Articles from the January 10, 2016 edition


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  • Do you ever wonder why?

    Becky Kew|Updated Jan 17, 2016

    A few days ago, I was watching a video of a beautiful horse named Daisy. She had somehow fallen in a well. Her back legs were trapped and the only thing sticking out of the well was the front half of her legs, her head and a portion of her neck. She was helpless and without strength to get herself out of the pit she was in. If it wasn't for the backhoe and skilled operator, Daisy would have died. It was amazing to watch as the back hoe lifted such a magnificent creature up and...

  • Shoal Lake's Freedom Road to become reality

    Updated Jan 17, 2016

    SHOAL LAKE, ON-The residents of Shoal Lake 40 First Nations got an early Christmas present. Well, it's more a promise of one to come in the first part of the New Year. After many years of political discussions, broken promises, and outright refusal to commit, Canada's government agreed to pay for one-third of the cost of building an all-weather road to the Shoal Lake First Nation. This decision and the eventual completion of the road will bring to a close many years of...

  • The Right Fish

    Phil Callaway|Updated Jan 16, 2016

    My son has been single for 29 years. Since flying from our nest he has kept a fairly clean house, done his laundry and become adept at cooking. Although he does show up at our house often just to gaze into the fridge and drool. But a grown man can only eat so much of his Mother's lasagna before she sends him out to pasture. He lost weight in the pasture and began considering marriage. Before long, he had more dates than a palm tree. They came from online dating services,...

  • Mississippi Mud Pies

    Sue Carlisle|Updated Jan 16, 2016

    I kept repeating it in my head: Mississippi mud pies, Mississippi mud pies. I encouraged my brain: you know these words; you know how to say them; you can do it. I whispered them to myself: mmmm iissss iissss iipppii mmmud ppiess. A tear rolled down my cheek, and the doctor admitted me. I heard a nurse tell another nurse that they had room for me in the closet. It was a little nicer than that. There were no windows in the little V-shaped room; it had no TV or wall light like a...

  • I ate a bug

    Crying Wind|Updated Jan 16, 2016

    I ate a bug—not just any bug. I ate a roach. The memory still makes me shiver. My friend, Francis, was one of those people who just never seemed to get a break. When she was young she was taller than the other kids so she slumped and developed humped shoulders. She had crooked teeth that her parents never had the money to fix and she had to wear thick glasses. I don’t think she ever had a date. She lived at home with her parents until she was 40 and she worked as a teller in...

  • Healing our Nation by Words and Actions

    Parry Stelter|Updated Jan 16, 2016

    Faith and words go together like bannock and moose meat. You can’t have one without the other. Many times we treat people that are rich better than the poor because we are trying to get in their good books or we are hoping, we can at some time get a favor from them. Many times, as followers of Jesus, we like to give encouraging words but we don’t always have some sort of action or solution to go with those words and this is a not a good thing. We might feel good about our...

  • Learning to love and accept myself helped me overcome fear

    Helen Worm|Updated Jan 16, 2016

    i'm Cree and I was born on the Kawacatoose First Nation near Quentin, Saskatchewan. My dad was born in 1923 and my mother in 1930. My parents went to Residential School for eight years. I also went to a residential school for three years, just 15 miles east of where I lived. My parents didn't learn much at the school as they had to work most of the time. Their job was to keep the school clean. The school was run by the Roman Catholic Church and it was very strict. As so many I...

  • 2016: Acknowledge Past Wrongs and Move Forward into the Light

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    What a year 2015 was. With its highs and lows, good and evil, many are glad that we have closed the door on one of the most volatile years in recent memory. As we stepped across the threshold of a new year, there was a lot of fear, anxiety, and yes, trembling. Not only are we confronted with the fear of the unknown but also we're trying to do battle against what Judith Herman calls "The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud...."1 There are those who say that we must forget the...

  • Worth Reading

    Review by Carla McKay|Updated Jan 16, 2016

    by Jane Kirkpatrick Revell, Baker Publishing Group Softcover 320 pages This is the story of three women-Letitia, a freed slave, Nancy, who leaves the life she loves to follow her husband to the West Coast, and Betsy, a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of the proud tribe in the Willamette Valley. I like this book because it tells the incredible story of these three women who went through life on a treacherous west-bound journey by wagon train. This is based on a true story....

  • Whurlgurl's wisdom

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    DK: Such gorgeous art! Introduce yourself to us please. SCB: My Name is Sabrina Cote-Brooks I am from Cote First Nation which is in Saskatchewan, Canada. I am proud to be an Ojibwe/Saulteaux woman. I am happily married with three children and I am a new grandmother. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from my grandparents who lived a traditional lifestyle; they instilled many of the morals, values, and cultural beliefs in me at a young age. I grew up with...

  • Youth leaders receive coveted human rights awards

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    WINNIPEG, MB-Manitoba's human rights organizations honored Indigenous youth in Winnipeg's North End who, as a group, are working together to bring about reconciliation. The Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, gave their 2015 Commitment Award to Aboriginal Youth Opportunities "Meet Me at the Bell Tower" at the Union Centre on Broadway in conjunction with International Human Rights Day....

