Native Americans at high risk for skin cancer

May 13, 2024

CHICAGO-A study published earlier this year by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dermatology shows that Indigenous Americans have the second-highest rates of skin cancer. The study draws on data from an Indian Health Service (IHS) population-based cancer registry from 1999-2019. Skin cancer, or melanoma, causes more than 9,000 deaths per year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, twice as many...

U.S., Canada put ban on salmon fishing in Yukon, Alaska

May 13, 2024

Whitehorse, YT-Indigenous people in Yukon and Alaska are celebrating a new chinook salmon management agreement between Canada and the U.S. On April 1, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) along with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) signed an agreement to rebuild chinook salmon stocks. The agreement places a moratorium on commercial, sport, domestic and personal fishing. The moratorium will be in place for seven years, which is the full life cycle of a chinook...

Cherokee Nation Wings Program keeps racers fit

May 13, 2024

TAHKEQUAH, Okla.—In late March, the Cherokee Nation Wings Program announced their line-up for 2024. The program schedules 17 races, which are 5K each, across Cherokee Nation Reservation. The The Wings program offers both in-person and virtual options for Cherokee Nation citizens and non-citizens to get active and stay healthy. All 5K race events are free for Wings members. “The Wings races provide a fun way for our citizens and employees to embrace an active lifestyle...

Children's village celebrates 20-year milestone

May 13, 2024

KINGSTON, Okla.—The Chickasaw Children's Village in Kingston, Oklahoma, recently celebrated 20 years of providing a safe and nurturing home-like environment for First American youth from kindergarten age through high school. The Chickasaw Children's Village is a place chosen by many Chickasaw families for students from first-graders to high school students to live while getting their education. The village offers a safe, nurturing environment, as well as developing...

Assembly of First Nations says $349B needed

May 14, 2024

OTTAWA, Ont.-The cost of closing the on-reserve infrastructure gap will top half a trillion dollars by 2040 unless the federal government acts now, the Assembly of First Nations says. In a recent report, the national advocacy organizaiton said that Canada must invest $349.2 billion now to make sure that First Nations will have access to similar infrastructure by 2030, in keeping with the government's ability to fulfill their public and federally mandated commitments to First...

What's Up with ILM?

May 13, 2024

With Council Fire Volume 2 just being received from the printer, we are busy beavers, as we work hard to fulfill customer requests. It is proving to be more sought after than we anticipated. We ordered 6000 copies of volume 1 and have less than 500 left! Now that volume 2 is moving along, and with summer coming our way, we are working hard at getting all contributions received for Council Fire Volume 3 before people start taking vacation and aren't thinking about writing...

NCAI advocates Indigenous participation in the U.N.

May 13, 2024

NEW YORK-In April, at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City last week, National Congress of American Indians President Mark Macarro gave a statement advocating for advanced participation of Indigenous Peoples. Enhanced Participation refers to a process Native Americans and other Indigenous leaders have been advocating for for over a century, beginning in 1923 with the League of Nations, that would put Indigenous leaders closer to...

Statue honors Indigenous and other D-Day troops

May 14, 2024

REGINA, Sask.—In April, The Royal Regina Rifles (RRR) unveiled a statue honoring troops who landed on the beaches at Normandy, France on D-Day-including the quarter of the regiment who were First Nations. Of the Indigenous soldiers in the RRR, most were from the Peepeekisis First Nation. "The contributions of Indigenous veterans have really been overlooked for a long time,"historian Kelsey Loney told APTN News. "We are so proud to include the Indigenous perspective on this...

Cree students pursue pre-nursing studies at home

May 14, 2024

MISTISSINI, Quebec-The Cree School Board, in collaboration with the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, has announced the launch of the Cree Springboard to Nursing program. This initiative will help Cree students get many of the prerequisites they need while studying from their home and community. The goal of the two-semester program is to recruit more Cree nurses to reach the needs of those who speak the Cree langauge and to offset nursing shortages across...

New health clinic opens for Indigenous in Montreal

May 13, 2024

MONTREAL, Que.-Montreal's regional health authority has partnered with Native Montreal, a friendship center, to create a new health clinic that will provide culturally safe care for Indigenous families living in the city. The clinic is starting small with a doctor available twice a week and two nurses on site, offering a range of front-line services from two exam rooms and three multi-pupose rooms. While the clinic has served around 100 people since the clinic started seeing...

First Nation to build largest solar farm in Canada

May 13, 2024

ANAHIM LAKE, British Columbia—The Ulkatcho First Nation has signed the papers and is set to build the largest off-grid solar farm in Canada. Located in British Columbia, the Ulkatcho First Nation and surrounding communities rely solely on diesel to heat, cook, and provide other power needed for their daily tasks. However, once built, the solar farm will span about 12 hectares (30 acres) and will supply up to 70 per cent of the electricity the communities need, according to...

