Articles from the January 15, 2024 edition


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  • Directors' Corner

    Todd and Krystal Wawryzniak, ILM director team|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    I went for a massage one week before Christmas. What I thought would be an hour of relaxation turned into an hour of experiencing the sharpest fingers I had ever felt. OK, his fingers weren't literally sharp, but if you've ever gone for a deep tissue massage, you know how "sharp" those fingers can be. The masseur said he felt some tense muscles in my hip and said he could get rid of those knots if I allowed him to "get in there" and work them out. I agreed and spent the next 4...

  • First Nations woman appointed Quebec lieutenant-governor

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    OTTAWA, Ont.-Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Manon Jeannotte, as the new lieutenant-governor of Quebec. Jeannotte is from the Mi'kmaq First Nation of Gespeg. "Manon Jeannotte has dedicated her career to advancing Indigenous peoples' well-being and making a real difference in the life of our communities," said Prime Minister Trudeau. "I am confident she will continue to make significant contributions and inspire people in Quebec and across Canada in her new role."...

  • Fear Not

    Crying Wind|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    The phrase "Fear not" appears in the Bible many times. It is strange that God has to remind us constantly not to be afraid. The Almighty God of the Universe loves us, and yet we are constantly afraid of a thousand things that might or might not happen. We need constant assurance that God loves us and is watching over us. When my children were small, I often held them on my lap and read the Bible to them. We lived on a farm in Oklahoma, and there were thunderstorms and tornadoe...

  • National chief of Assembly of First Nations elected

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    OTTAWA, Ont.-Cindy Woodhouse has been elected as the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). "I am honoured that the chiefs-in-assembly have placed their trust in me to lead the Assembly of First Nations," said Woodhouse. "My commitment to them is to advocate on behalf of all our communities and to improve life for all First Nations. That advocacy starts with accountability, transparency and dialogue. I look forward to working alongside the AFN executive...

  • Abandoned, then accepted

    Selena Smith|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    My testimony is really that with God all things are possible. Without God, I would never be able to do any of the things that I'm doing today. A lot of my story has to do with the struggles I faced as a young girl growing up with abandonment and addiction in my family from generation to generation. I have lost a sister to addictions, and my mother is in addiction. I've never known my father. I am the oldest, and my three siblings and I were all separated into foster care. My...

  • Choctaw Nation breaks ground for aviation technology center

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    Durant, Okla.—The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Emerging Aviation Technology Center (EATC) in October 2023. The state-of-the-art facility, located near Redden, Okla. will serve as a hub for cutting-edge research, development, testing, and evaluation for crewed and uncrewed aerial system technologies. City, state and federal officials, including Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, OAC State Director of Aeronautics Grayson Ardies, and members of the Federal Aviation Administration as w...

  • Peacekeeper program launched in N.B.

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    MI'GMAG'I, N.B.-In December, fourteen people from Mi'kmaw communities across New Brunswick became part of the inaugural cohort of Mi'gmaq Peacekeeping, Inc., an advocacy group that represents eight Mi'kmaw communities. They are now serving seven Mi'kmaw communities across New Brunswick, with the goal of providing an alternative to enforcement-based and conventional policing methods. "This is a huge milestone for these individuals and our communities," said Chief George...

  • Tribe expresses concern about offshore wind energy development

    Morgan Gaines|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    COOS BAY, OREGON-In November, the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians passed a resolution opposing offshore wind energy development off the Oregon Coast. The resolution corresponds with the deadline for comments on the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management ("BOEM") two draft Wind Energy Areas ("WEAs") for development of wind energy in areas near Florence and Brookings. "The Tribe has not taken a position for offshore...

  • New Barbie honors Cherokee Nation legend

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-In November, toy company Mattel released a Barbie doll representing the life of Cherokee legend, Wilma Mankiller. Mattel released the doll as part of their "Inspiring Women" series, commemorating her lifelong advocacy for Native and women's rights. In addition to the doll's release, Barbie is donating $25,000 to The American Indian Resources Center, aimed at supporting initiatives dedicated to empowering Indigenous women and girls and fostering preservation....

  • The award-winning 'Covenant of the Salmon People' now streaming on PBS

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    LAPWAI, Idaho-The Nez Perce Tribe's award-winning documentary, "Covenant of the Salmon People," has made such a media impact that it is now available through streaming, online, and at various PBS stations. The documentary covers the life and activities of the Nez Perce Tribe as they carry out their centuries-long promise to protect Chinook salmon, the main food source that has historically sustained the people of the tribe. The film covers the commitment the tribe has to save...

  • USDA announces new resources at White House Tribal Youth Summit

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-More than 100 Native American youth attended the 2023 White House Tribal Youth Summit in early November. At the event, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new resources to inspire Native American youth to explore Indigenous foodways and knowledge and highlight career paths at USDA and beyond. These efforts are part of USDA's commitment to empowering tribal self-determination and bringing Indigenous perspectives into agriculture, food, and...

  • Indigenous youth find rewards in student-directed music program

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    WHITEHORSE, Yukon-Indigenous students in Whitehorse are enjoying a new program that they, themselves, drive-instead of adults. A new music program that lets students guide their lessons is offering a pressure-free way for Indigenous youth to engage with music classes. The New Music Education North runs four nights a week out of the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse. The after-school classes are free with transportation and meals provided. The instructors, some of the...