  • Creator's Fire

    Jim Uttley|Updated Jan 16, 2016

    The fact that you are alive and reading this at this moment is proof that Creator has a plan and purpose for your life. God put you on a path. Perhaps you aren’t walking on that path and maybe you don’t even know what that path is. But He has a path and He will show you. As the wolf is a hunter and provider, so our men need to provide for their families and give them knowledge. We just celebrated Winter Solstice. Non-Native people call this day—the first day of winter—as the shortest day. Indigenous people of the North think... Full story

  • The Zoo Cage Prophet

    Adrian G. Torres|Updated Jan 16, 2016

    "Down, down! Everyone on the yard, down!” came the voice screaming over the loud speakers. Sirens wailing, officers running from every direction, straight toward us. Minutes before this event took place, ten brothers in Jesus and I had gathered on the grassy area of the yard, in a circle. We were about to start our small group Bible study. As we began to open up in prayer, we could hear two men directly behind us, arguing over something. “Father,” I started the prayer. “As w...

  • A Living Legacy

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    DAVIS, OK-Irene Pettigrew Digby is a living legacy. She celebrated 94 years on earth in 2015 and it is apparent she has sown her Chickasaw heritage, tradition and culture to her family and community-to cultivate her Native culture so it will live on through the younger generations. From teaching time-honored traditional recipes, to daily practice of the Chickasaw language; the petite, soft-spoken family matriarch strives to keep Chickasaw culture and heritage flourishing by...

  • Chickasaw Veterans Pay Respects at the Tomb of the Unknowns

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC-Hundreds of visitors stood in still silence at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery on a cool, overcast day as three Chickasaw veterans stepped out to lay a wreath at the tomb. Marked by the words "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God," the tomb has become a significant place to honor all those who have died in service to their country. Jerry Tyson of San Antonio, Joe Orr of Frederick, Oklahoma and Johnny Swinney...

  • Bemidji State's summer immersion camp wins national honor

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    BEMIDJI, MN-Bemidji State University's Ojibwe Language Summer Camp-Ojibwemowin Niibinishi Gabeshi -which offers a unique opportunity for students to become immersed in the Ojibwe culture, has won the Innovative Award for Non-Credit Programs from the North American Association of Summer Sessions. Jan Yopp, the association's committee chair for creative and innovative awards, said Ojibwemowin Niibinishi Gabeshi was recognized for "its impact on students and adaptability for...

  • Red Lake High School students meet Chelsea Clinton

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN-A Bemidji State University staff member and two high school students from Red Lake, Minnesota, met Chelsea Clinton at a signing of her new book, "It's Your World" on November 20, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The signing was at the Red Balloon Bookshop at 891 Grant Avenue. Clinton's book includes a mention of Girls Who Code, a non-profit program meant to inspire high-school aged girls to learn computing and coding skills and, ultimately, increase the number of women...

  • Four Members of Parliament affirm Indigenous Peoples in historic oath of office

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    OTTAWA, ON—Four members elected in Canada’s recent election, recognized the treaties signed between Indigenous Peoples and the Crown since 1701. MPs Pierre Nantel, Romeo Saganash, Georgina Jolibois and Niki Ashton chose to recognize in their Oath of Allegiance in Parliament the treaties signed with Indigenous nations. After giving the oath outlined in the Constitution, MP Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, and Niki Ashton (Churchill) pledged the following oath: “And, I solemnly affirm that, in the carryi...

  • Yup'ik Bible published and now available

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    BETHEL, AK (CCNS)-It has been more than 60 years in the making, but the Yup'ik-speaking people of the Southwestern Arctic now have the complete Bible in their own language, thanks to the help of the Canadian Bible Society. Yup'ik is the Aboriginal Inuit language of people who reside in western and south central Alaska. Written with the Latin alphabet, translation work on the Yup'ik New Testament was completed in the mid-1950s; work on the Old Testament began in the early 1970s...

  • Manitoba announces "Monumental" policy change for Indigenous youth in CFS

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    WINNIPEG, MB-A new provincial law will broaden the province's advocacy of children who are in the care of Child and Family Services (CFS) in Manitoba. Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross made the announcement in the company of First Nations leaders and acting assistant deputy minister for Family Services at the legislature in Manitoba's capital. "We are stepping aside...this is the next days of devolution," Minister Irvin-Ross stated at a press conference in December...

  • TRC issues final report

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    OTTAWA, ON-After six years of grueling research, hours of emotional sharing, and months of writing, Justice Murray Sinclair presented the Truth and Reconciliation's final report on Canada's residential school system. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated in his speech before the assembly that his government will do over and above what the TRC recommendations call for. "We need nothing less than a total renewal of the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples," Trudeau...

  • Mille Lacs makes huge hotel purchase

    Updated Jan 16, 2016

    ONAMIA, MN-Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures (MLCV) today announced it has expanded its hospitality footprint with the purchase of the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park, MN. The hotel marks the fourth major hotel asset purchased by MLCV in the past three years. The 297-room DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place is a profitable, turn-key investment for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and a strategic expansion of its holdings in the Greater MSP...

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