Articles from the March 15, 2020 edition


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  • Your Health

    Jean Davis|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    Best-selling author Mark Hyman, M.D., is a family physician who founded the Ultra Wellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. In an interview about his book, The Blood Sugar Solution, http://drhyman.com/blog/video/with-tavis-smily/, Dr. Hyman said one in two Americans has either diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition he calls diabesity. Ninety percent of us don't even know we have it. That's one in two: me and you, you and your significant other, your child and his third grade tea...

  • Fern Cloud, Pastor

    K.B. Schaller|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    "So many of our people were told they couldn't be Christian and Indian; they had to choose," Fern Cloud discloses. Similar beliefs by Euro-Americans in the past have prohibited women and Native Americans as a whole from preaching the gospel. Only recently did Native women such as Reverend Fern Cloud dare to dream of pastoring a church-especially a mainline Christian church. Cloud, the great-great-granddaughter of Thaoyate Duta, "Little Crow," Chief of the Dakota...

  • Real-Life Relationships

    Heather Trent Beers|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    My husband poked his fork in the lone casserole gracing the table. "How about a few side items with dinner sometime?" His words seemed harmless. Combine a couple of words and a cute face, and you have a simple request from your adoring husband of six months, right? Wrong. Because what I did was blend that simple request about "dinner" with the time I spent grocery shopping and my "I don't like cooking in the first place" feelings. In the end, what I heard was "You're not much...

  • The Zoo Cage Prophet

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    My eye was swollen shut. It was still early, but I couldn't sleep. I'd been tossing and turning for what felt like hours. I was lying on my left side when I became aware that my left eye was not listening to my brain telling it to open. With my right hand I reached across to rub my eye open, and at that moment I felt the problem: bumps. A nasty rash had broken out right under my eye and into my left eye's tear duct. Not only that, the rash had also invaded my lower-lip/upper-c...

  • New Cayuga language class focuses on nature, culture

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    ITHACA, N.Y.-For the first time in Cornell University's 154-year history, students have been able to take a class to learn the language of the Cayuga Nation, whose traditional territory is now home to Cornell's Ithaca campus. The launch of the class in Fall 2019 coincided with the United Nations' declaration that 2019 was the Year of Indigenous Languages. Stephen Henhawk, a Cayuga speaker and historian, teaches the hands-on class, which focuses on the relationship of language...

  • Artist preserving southeastern Indian culture

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    ADA, Okla.-Chickasaw and Choctaw artist Sue Fish has honed her craft of basketmaking for nearly three decades and has displayed her art in galleries across the Chickasaw Nation. An avid member of the First American art scene, Fish is enthusiastic about sharing her passion for preserving Southeastern basketry and reviving river cane basketry. She eagerly demonstrates her techniques while teaching at various community schools and universities, libraries, museums and events. The...

  • Aboriginal artist nominated for CGMA

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    LANGLEY, B.C.-Aboriginal Award-winning Artist Treneta Bowden has received nominations for two categories with the 2020 Canadian Gospel Music Awards. Bowden's new song and album, Hold On, has been nominated for Indigenous Album of the Year. "Hold On" was written as a song of hope and healing to inspire First Nations and othr people to rise up in their purpose and to never quit. "I pray that this song and the others will be songs of rescue and healing to those who feel...

  • First Nations receives grant to support Indigenous-led environmental justice efforts

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    LONGMONT, Colorado-First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has received a $220,000 grant from the Broad Reach Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The funds will be used to support Native American-led efforts to combat abusive extractive industries that are impacting Native communities, resources and land. "Native communities have long-held, traditional knowledge that should be part of every conversation involving our land and environment," said Michael...

  • AFN's National climate gathering a successful dialogue

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory-In early March, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) hosted a successful National Climate Gathering in Whitehorse, YT, that brought together over 380 First Nations leaders, elders, women and youth to discuss First Nations-led solutions to address the Climate Crisis. "First Nations from across the country are showing their commitment to action on the greatest challenge of our time-climate destruction. The scope of this meeting in the range of...

  • Chickasaw youth learn leadership skills

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    ADA, Okla.-The Chikasha Pehlichi Ikbi "Creating Chickasaw Leaders" Youth Leadership Program (CPI) recently attended the Close Up Foundation's annual American Indian Youth Summit in Washington, D.C. During the summit, CPI youth leaders had the opportunity to engage in workshops with others from different tribal communities. They discussed the most pressing issues facing their areas, discovered the historic relationship between tribes and the U.S. government, and explored...

  • Native American board game becomes national teaching tool

    Laura Guerrero-Almeida|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    Alisha Merrill never imagined that her class project would become a nationwide teaching tool. "I put together this board game, Journey Home, touching on the five major regions of Native Americans," said Merrill, who graduated in 2018 from Binghampton University, with a major in childhood and early childhood education. "I brought a little bit of my culture in and tried to connect it to standards and bring it to classrooms." The board game was a product of an elementary...

  • Indigenous achievement in global export

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    TORONTO, Ont.-According to a report several months ago, Indigenous-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are showing that they are highly adept at breaking into foreign markets, according to a new report jointly released by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and the Office of the Chief Economist of Global Affairs Canada (OCE-GAC). The report, Indigenous-owned Exporting SMEs in Canada, finds that, based on CCAB survey data, nearly a quarter (24...

