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Billy Graham, who called Native Americans a "sleeping giant," dead at 99

Kansas City, Mo.-On February 21, evangelist William Franklin (Billy) Graham died at 99 years old, in his Montreat, N.C. home. In 60 years of ministry, Graham preached to an... — Updated 3/16/2018


First Nations represented well in the Olympics

OTTAWA, Ont.-During the February 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Indigenous youth from Canada were well represented by these athletes: Spencer O'Brien One of the world's... — Updated 3/16/2018

 By Jim Uttley    News

Winnipeg has largest Indigenous population in Canada

WINNIPEG, Man.-What Canadian city has the largest Indigenous population? According to a recent report from Statistics Canada, Winnipeg has the largest number with 92,810 people who... — Updated 1/3/2018


Advocates worry FCC changes to Lifeline could hit Indian Country hard

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully... — Updated 1/3/2018


Bear Ears Monument remains controversial

Bear Ears Monument in Utah remains in the middle of controversy. The state of Utah has submitted maps to the Interior Department that show Bear Ears National Monument cut in size fr... — Updated 11/16/2017


Aboriginals in Canada increasing four times faster than population

According to Canada's 2016 Census, the indigenous population of the country is growing at four times the rate of the rest of the population. Nearly 1.7 million people identified as... — Updated 11/16/2017


Senators introduce resolution to honor Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON-Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), led a bipartisan group of 21 senators in... — Updated 11/16/2017


Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship

MUSKOGEE, OK-The descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation are entitled to tribal citizenship, a federal judge ruled in a long-running controversy that has... — Updated 10/5/2017


Trudeau tells UN of plans to improve indigenous lives

OTTAWA—In a speech to the United Nations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada has let down its 1.4 million indigenous people and that his government would do better to improve their lives. When the prime minister was... — Updated 10/5/2017


Exciting times at Indian Life Ministries

In an answer to much prayer (and a long-time prayer), Intertribal Christian Communications (Indian Life Ministries) and Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Inc., form a new partnership. For many years, ILM staff and Board... — Updated 10/5/2017


Canada celebrates National Aboriginal Day with dances, songs, and speeches

Eight Canadian cities hosted concerts from Halifax to Montreal, Toronto to Winnipeg, Calgary to Edmonton, Yellowknife to Vancouver. Performers included Metis Don Amero and Rick... — Updated 7/15/2017


Supreme Court landmark ruling against opponents of racist NFL mascot

WASHINGTON, DC-A landmark decision from the U.S. Supreme Court threatens the long-running case against the Washington NFL team's racist mascot. A group of young Native activists,... — Updated 7/15/2017


Dakota Access faces fines for disturbing artifacts

BISMARK, ND—The North Dakota Public Service Commission has scheduled a hearing to discuss the disturbance of tribal artifacts during construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. According to the commission, the firm waited too... — Updated 7/15/2017



Five students graduated from the Master of Arts in International Studies from George Fox University under the NAIITS program. Congratulations to Jim Sequeira, Linda Rae Coon,... — Updated 5/12/2017


Budget targets $3.4B for "critical" needs of Indigenous communities

OTTAWA, ON-The Canadian government announced it is increasing its spending on post-secondary education, community infrastructure and the health of Indigenous people in the most... — Updated 5/12/2017


Cobell scholarship fund hits critical milestone

WASHINGTON, DC-The United States Department of the Interior has hit a crucial milestone. It has transferred a total of $60 million to the Cobell Scholarship Fund, which was... — Updated 5/12/2017


Kinew to run for Manitoba NDP leadership

WINNIPEG, MB-Member of the Legislature (MLA) Wab Kinew has thrown his hat in the ring to become the leader of the Manitoba New Democratic Party (NDP). Joined by family, friends,... — Updated 5/12/2017


Court rules in favor of '60s Scoop survivors

TORONTO, ON-After a long eight-year wait, a landmark decision has finally been reached that will have a profound effect on thousands of children who were taken from their homes and... — Updated 3/13/2017


Wisconsin Congresswoman and Tribal leader stand together to strength VAWA

WASHINGTON, DC-Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) invited former Tulalip Tribal Board Member Deborah Parker from Washington State to join her in the House of Representatives to... — Updated 3/13/2017


Hope lost for setting Leonard Peltier free

COLEMAN, FL-Family and supporters of Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison, were devastated when former U.S. President Barack Obama chose not to pardon or... — Updated 3/13/2017


Standing Rock water protectors wait and see after "huge" victory

CANNONBALL, ND-When the announcement was made in early December to block the Dakota Access pipeline, it was like an early Christmas gift from the United States government.... — Updated 2/27/2017


Canada to spend $500 million on high-speed Internet access for First Nations reserves

OTTAWA, ON-Canada is investing up to $500 million to bring high-speed internet access to 300 remote communities by 2021. Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains stated that the "Connect... — Updated 1/9/2017


Unknown committee plans "monumental change" to the way Canada funds First Nations

OTTAWA, ON-There is a plan in the works that is going to transform the way the Canadian government deals with Indigenous peoples. If things go according to hopes and planning, it... — Updated 1/9/2017


White House announces almost $500M going to tribes

WASHINGTON, DC-At President Barack Obama's final White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, he announced that his administration will pay 17 Native American tribes a... — Updated 11/14/2016


Southwest abuse victims face continued abuse

GALLUP, NM—“Spotlight: A Public Discussion about Faith, Journalism, and Protecting Children from Sex Abuse” was held on September 24 at Gallup’s El Morro Theatre. The event was held in conjunction with two free screenings... — Updated 11/14/2016


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