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 By Beverly Thomas    Life Story 

Grace by Which I Stand

My life story begins in a small log house in the middle of Berens River, a remote First Nation community on the southeast shore of Lake Winnipeg on June 3, 1962. My story actually... — Updated 10/5/2017

 

Child of Sorrow, Man of Comfort

My father taught me strong moral values and personal responsibility. He taught me honesty and trust. He taught me to be compassionate and respect all life. He also taught me the... — Updated 07/15/2017

 

Once I was lost

I once dreamt that I was standing on cold concrete surrounded by men with nowhere to go. Nowhere to run. I was scared. In my dream I could fly away and hover in midair. I could see... — Updated 05/12/2017

 

The Good, Bad, and Ugly

I am a 54-year-old First Nations man living in the suburbs of an affluent, multi-cultural community just north of Toronto, Ontario. My father was a Potawatomi and my mother a... — Updated 05/12/2017

 

Trusting Jesus as a Lakota woman

Finding Jesus. I am Lakota Sioux from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Both my parents were Lakota Sioux. When I was quite young, my father had to move away to find work... — Updated 03/13/2017

 

Mental Illness Is Not a Defect

Mental illness was in the news a lot in 2016. Reports say one in four people deal with mental illness. Writer Mikaela Conley reporting for Good Morning America stated back in 2012... — Updated 01/9/2017

 

It takes tragedy to find true life and peace in Sandy Bay

My name is Skyler Roulette and I am a German-Canadian Treaty Cree. How so, you ask? My mom was German and came to Manitoba where she found a job working at a restaurant in... — Updated 01/9/2017

 

The Hope that can come to you

Small beginnings Born on the Onondaga Reservation near Syracuse, New York, my Native name is Laughing Water. We lived on the reservation until I was four. My parents were both... — Updated 09/9/2016

 

FEEL TRAMPLED ON?

Did you ever feel like someone stomped on your chest, trampling on your heart? Ever feel all alone and no one really cares? As a single mom with young children and pre-teens, Ruth Kathleen Smith (Laughing Water) felt that way. One... — Updated 09/9/2016

 

Seasons of Wounded Heart

To the many of you who are feeling lonely and forgotten as you sit in your cells and rooms, I say "hello." This is a small way I can reach out to those who are in what seems to be... — Updated 07/19/2016

 

From Fatherless to Manliness

There is a common thread which runs through the frayed cord of men, not only in our time and the last many generations, but in time immemorial: our fathers. Whether good or bad or... — Updated 05/14/2016

 

A Thoughtful Look at Life

My father would have been sixty years old. I wish we got to celebrate his birthday one more time. Although, this is that chance, isn't it, to celebrate him? Celebrate my Dad's... — Updated 05/14/2016

 

TONTO'S SON WALKS CREATOR'S PATH

Tonto finds the near dead Ranger and with Good Samaritan care nursed him back to health. This is one of the gifts God has bestowed on Chief Silverheels-to reach, to touch, to... — Updated 03/23/2016

 
 By Helen Worm    Life Story

Learning to love and accept myself helped me overcome fear

i'm Cree and I was born on the Kawacatoose First Nation near Quentin, Saskatchewan. My dad was born in 1923 and my mother in 1930. My parents went to Residential School for eight ye... — Updated 01/16/2016

 

Called by Creator for a purpose

"The doctor who came from the valley into our log cabin in the hills looked at me, threw up his hands, and whispered to my father, 'You send him away. He doesn't belong in the... — Updated 11/14/2015

 
 By Alvin Favel    Life Story

Tale of a Young Neechee

Once upon a time, there was a young Neechee who thought he knew it all. He would boast about his good grades in school and how he made the honor roll many times for his great achiev... — Updated 11/14/2015

 

My Hometown

My hometown village wasn't much to brag about-no roads, no cars, no airport, no fast food restaurants or movie theatre. All we had was an outdoor toilet, a cozy home with family... — Updated 11/14/2015

 

Abandoned but not forsaken

Born in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan, almost on the border between Manitoba and Saskatchewan, it's so far north that if you go much further north, you'll hit the Northwest Territories. I... — Updated 09/10/2015

 

"Is that You, God?"

I am from a small town in South Dakota called Eagle Butte. I am a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Our tribe is back to back with the Standing Rock Indian. Reservation. So... — Updated 08/1/2015

 

I swore I would die before I'd...

Most of my life, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with Christianity, Christians or the Christian practice because of the historical oppression committed against Native/Indigenous... — Updated 08/1/2015

 

Pensmoke-The Outcast

My name is Michael Thomas but I also go by Pensmoke, the name I record my music under. I'm a rapper. I was born in the Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. I am of Gaduwa... — Updated 05/11/2015

 

My amazing adventure

My name is Crystal Steinhauer and I was born in Merritt, British Columbia, and grew up on the Coldwater Reserve. My parents are Faran and Vivian Steinhauer. My dad is from the Saddl... — Updated 03/15/2015

 

My Story: Beauty for Ashes

I've known dysfunction since I was a little girl. My mother was a loving, devoted Christian, but my father was a man haunted by his own scars, and those scars often filled our... — Updated 03/15/2015

 
 By KB Schaller    Life Story

Alaska's "Rosa Parks": Alberta Schenck (1928-2009)

Alberta Daisy Schenck was born in Nome, Alaska, to Albert Schenck, a Euro-American Army veteran of World War One, and Mary Pushruk-Schenck of Native Inupiat heritage. Although... — Updated 03/15/2015

 

A Warrior brave enough to face the challenge

Several years ago I attended a small United Methodist church in Michigan. I had just begun my work in Native American ministry. During that time frame I had an experience that... — Updated 01/17/2015

 

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