  • Indigenous hunters make a difference

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    JAMES SMITH CREE NATION, Saskatchewan-Sometimes it just takes one person with a caring heart and a clever idea-and determination to act on it-to make a difference. And thanks to Tanya Sanderson, hunters are joining the team to make a difference for the James Smith Cree Nation. When Sanderson heard that COVID-19 had hit Saskatchewan, she was concerned about the 3412 fellow members in the nation near the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Even though Sanderson and her husban...

  • Bill would guarantee tribal health authorities access to the strategic national stockpile

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    WASHINGTON-In mid-March, United States Senators Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) Vice Chairman Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) unveiled the Tribal Medical Supplies Stockpile Access Act, legislation that would guarantee that the Indian Health Service (IHS), tribal health authorities, and urban Indian organizations have access to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), a federal repository of drugs and medical supplies that can be tapped if a public...

  • Soothing Words for Seething Times

    Elaine McAllister|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    We live in troublesome times with pandemics, economic woes, healthcare crises and more, yet our Heavenly Father can always be trusted. Always. He knows the plans He has for us (see Jeremiah 29:11) and we can have peace even in the midst of confusion as we find a new normal. Jesus speaks peace to us in John 16:33: "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."...

  • Cherokee Nation contributes record $6M to 108 school districts

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    TULSA, Okla.-The Cherokee Nation contributed more than $6 million to 108 school districts during the tribe's annual Public School Appreciation Day Thursday. This year's disbursement is the largest since the tribe began its annual contributions in 2002. Aside from the millions of dollars the Cherokee Nation and other tribes provide to the state of Oklahoma for education funding each year through the tribal-state gaming compact, the Cherokee Nation also allocates 38 percent of...

  • A Mohawk Peacemaker

    Mavis Etienne|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    I have told you these things so you may have peace in Me. In the world you will have much trouble. But take hope! I have power over the world! John 16:33, NLV "Rycki!" I shouted to my twenty-four-year-old son. "Rycki, relax! They're trying to intimidate you!" It was the summer of 1990, the height of the "Oka Crisis" when Mohawks squared off against the Canadian Army and the dreaded Sûreté du Québec (SQ), and the air was thick with tension. The mayor of Oka had announced pl...

  • Letters from our readers

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    A Ring of Fire I have corresponded with Indian Life Ministries for about 10 years, and your newspaper, books, fliers and correspondence have been nothing short of a joy and blessing in my life. You have truly helped to instill the love of Jesus into my life. And that love has spread to countless people who have been around me and around those who were around me. It's very similar to a tiny spark that builds into a ring of fire. The difference being, that ring of fire is...

  • Editorial Viewpoint

    Kene Jackson NEFC Executive Director|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    I took the time the other day to count the doors at our place. It took me about 30 seconds to figure out that we have 12 of them. It was kind of a mundane exercise, but it got me thinking about Closed and Open Doors and how God uses both kinds in our lives. The Open Doors are the opportunity ones. They can be captivating, motivating and exciting or, on the flip side, intimidating, overwhelming and downright scary! You see, open doors usually mean change! Change is a great...

  • The Council Speaks

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    Question: How do I heal myself after losing my partner of 19 years? She was my life, my companion. How do I heal from my grieving? I spoke with one elder and she told me my love is in a happy place; that she's in the land of everlasting happiness. -G.O. Answer: I was married to my husband for 33 years when he died suddenly from a massive heart attack on July 5, 2008. It was a difficult time for me, and I can relate to your pain in losing your spouse. I really thought I...

  • "We are not ready for this"

    Jourdan Bennett-Begaye|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    WASHINGTON-Dean Seneca didn't mince words after the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention's "damaging news" in early March about the spread of the novel coronavirus that has killed thousands of people worldwide. "I want to make sure that I stated that tribes are not prepared for the coronavirus," he texted Indian Country Today a day after an interview in which he was more cautious. "I don't think that we are as prepared as we should be," Seneca-who has worked more than 18...

  • Canada must ensure First Nations' rights, title and jurisdiction are respected in Trans Mountain Expansion Project

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    OTTAWA, Ont.-Following the Federal Court of Appeal's decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the federal government must ensure that First Nations' rights, title and jurisdiction are respected. "First Nations' rights and title holders must be respected in all proposed development, and this, of course, includes the Trans Mountain pipeline. Government and industry must do a better job of...

  • Clean energy produced on Navajo land could help power Los Angeles

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    LOS ANGELES-In a city renowned for its green policies, Prius drivers and biodegradable straws, it was only a matter of time before officials would vote to move away from coal-powered electricity. To transition to clean energy, the city sold its shares of a coal-powered generating station on the Navajo Nation in 2016, ending a decades-long relationship. What seemed like a bright new sustainable future for Los Angeles presented a harsh reality for the tribe, whose members...

  • First Nations to receive $305 million COVID-19 fund

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    Ottawa, Ont.-The Trudeau government has promised $305 million to help Indigenous communities deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the $305 million Indigenous community support fund as part of a broader $82 billion aid package to help Canadians and businesses deal with the fallout from COVID-19. Trudeau announced last week that Indigenous communities could draw from a $100 million envelope that was part of a $1 billion investment to boost...

  • The National Congress of American Indians calls for more attention to COVID-19 impacts in Indian Country

    Updated Apr 7, 2020

    WASHINGTON-In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, tribal nations -comprised of some of the most vulnerable communities in the United States-have been left out of the conversation. As the COVID-19 pandemic has now reached all 50 states, tribal governments also face heightened challenges to protect their citizens, and have inadequate federal funding and resources to do so. "We cannot ignore the elevated risks faced by Indian Country from this virus," said...

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