Native woman makes fashion opportunities

Denver, Colo.- Kelly Holmes was 20 years old and unable to get regular jobs as a fashion model, she felt, because of her Native American heritage. She was told on occasion that her... — Updated 4/5/2019

President's 2020 budget proposes $936.3 million for Bureau of Indian Education, separate from Bureau of Indian Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In March, President Donald Trump proposed a $936.3 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).... — Updated 4/5/2019

Videos designed to educate about Indigenous history and culture

WINNEPEG, Man.-The University of Winnipeg has launched a flexible, innovative, national education program that supports organizations seeking to understand and respond to the Truth... — Updated 4/5/2019

Cherokee Nation diabetes program receives national acclaim

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-The Cherokee Nation Diabetes Prevention Program is receiving national recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its efforts aimed at... — Updated 4/5/2019

REDress Project reminds nation of crime against Indigenous women

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Thirty empty red dresses hang near the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., within view of the National Mall and U.S. Capitol. For the first... — Updated 4/5/2019

Albuquerque becomes first American city to recognize tribal sovereignty by establishing government-to-government relations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-Following a unanimous vote of the Albuquerque, New Mexico city council to pass a bill amending the originating ordinance of the Commission on American Indian and... — Updated 4/5/2019

Salish school focuses on language interaction

SPOKANE, Wash.-According to linguists, languages not learned by children in the traditional way, passed on from one generation to the next, are doomed to extinction. Unless, of... — Updated 4/5/2019

Canada forgives treaty claim debt

OTTAWA, Ont.—Indigenous groups across Canada carrying millions in dollars of debt from negotiating treaty claims will soon have that debt erased. The federal government announced... — Updated 4/5/2019

Landmark ruling in favor of Yakama Nation treaty rights

YAKAMA NATION, Wash.-The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling recently in favor of Yakama Nation treaty rights. The Court agreed with the Washington Supreme Court that the... — Updated 4/5/2019

Glooscap First Nation acquires Yarmouth Bar Fisheries and SeaKist Lobster

GLOOSCAP FIRST NATION, MI'KMAQ TERRITORY, NS-The Government of Canada The Government of Canada is working in partnership with First Nations to support community-driven economic... — Updated 4/5/2019

Reimagining the rich tradition of indigenous storytelling

DURHAM, N.C.-Like many indigenous people in Canada, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's family was disconnected from the practices of their ancestors. But as a young adult, Simpson, who... — Updated 4/5/2019

I Took the Gift and Ran

A miracle. That's how a person could describe my life. It's miraculous that I even survived my first day on earth. My mother didn't want me so the midwife took and wrapped me in... — Updated 4/5/2019

Moscelyne Larkin

Born in Miami, Oklahoma, (Edna) Moscelyne Larkin was one of the distinguished Native American ballerinas from Oklahoma dubbed "The Five Moons." She was the only daughter of a... — Updated 4/5/2019

Native American student teaches self-defense

MESA-With kicks, blocks and twists of the wrist, 16-year-old Kylie Hunts-in-Winter is teaching Native American boys and girls to stay safe. Her defense classes have a mission: to... — Updated 4/5/2019

Anishinaabe man's journey emulates that of Indigenous old-timers

Winnipeg, Man.-Timothy Lawrence Coughlan is no stranger to adventure. As UWinnipeg's Aboriginal recruiter, Coughlan, who is an Anishinaabe from Bloodvein First Nation, has clocked... — Updated 4/5/2019

Native Cooking

Dear Alnobak (friends), I am sitting in front of my computer screen and watching the snow fall out the window just behind it. It is so beautiful but only because it is the first... — Updated 4/5/2019

The Legend of the Rabbit and the Deer

An old Cherokee legend tells the story of how what we want isn't always what is best for us. A long time ago, all the animals lived together in peace. Since they all lived in... — Updated 4/5/2019

Healing the Heart through Forgiveness

In the Gospel of Luke there is a story of a woman who was looked down upon as a sinner, yet she gave all she had to Jesus, sobbing on His feet, wiping them with her hair and... — Updated 4/5/2019

Walking to health

Walking has never been one of my favorite pastimes. Give me a bike any day! After a knee sprain several years ago, the doctor prescribed a walking/bike program to help strengthen... — Updated 4/5/2019

Do You Carry Baggage?

Have you ever been to an airport and watched people with their luggage? They are weighed down and some really struggle-pushing carts with four or five pieces piled up or pulling... — Updated 4/5/2019

The Council Speaks

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Closet Monkey

One summer night during a thunderstorm a mother was tucking her son into bed. He asked in a trembling voice, "Will you stay with me all night?" She gave him a warm, reassuring hug... — Updated 4/5/2019

God's Seed Plan

One of my favorite memories is of going to 4-H camp. Meals at camp seemed extra special. We began meals with this song: The Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord for giving... — Updated 4/5/2019

Editorial Viewpoint

A couple years back, about a week before Easter, a fellow musician shared with me this viewpoint on Easter Sunday. I’d like to pass it on to you. Read on. He said, “I don’t... — Updated 4/5/2019

A Cracker and Fruit Punch

One morning, I was taken to the phlebotomist. My doctor had ordered blood tests, and three full tubes of blood were being demanded of me. My arms' veins cooperated nicely, the... — Updated 4/5/2019

Letters from our readers

I’m currently incarcerated at Algoma Treatment Remand Centre. I have said the prayer in the Indian Life newspaper. I have surrendered my life over to Jesus. Thank you. I come from Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways, located in... — Updated 4/5/2019

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