Oklahoma Baptists elect first Indian president
The Rev. Emerson Falls was elected as president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

Falls, who is Sac and Fox and Choctaw, is the first Indian leader of the group, which represents more than 600 Southern Baptist churches across the state. He was elected at a meeting on Tuesday.

"I think it signals that we are more concerned about being the people of God than other issues like race," Falls told The Oklahoman.

Falls said the Baptist church has a long association with Oklahoma tribes.

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