States with high Native populations have lower health quality, study finds

May 13, 2024

NEW YORK-States with the largest Indigenous populations have the worst health system outcomes for Native people, according to a new study. The report, Advancing Racial Equity in U.S. Health Care: The Commonwealth Fund 2024 State Health Disparities Report, comes from the Common Wealth Fund, a private foundation that examines health care in the U.S. to advance equitable outcomes. The data it collected included information about access to quality care for Black, white,...

Construction begins on first Indigenous youth center in Calgary

May 14, 2024

CALGARY, Alb.—In March, the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY), a Calgary-based, Indigenous-led not-for-profit organization, celebrated the groundbreaking of the start of construction for the first Aboriginal youth centre in Calgary, which is a significant step towards supporting a vision of success for Indigenous youth now and for future generations. Until now, USAY, which was established in 1999, has been operating its programs for indigenous youth in Calgary out...

Coming Events

May 13, 2024

If you're attending these events, come by and meet us! If you would like ILM to participate in your event, contact Krystal at admin@IndianLife.org May 16-19: Native Youth Conference (NYC), Camp Nakamun, Alb. For details: www.nativeyouthco.org July 11-14: Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (NEFC) Annual General Conference, Regina Sk. For details:...

Best foot forward: Tucson farrier educates Native American communities on horseshoeing

Julia Schamko, Cronkite News | May 14, 2024

TUCSON—At 83 years old, George Goode describes every day as a "blessing" as he makes the two-hour commute to Sells to teach local Native Americans farrier education. It was 1972 when Goode started his horseshoeing school in Tucson. Over a half-century later, he retired and founded the nonprofit Native American Horse Education Foundation in hopes of bringing a new mindset to Indigenous communities. "Out of all the years and all the reservations in the United States, there...

In All Things

Gilbert Bekkatla | May 13, 2024

I grew up with nine brothers and four sisters in northwest Saskatchewan, near two communities-the First Nations Reserve at Dillon and the nearby Métis community of Buffalo Narrows, home to Denesuline, Cree and Caucasian people. My dad was a commercial fisherman and a trapper, and my mom and dad worked so hard for us. Being the oldest of the boys, at the age of nine, I started helping my dad, going out fishing with him. My dad was away from home quite a bit, working on big...

Buffalo Calf Road Woman, b. ca. 1844-1879

KB Schaller | May 14, 2024

It was not until 2005 that Northern Cheyenne storytellers broke their silence about what really happened at the Battle of The Little Big Horn-known mainly to Native Americans as the Battle of Greasy Grass, and to non-Natives as Custer's Last Stand. But it took more than a century before Buffalo Calf Road Woman, a Northern Cheyenne who was also known as Buffalo Calf Trail Woman-was revealed as the Native American heroine who played a pivotal role in the conflict's ending....

Thirsting of the Soul

Becky Kew | May 14, 2024

Have you ever watched deer enjoying refreshing streams of water? Living creatures in the animal kingdom experience a compelling yearning for water driven by their thirst. But humans, who are also part of God's creation, are also familiar with this yearning for water. Water satisfies and hits the spot. It brings life to our tired bodies and revives us. Without water, we die! Deep inside our beings, we have an emptiness that thirsts for fulfillment. Many people seek to quench...

The Council Speaks

Mark Little Elk and Milly Jackson | May 14, 2024

Question: I have a friend who's an inmate. She accepted Jesus while being incarcerated and will be getting out soon. She's afraid that she'll fall and go back to her old life when she gets out. Any suggestions that I can pass on? Answer: First off, just let me say, "Praise God!" Your friend's story is a beautiful reminder that Jesus still saves; there isn't a concrete wall thick enough to shut out His light. I understand the emotions your friend is experiencing. Before I...

  • Bison Meatballs

    May 14, 2024

    2 tbsp. cooking fat or oil (some Indigenous chefs prefer duck fat) 1/2 c. diced red onion 2 tbsp. tomato paste 1 c. wild rice 1/2 c. dried cranberries 1 tbsp. steak seasoning 2 lb. raw ground bison salt (optional) Chopped fresh herbs (optional) 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray baking sheet with cooking oil or use aluminum foil on it for a bit more crisp. 2. Cook the wild rice. 3. Heat oil and over medium heat, cook onions until they're soft. 4. Add tomato paste to the onions...

  • How to Use a Daily Devotional

    May 14, 2024

    1. Prepare. While the Council Fire daily devotional is a handy size that you can carry and read anywhere-and some days you may do that-we suggest you make it part of a special time with the Lord. If at all possible, it's good to choose the same time each day so you can get into a routine (it only takes three weeks to develop a habit!). Try to choose a time when you will not face as many interruptions, and take steps to limit distractions (like turning off your phone or...