bishops Serving in United States

In 2012 at our General Conference in Tampa, Florida, our denomination entered into a four-year 
process of intentionally nurturing relationships and engaging in genuine healing work with Native 
Americans and indigenous people. A first step was when we participated at that conference in “An 
Act of Repentance Toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous People.” (Continue reading)

November 2011 Proclaimed American Indian Heritage Month in Nevada

See proclamation by the governor.

ACR 35, Alejo, September is California Native American Heritage Month

This measure would recognize the month of September every year as California Native American Heritage Month, would encourage Californians to participate in appropriate observances that celebrate and commemorate California Native Americans, and would applaud and encourage the observance of California Indian Nations for their outstanding contributions to this state. (Continue reading)

Native American Ministries Sunday

Native American Ministries Sunday reminds United Methodists of the contributions made by Native Americans to our society. It provides an opportunity for United Methodists to learn about and to reach out to Native Americans in their communities, encouraging them to consider becoming pastors and nurturing them in their journey.

Please give generously on Native American Ministries Sunday.

Your financial gift:

  • Empowers local outreach and educates Native American seminary students to serve God faithfully.
  • Helps preserve a rich cultural heritage.
  • Benefits Native American outreach within annual conferences and across the United States and provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans.

To read stories of lives changed by your gifts to the Native American Ministries Sunday offering click here.


More Information regarding Native American Sunday Ministries here.

To send donations by check, mail to:

P.O. Box 340029
Nashville, TN 37203

NOTE: List the name of “Native American Ministries Sunday” in the memo section of your check.

Church to Extend Healing Ministries with Native American and Other Indigenous People

Nov. 2013: The United Methodist Church is taking steps to extend to regional units and local congregations a ministry of repentance and reconciliation with Native American and other indigenous people as part of an effort to build a church of integrity and inclusiveness for all people and all of God’s creation.
The work continues years of effort by the denomination to overcome centuries of mistreatment of native people in the United States and elsewhere. The church’s 2012 General Conference, its highest legislating body, engaged in a formal Act of Repentance Service for the Healing of Relationships with Indigenous Persons.

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Bishops Visit Cherokee as Part of Repentance

CHEROKEE, N.C. (UMNS) (11/13/2013) — This year marks the 175th anniversary of the start of the Trail of Tears, the forced removal of the Cherokee people and other tribes from their homelands in the Southeast to what is today Oklahoma. The United Methodist Council of Bishops visited Cherokee for church leaders to have an “immersion experience” during this week’s annual meeting of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, said Charlotte Area Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster.

(Photo caption: The Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, executive secretary for the Native American and Indigenous Ministries at the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, speaks to visiting members of the Council of Bishops at Cherokee United Methodist Church. At left is Bishop Larry Goodpaster. UMNS photos by Annette Spence.)

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Committee Members:

Chair: Derrick Rainbow (Quechuan), Clovis Memorial UMC

Vice Chair: Rev. Roy Piña (Nomlacki), Round Valley UMC

Secretary: Debbra Lysek, Point Arena UMC

Finance Chair: Doug Sibley, Walnut Creek UMC

Conference Superintendent: Rev. Linda Caldwell

District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. David Samelson 

Member: Kevin Murphy,  Ukiah UMC

Member: Pastor Jason Thornton, Manteca St. Paul UMC

Member: Pastor Isabel Budinger, Klamath UMC

Member: Pastor Nathan Sam-Whistler (Tohono O'odham/Paiute), Schurz UMC

Member: Michael Piña (Nomlacki), Emeritus