Originally Dallas Indian Mission of the Oklahoma Indian Mission Conference, the Dallas Indian UMC is an inclusive church with a connectional relationship with the Native American peoples’ community. Under the Indian Relocation Act of the early 1950’s, many Native Americans were relocated to Dallas, Texas. Dallas was one of many urban sites some selected for job opportunities and a new beginning for Indian families leaving their familiar home lands of Oklahoma and different reservations. Later, other family members and friends followed.
In the early 1970s, Dallas Indian Mission helped found both the American Indian Center and the Dallas Indian Christian Center (Dallas Inter-Tribal Center, now Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas). The Dallas Indian UMC continues to provide leadership for the Dallas Indian community.
The Young Adults Sunday school classes of Spring Valley UMC and Dallas Indian Mission were instrumental in the formation of the American Indian Center.
The first dental clinic was housed in the fellowship hall of the Dallas Indian UMC until it was transferred to the Dallas Inter-Tribal Center.
Also in the 1970’s, Dallas Indian UMC provided the first nutritional program for Native American children for several years.
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