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August 26, 2022
Photograph of Corbett (right) receiving an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Huron College, South Dakota, June 1968. Pearl ID: islandora:288041 [RG 535, Box 18, Folder 13]

The Cecil Corbett Papers have been processed as Record Group 535, and the guide to the records is now available:...

November 23, 2021
The Indian School at Fort Wrangell, Alaska, ca. 1877-1907. [Pearl ID: 103135]

As the 225th General Assembly prepares to address the historic injustices toward Indigenous peoples harmed by the Presbyterian Church, PHS has turned to its collections to provide an account of Native American schools with historical ties to the PC(USA) and its predecessor

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September 17, 2020

Recently, we highlighted elder Tillie Paul Tamaree for our #HistoricalFigureFriday series on social media. She was the first Native American woman elected as a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Before her election as elder in 1930, Tillie Paul worked as a translator, civil rights advocate, and missionary educator within the Tlingit community in the Pacific Northwest.

The Tlingit are indigenous peoples of that region. Their language is the Tlingit language in which the name means "People of the Tides."

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May 12, 2019

On March 25th, the Charles H. Cook Memorial Building of the First Presbyterian Church of Sacaton, Arizona burned to the ground. Authorities of the Gila River Indian Community soon arrested three suspects for arson. For one church elder, the fire was a reminder of...

September 11, 2018

--by Jennifer Graber

Session minutes of the Anadarko Presbyterian Church, founded in Indian Territory in 1889, referred to the “problem” of Native American church membership on the very first page. Rev. Silas Fait, along with an elder, examined an “Indian named Emma.” Though she “accept[ed] Christ,” the leaders rejected Emma’s application as she maintained that Christ could not “interfere with her own gods.” In the follow-up notes, Rev. Fait worried that “great harm will come to the mission if care is not exercised...

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