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Throughout this period, work among Native American (then called Indian) nations was considered foreign missions. Many of the missionaries in “Indian territory” had begun their work prior to the formation of the General Assembly in 1789.When did the first missionaries come to Indian Territory?
Many of the missionaries in “Indian territory” had begun their work prior to the formation of the General Assembly in 1789. “Some of the noblest spirits that modern Christianity has produced are to be found among the early American missionaries to the Indians.”Who were the Mission Indians?
Mission Indians, North American Indians of what is now the southern and central Californiacoast, among whom Spanish Franciscansand soldiers established 21 missionsbetween 1769 and 1823. The major groups were, from south to north, the Diegueño, Luiseño and Juaneño, Gabrielino, Chumash, and Costanoan.Did missionaries accept Indians as equals?
Much debate surrounded the conversion rate and whether missionaries entered the field willing to accept Indians as equals or not. 30 The other side, which saw only failure and evil intent in missions and missionaries, in some ways revictimized Indians, by not allowing them to adapt, overcome, and reject missionary intentions.