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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM)

    Native American Ministries Sunday is April 18, 2021.
    Click here to learn more about this Special Sunday offering. You may still hold this Special Sunday offering if you have not done so already.


    Our Mission

    The Upper New York Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) seeks to advocate for ministry with and by Native Americans and educate all regarding the rich and diverse culture, history, and traditions of Native Americans.

    Our Charge

    “There shall be an annual conference committee on Native American ministry or other structure to provide for these ministries and maintain the connectional relationships. The basic membership of the committee shall be nominated and elected by established procedure of the respective annual conferences. Each annual conference shall determine the number and composition of the total membership. Where possible, the membership shall consist of a majority of Native Americans.

    It shall be the responsibility of this committee to:

    Each committee shall report how the offering funds have benefited Native Americans in their annual conference” (Book of Discipline, 2008, ¶654).


    Four Corners Humanitarian Award


    Honoring a long time CONAM member


    Raising Awareness for Abducted Women
    To learn more about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and the REDress Project, read a recent blog here.

    NEJNAMC on Statement of Full Inclusion (2.22.21)
    The United Methodist Church Northeastern Jurisdiction Native American Ministries Committee announces official position on full inclusion of LGBTQIAS2+ persons. Read story here.

    Churches and Ministries

    There are three Native American United Methodist churches in the Upper New York Annual Conference:

    • Four Corners United Methodist Church, located on the Cattaraugus Territory
    • Hogansburg United Methodist church located on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation at Akwesasnee
    • Onondaga Nation United Methodist Church located on the Onondaga Nation Indian Territory

    Native American Outreach Transportation Program

    Elders on the Onondaga Nation and in the greater Syracuse area obtain transportation to doctor appointments, medical treatments, food pantries, senior nutrition sites, and other necessary places. This program is made possible through the Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services, the Upper New York Annual Conference, the Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM), and the Onondaga Nation UMC. We have received a New York State Department of Transportation grant to purchase a wheelchair accessible van in 2011. This will expand our ability to offer rides to individuals with disabilities.

    We welcome support from individuals and churches to help us meet operating expenses and maintain the van. For further information contact Sharon Schmit at 315-655-2500.

    There is also ongoing support for education, cultural preservation, and social justice for Native American communities within our conference.

    Students from Rontewennanonhnha School thank Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for generous support.

    Our Connection

    The Native American people and Native American churches within our conference are a part of our Global Neighborhood, bringing a rich history and diverse gifts. The purpose of our work is to build relationships between all members of our churches and all Native peoples. Your can support our work by:

    • Celebrating Native American Ministries Sunday
    • Learning more about Native American people, history, culture
    • Visiting the Native American churches in our Conference
    • Recommending individuals as members of CONAM
    • Contributing to Native American Conference Advance Specials: Native American Outreach/Transportation Program # 3204; Onondaga Nation UMC # 3202

    Submitting the name of a designated member of your church/or charge to your District Superintendent as charged in The Book of Discipline:

    “Every local church at charge conference shall designate by nomination and election a minimum of one person per charge (without regard to race or ethnic origin) or a designated member of an established church committee to represent the need for better awareness of Native American contributions in the local church. These names are to be submitted to the District Superintendent at charge conference and given to the Annual Conference committee on Native American ministry." (Book of Discipline, 2008, ¶654).

    Upper New York CONAM is a member of the Northeast Jurisdiction Native American Task Force (NEJNAMTF), which is comprised of the Conference CONAM's in the Jurisdiction. The Task Force meets once a year, usually in the Fall, to hear from each other and to learn about resources that are available to the churches, native communities, and native people of our jurisdiction through the United Methodist Church, other faith entities, and secular resources. For more information about NEJNAMTF contact Chairperson Cynthia Kent:


    No one person or group can possibly know or speak about all Native nations and tribes, their cultures and traditions. The Committee on Native American Ministries, however, can provide information concerning Native American Ministries in the Upper New York conference, as well as assist in providing resources for local church educational programs concerning Native American information and issues.

    Team Members

    Chair: Sharon Schmit (CONAM Rep for Cady Grant)
    Administrative Assistant: Brooke Conklin
    Treasurer: Blenda Smith (Cady Grant Committee, liaison CCORR)
    Secretary: Marilyn Anderson (Seneca)
    Dan Cook (Mohawk)
    Rev. Sue Crawson-Brizzolara (Dine, Peenpac)
    Carolyn Huston
    Lisa Jacobs (Mohawk)
    Roselynn Kingsbury (Cree)
    Bethany Printup-Davis (Tuscarora)
    Rosalie Schotanus (Onondaga, Eel Clan)
    Rev. Thomas White Wolf Fassett (Seneca)
    Kae Wilbert (Cherokee) ex-officio NEJNAMC treasurer

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."