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Choosing the Jesus WayAmerican Indian Pentecostals and the Fight for the Indigenous Principle$
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Angela Tarango

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469612928

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469612928.001.0001

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The Fight for National Power and the Indigenous Principle

The Fight for National Power and the Indigenous Principle

The Development of the Indian Representative Position and the Native American Fellowship

(p.147) Chapter 5 The Fight for National Power and the Indigenous Principle
Choosing the Jesus Way

Angie Maxwell

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Cherokee evangelist John McPherson, the first national American Indian representative for the Assembly of God (AG), and how in the 1970s the Native leadership worked to force the white AG leadership to acknowledge that Native leadership was essential to spreading the gospel among Native Americans. It looks at the Indian struggle in 1989–2006 for more power in the Home Missions Department and the failed attempt to create a separate Native American Department under the Home Missions/Special Ministries umbrella. Finally, the chapter explores the recent Native American Fellowship within the AG and how its composition has given Native leaders hope for change.

Keywords:   Cherokee evangelist, John McPherson, Assembly of God, Home Missions Department, Native American Fellowship

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