  • Chickasaw Media student wins Heartland Emmy Award

    Chickasaw National Media Relations office|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    ADA, Okla.-While she was a student, Paige Orr received an award that inspired a change in her choice of a dream career. "My dream was to be on camera and make videos or be an ESPN sideline reporter, but I've realized I have a knack for being the one behind the camera," said Orr, who received a Heartland Emmy Award this year for her public service announcement for the Stillwater Public Library. Orr of Frederick, Oklahoma, grew up with an adoration for the spotlight, singing in...

  • Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (NEFC)

    Jody Dickson|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    We at Indian Life Ministries partner with many ministries across North America that, like us, seek to help restore hope, healing, and honor among Indigenous people in North America. One of these ministries we partner with is NEFC. Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (NEFC) is an independent, Indigenous Native church society that was officially established in 1971. Now, 52 years later, the original founders of NEFC have passed the baton of ministry onto the second- and...

  • University makes supported tuition available for tribe members

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    MADISON, Wisc.-Beginning in the fall of 2024, the University of Wisconsin–Madison will offer financial support to cover the full cost of pursuing an undergraduate degree for Wisconsin residents who are enrolled members of federally recognized Wisconsin Native American tribes. The commitment covers not only tuition and fees but also housing, meals, books and other educational expenses. Additionally, a 5-year pilot program will cover in-state tuition and fees for students p...

  • Supreme Court agrees to hear San Carlos Apache appeal on health care funding

    Adrienne Washington, Cronkite News|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Supreme Court said in November that it would consider a claim by the San Carlos Apache tribe that the federal government is shortchanging it on funds it needs to operate tribal health services. The case turns on whether the Indian Health Service should reimburse the tribe's overhead costs for health services it delivers with the support of third-party insurers, like Medicaid or private insurance. In the case of the San Carlos Apache, that amounted to $3...

  • The Council Speaks

    Frank Ward and Randy Jackson|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    Q: I'm a believer, and I've been married to my wife since before I accepted the Lord. She doesn't want anything to do with my faith in Jesus. I'm not sure if I should stay or go. Does the Bible say anything about my situation? A: First and foremost, as a pastor, it is always my prayer and counsel for a married couple to remain together. Marriage is indeed hard work and a long work, as well, when two individuals with various differences decide to live together in marriage...

  • What's Up with ILM?

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    For the third year in a row, ILM has had the privilege of partnering with Samaritans Purse in their Christmas Parcels project. These Christmas Parcels are gathered and sent to workers serving in northern Canadian Indigenous communities. This year, 120 workers received Christmas Parcels! The parcels contained local and Canadian made product, specifically chosen to be an encouragement to the recipients. The gift boxes included items such as Indian Life's Council Fire devotional...

  • Letters from Our Readers

    Chaplain Alan name withheld|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    I wanted to express my gratitude to your ministry for your faithful giving to the Prison Chapel which lives on the donations provided by donors such as yourselves. Your contributions are popular and sought after by our brothers here at Halawa. Our men grow in the word thanks to inspirational messages and current event updates provided by your donations. The most recent "Intertribal Life" publication that you sent will most certainly grab the attention of the men...

  • Coming Events

    Updated Jan 22, 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 Feb. 2-4: Missionfest Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man. Mar. 1-3: Indigenous Couples Getaway-Courthouse Hotel, Thunder Bay, Ontario. April 25-28: BC Native Christian Conference-Kamloops, B.C. May 16-19: NYC, Camp Nakamun, Alb....

  • My Muddy Truck

    Kene Jackson, NEFC Executive Director|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    "Come now, let us settle the matter," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." Isaiah 1:18 (NIV) I grew up on muddy roads. I think I was 15 before I saw pavement-okay that's stretching things! But bad roads were the norm where I came from. I remember a time when it was raining for about a week, and I'd been driving on the dirt and gravel of those back-country roads. My black...

  • Cherokee Nation constructs housing for skilled workers

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - The Cherokee Nation is participating in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 184 Skilled Workers Demonstration Program, which will allow for the construction of multiple rental dwelling units in Cherokee communities that will be provided to skilled workers in multiple professional fields. The HUD program is a loan program that aids organizations in recruiting skilled workers for hard-to-fill or hard-to-recruit positions....

  • B. C. receives first Indigenous chief of justice for Court of Appeals

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    VICTORIA, B. C.-In December, Leonard Marchand was named as the first Indigenous person to be appointed as the chief justice for the Court of Appeal in British Columbia. He will also serve as chief justice on the Yukon Court of Appeal. A member of the Okanagan Indian Band, part of the Syilx Nation, Marchand began his practice as a lawyer in Kamloops, B.C., where his practice included pursuing civil claims of historic child abuse in institutional settings, and he represented...

  • White House summit brings together tribal leaders

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-In December, the third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit was held, bringing together tribal leaders and top administration officials to address critical issues facing tribal communities. During the event, U.S. president Joe Biden signed an executive order reforming federal funding and support for tribal nations and aimed to promote the next era of tribal self-determination. The critical issues addressed by the summit included co-stewardship agreements...

  • Indigenous actress makes history with Golden Globe Award

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.-In January, Lily Gladstone made history as she became the first Indigenous actress to win a Golden Globe. Gladstone was awarded in the "Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama" for her portrayal of Mollie Burkhart in the film, "Killers of the Flower Moon." "This is a historic win and it doesn't belong to just me," Gladstone said. Gladstone, whose background is Blackfeet and Nez Perce, and who grew up on the Blackfeet Nation, is the se...

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