Articles from the March 15, 2024 edition


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  • Healing the Heart Through "Really Listening"

    Parry Stelter|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    As I've been conducting my duties as Chaplain at the Salvation Army in Edmonton, Alberta at the Edmonton Centre of Hope, I've been learning more and more about myself and others. I've also been conducting workshops and sessions at other not-for-profit organizations and churches. All of this has taught me my latest life lesson. That life lesson is that I need to listen more and speak less. When any of us is listening to someone else talk, we are often quick to want to jump in...

  • Buried treasure

    Phil Callaway|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    A pirate captain set out to retrieve a treasure chest he had buried, full of gold and silver-the booty he had plundered. It was hidden deep in a swamp at the center of the island. He and his first mate bravely entered the swamp and soon were up to their knees in water. Suddenly the Captain banged his shin against something hard. He reached down and pulled up a treasure chest. Prying open the lock, he gazed upon the loot. "Arrr matey," said the Captain, "That just goes to show...

  • Spring

    Sue Carlisle|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    The tree in front of our house appears dark and bare against a gray sky. It looks dead; yet by the time you read this it will be full of pink blossoms. The dry, brown grass will turn green and life will begin to flourish once again. The transformation lifts my spirits. Spring brings new lambs, calves and colts to farmers and ranchers and fawns, kits and cubs to the fields and bush. So much new life all at once! "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity...

  • Wild Rice Burgers

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Want to lighten up those burgers while helping to keep them moist and delicious? If so, definitely give this recipe a shot. Some restaurants use a very similar version to help meat like ground duck stick together while cooking. The wild rice's flavor and texture add a subtle yet unique character. Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 2 cups cooked wild rice 2 cloves minced garlic (optional) 1 tablespoon fresh chopped or dried thyme, oregano, and/or rosemary (optional) Salt and...

  • Danielle Palomino

    KB Schaller|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    On May 6, 1946, the Church of the Indian Fellowship (CIF) was organized in Washington State's Puyallup (People of the Clear Salt Water) Reservation as a Presbyterian mission founded in 1881. It is still used today, but the building has been rebuilt over time and is still sponsored by the Presbytery. It is where Danielle Palomino-a Fifth Generation Native American-grew up and where she participated in singing hymns translated from English to the Puyallup Language by those of th...

  • Dirt

    Adrian G. Torres|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    It was light, but it was there. For the last three mornings, I've been waking up with a headache right behind my eyes. The cause was no mystery. I'd been working on removing it, with soap and water, but I didn't have the right tools. My soap and water did nothing. The pesky green mold hung right in there. The Administrative Segregation Unit (The Hole) cells are very old. Even if the cell is cleaned daily with a little soap and water it still looks dirty. The dirt has settled...

  • A Time to Laugh

    Crying Wind|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    It was such a sad day. Our beloved choir leader had died suddenly from a heart attack and now the church was packed with church members, family and friends for his funeral and to say our last goodbye. Jeff had been our choir leader for twenty years and was loved by everyone. He always had a smile and a word of encouragement. He could never be replaced, but of course the church would hire a new choir leader but no one could ever replace Jeff. Tears flowed like fountains, and I...

  • Native nations with scarce internet are building their own broadband networks

    Madyson Fitzgerald, Stateline|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    On the Hopi Reservation's more than 1.5 million acres of desert landscape in northeast Arizona, many residents live in villages atop arid mesas. Below ground, there's a network of copper wires that provides telephone and internet service. Hopi Telecommunications in 2004 bought the company that had installed them, but has been struggling ever since to upgrade the network to broadband speeds. Hopi Telecommunications serves both the Hopi reservation and parts of the surrounding...

  • Vending machines used to dispense Indigenous books

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Mississauga, Ont.-Move over, snacks and sodas, there's a new vending machine in town! And it's serving up Indigenous specials for First Nations kids and others! Some schools and children's activity centers across Canada have been experimenting with a new vending machine that distributes food for the brain-books. Start2Finish Indigenous Collaborations is behind many of the orange machines proclaiming "Every Child Matters" that you're seeing pop up in various areas across the...

  • ILM co-hosts Indigenous Couples' Retreat

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    On March 1–3, 2024, Indian Life Ministries partnered with Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and FamilyLife Canada to co-host an Indigenous Couples' Retreat at the Courthouse Hotel in Thunder Bay, Canada. Kene and Milly Jackson from from the Whitefish Lake Band #128 Plains Cree Nation and Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada blessed conferees through their music ministry and led worship. During the weekend, Gord and Bev Mills, from the Moose Cree First Nation in Sudbur...

  • Love at first flight

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Saskatoon, Sask.-One Cote First Nations young woman in Saskatoon has soared to new heights-literally. Twenty-year-old Natasha Moar is not only a pilot, but a flight instructor for Millenium Aviation. Yes, before most students are even out of college, Natasha has already put in the training hours and launched on her career. Moar fell in love with flying sometime around her first flight. The adventurous twelve year old was supposed to be in a glider with her air cadet crew, but...

