First Indigenous premier includes Christian, First Nations elements in ceremony

WINNIPEG, Manitoba-On October 18, Wabanakwut "Wab" Kinew was sworn in as Manitoba's 25th premier-and as the first First Nations premier of a Canadian province. During the... — Updated 12/1/2023

Arizona teens share passions with others at White House Tribal Youth Forum

WASHINGTON-Gabriella Nakai said she has tackled the challenges facing Indigenous communities on her own, but that being surrounded by others who share her passion makes the load a... — Updated 12/1/2023

ILM banquet celebrates another year of ministry

In late October, Indian Life Ministries hosted a conference in Winnipeg for all those who support, or are interested in supporting, the outreach of ILM. The banquet was attended by... — Updated 12/1/2023

IHS awards $1.5 million to address alzheimer's disease on World Alzheimer's Day

WASHINGTON-On World Alzheimer's Day in September, the Indian Health Service reaffirmed its commitment to building tribal and urban Indian health system capacity to address... — Updated 12/1/2023

Hopi leader tells panel financial hurdles put aid out of reach

WASHINGTON-The chairman of the Hopi tribe told a Senate panel Wednesday that promises of federal funding remain just that-promises-for smaller tribes for whom the money is... — Updated 12/1/2023

Oklahoma tribes, IHS, state and area communities work together on American rescue plan water projects

TULSA, Okla.-Oklahoma tribes, the state of Oklahoma, Indian Health Service (IHS) and communities are working together utilizing American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds in a unified... — Updated 12/1/2023

Every Story Matters . . . including Yours

On September 15–17, 2023, Indian Life Ministries held their 2023 conference in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Cliff Bird provided keynote addresses, while Kene and Milly Jackson... — Updated 12/1/2023

New Juvenile Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Program finishes first cohort

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-The Cherokee Nation Department of Juvenile Justice is empowering tribal youth to cope with and overcome their substance and alcohol-related use as well as other... — Updated 12/1/2023

Tribal housing project breaks ground on reclaimed 1796 Treaty lands

AKWESASNE-The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe announced that construction has started on the first tribal housing units on reacquired treaty lands-a major step forward in providing... — Updated 12/1/2023

New federal funding to revitalize, promote Native languages

WASHINGTON-In mid-October, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chair of the... — Updated 12/1/2023

Mary L. Smith

The American Bar Association (ABA) made history in 2023 when it installed Mary L. Smith as its first ever female Native American president. Prior to Smith's election to the... — Updated 12/1/2023

Choosing to Believe

Although I am a member of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in north-central Saskatchewan, I didn't grow up there. My mother, Noreen, was from Ahtahkakoop, and my father, Donald, from... — Updated 12/1/2023

Faith or Control

During this time of year, we prepare our hearts for the Christmas season. The Christmas story will be told all over the world thousands, if not millions of times during the month... — Updated 12/1/2023

Where Does My Help Come From?

I like writing about butterflies and the wonders of water and light, but to do so right now in the midst of wars and misery seems more like someone avoiding reality and escaping... — Updated 12/1/2023

Adoption Ink

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"-1 John 3:1, NIV Jimmy was pretty young when his single mom... — Updated 12/1/2023

Letters from Our Readers

As we were driving through the Canadian Prairies, my husband picked up the Intertribal Life paper somewhere. Today, I am resting with a cold and had time to read the paper. There... — Updated 12/1/2023

No Laughing Matter

I tossed. I turned. I flipped. Nothing helped. I could not fall back to sleep. I wasn't sleepy, and I had just finished a nice dream, so I knew I had slept for a little while,... — Updated 12/1/2023

Science of a Smile

How is your smile? I've been reading about the benefits of a good one. And the riches of turning a frown upside down. Apparently it takes 22 of our 42 facial muscles to smile and... — Updated 12/1/2023

Healing the Heart Through Tears

I've just finished going through an eight-year journey with my daughter, who recently passed away at the age of 22. She was diagnosed with cancer when she was 15, but after... — Updated 12/1/2023

And a Very Merry Christmas to You!

The very word "Christmas" either brings a smile to our faces or stabs our hearts with a sword. It is both the best time and the worst time of the year. If we are fortunate enough... — Updated 12/1/2023

Indigenous Cooking

Want to make something special for the holidays? We've pulled a recipe from Intertribal Life's former food columnist, Dale Carson, out of our archives. On cold winter days I always... — Updated 12/1/2023

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