Assembly of First Nations says $349B needed

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... — Updated 5/14/2024

NCAI advocates Indigenous participation in the U.N.

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... — Updated 5/13/2024

What's Up with ILM?

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... — Updated 5/13/2024

First Nation to build largest solar farm in Canada

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... — Updated 5/13/2024

Children's village celebrates 20-year milestone

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... — Updated 5/13/2024

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

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... — Updated 5/13/2024

Native Americans at high risk for skin cancer

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... — Updated 5/13/2024

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

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... — Updated 5/13/2024

Cree students pursue pre-nursing studies at home

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... — Updated 5/14/2024

Cherokee Nation Wings Program keeps racers fit

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... — Updated 5/13/2024

In All Things

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... — Updated 5/13/2024

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

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... — Updated 5/14/2024

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

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... — Updated 5/14/2024

The Council Speaks

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... — Updated 5/14/2024

Directors' Corner

When I was walking into our local grocery store the other day, a man was approaching the entrance from the opposite direction. Seeing him look towards the parking lot, I did the... — Updated 5/13/2024

Stealing the Light

All the animals and creatures in the forest were happy. Except one. The Koga bird was the most beautiful bird that had ever existed-it was pure white; it had magnificent wings and... — Updated 5/14/2024

God's Dream

For years I've written about our awesome Creator, but sometimes I wonder how much truth sinks into my own heart. It seems that enjoying a tasty meal with all of its flavors or... — Updated 5/14/2024

Thirsting of the Soul

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... — Updated 5/14/2024

Good Riddance

Do you have some bad memories? Embarrassing moments? Anything you'd like to forget? Maybe it was the time you put both contact lenses into the same eye. Or that day your twin... — Updated 5/14/2024

Clinging to The Calling

"The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who... — Updated 5/13/2024

4th annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit honors ASU student with Youth Tribal Leadership Award

PHOENIX—The fourth annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit, held on April 13, awarded a Youth Tribal Leadership Award to a college student whose interest in learning... — Updated 5/14/2024

Lakota youth enjoy prom-preparation program

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D-In late March, Lakota youth aged 12-18 gathered at the Cheyenne River Youth Project's Čhokáta Wičhóni (Center of Life) teen center for the nonprofit... — Updated 5/14/2024

Chickasaw Teen Excels at Lighthorse Police Youth Academy

ADA, Okla.-In many ways, 16-year-old Tony Carter is just like his Ardmore, Okla. High School classmates. He loves to attend sporting events and rodeos with his family and sit... — Updated 5/14/2024

Bison Meatballs

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.... — Updated 5/14/2024

How to Use a Daily Devotional

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... — Updated 5/14/2024

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