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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


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 organization's 24th annual Passion for Fashion event. Called Wa... — Updated 5/14/2024


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


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 with the Lord. If at all possible, it's good to... — Updated 5/14/2024


Construction begins on first Indigenous youth center in Calgary

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 c... — Updated 5/14/2024

 By Julia Schamko    Life Story 

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 w... — Updated 5/14/2024

 By KB Schaller    Life Story 

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

 By Phil Callaway    Viewpoint 

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


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


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 under a shade tree with his grandpa when the weather is... — Updated 5/14/2024


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 disabilities and her own speech disorder led her to s... — Updated 5/14/2024


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 youth from kindergarten age through high school. The C... — Updated 5/13/2024


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 R... — 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 Narrows,... — 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 ant... — Updated 5/13/2024


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 sam... — Updated 5/13/2024


Coming Events

If you're attending these events, come by and meet us! If you would like ILM to participate in your event, contact Krystal at May 16-19: Native Youth... — Updated 5/13/2024

 By Kene Jackson    Viewpoint 

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


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 U.S. Health Care: The Commonwealth Fund 2024 State... — Updated 5/13/2024


New health clinic opens for Indigenous in Montreal

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... — 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


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 Ulkatcho First Nation and surrounding communities rely s... — Updated 5/13/2024


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 gave... — 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


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