  • Arizona festival showcases authentic Indigenous art

    Marnie Jordan, Cronkite News|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    SCOTTSDALE—The bustling Arizona Indian Festival showcases Native singing, dancing and art to promote tourism and awareness of Arizona's tribal communities. Visitors can learn about Indigenous culture and history through vendors, art and demonstrations. To ensure that visitors to the festival, which was Saturday and Sunday, interact with real Native art, an Arizona Indian Festival committee vets all festival vendors for authenticity. Vendors are also required to show a certific...

  • CHIEF, Inc.

    Jody Dickson|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Seeking to help restore hope, healing, and honor among the Indigenous people of North America takes many ministries working together . . . the task is vast, but we at Indian Life are committed to partnering with other ministries. One of these is CHIEF, Inc. CHIEF, Inc. was founded in 1975 by Tom Claus. As he went to individual Native reservations and met with pastors, lay leaders, and missionaries, he observed, firsthand, the need for culturally relevant evangelism that would...

  • The Council Speaks

    Huron Claus and Steven Keesic|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Question I'm a new believer but I'm the only one in my community. I know I need the encouragement from other believers, but it's really hard to get out and get that fellowship. Any suggestions? Answer: Welcome to the family of God, my friend! It is amazing to realize that when you made that decision and commitment to accept God's greatest gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior, you took on a new identity. The Bible says you became a new creation (1 Cor. 5:17)....

  • From Abuse to a Forever Family

    Carroll Hill|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    I'm from the Mohawk tribe, my dad is from the Mohawk tribe. I came from Maine originally. I was born on February 13, 1939. In the spring of that year, my grandmother came downstate to see us; we lived in a little shack. When she drove into the yard, she saw that my mother was hitched to a cultivator. My mother had a breeching strap across her chest with the tailpiece of a harness around her neck. She was pulling this cultivator, and my dad was walking behind with a whip. When...

  • What a busy couple of months it's been at Indian Life Ministries!

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    As we mentioned in the directors’ column, ILM moved to a new physical office this month! We are very excited about this as for the last three years, our director team, Krystal and Todd Wawrzyniak have been running the office out of their home office. They say, “The Lord’s timing is perfect, as having the office at home allowed us to focus on some of the needs of our children while still remaining focused on the running of ILM. With our move into the new office, we are anticipating growth! Growth in workers and growth in minis...

  • New Seasons in ILM

    Todd and Krystal Wawryzniak, ILM director team|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Spring is in the air in our little home community in central Alberta. Snow is melting, and everywhere you look, signs of seasons past have left their mark. Roads are filled with the leftover signs of snow-gravel. Brown grass is now exposing the "sleep" of winter, just waiting for spring showers and signs of new life-green grass and leafy buds on trees. Children are anxious to get out their bikes and are willing to do so, donning gloves to protect their fingers against the...

  • Letters from Our Readers

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    I read your pamphlet and would like to say thank you for your benevolent and gregarious work by reaching out to people in need. There are a lot of souls still suffering and in need of such literature to allow personal growth and understanding. In today's society, I'm sure a lot of suicides get labelled as accidental overdoses or similar type incidents and people need to understand there is help out there. Just know your work has touched a soul. Thankfully, R. D. P.S. I like...

  • Coming Events

    Updated Mar 26, 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 April 25-28: BC Native Christian Conference-Kamloops, B.C. May 16-19: Native Youth Conference (NYC), Camp Nakamun, Alb....

  • An Act Of God

    Kene Jackson, NEFC Executive Director|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Mom told me a story once about T. Texas Tyler, an alcoholic country and western singer who became a believer back in 1958 (before my time). As his music morphed to country gospel, TTT began closing his contractual obligations that were part of his former life as a country and western star. Hollywood and the Grand Ole Opry weren't that hard, but one promoter wouldn't let him out of an "ironclad" contract for a series of fairs and rodeos and threatened him with a lawsuit if he...

  • Faux Indigenous asking for special privileges in court

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Prince Rupert, B.C.-Tne Prince Rupert, B.C. court system recently encountered a new defense tactic. A man was being prosecuted for creating child pornography and sending graphic pictures and videos of himself to young girls. The defendant's plea? That he should get leniency because he said he was of Indigenous heritage. The defendant was not raised Indigenous, nor had he pursued DNA testing or researched family genealogy, but he said he self-identified as Métis. He had simply,...

  • Nisga'a Nation prepares to purchase natural gas pipeline project

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    CALGARY, Alb.—The Nisga'a Nation in northwestern British Columbia is partnering with a Texas-based firm, Western LNG, to buy the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project from Calgary-based TC Energy Corp. "Today is a historic day for the Nisga'a Nation and represents a sea change in major industrial development in this country," said Eva Clayton, president of the Nisga'a Lisims government, in a news release. "In taking an equal ownership role in this pipeline, we are s...

  • Tribes to receive $105M in SSBCI funding

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-At the recent Reservation Economic Summit, Janet Yellen, of The United States Treasury, announced a new, third round of approvals for tribal support under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), a 2010 program aimed at helping open new avenues to credit by supporting funding institutions. This third funding round during the past nine months brings the number of SSBCI-support tribes to 80 and the total amount awarded to $265 million. Tribal...

  • Federal regulators deny permits for hydropower projects on Navajo Nation

    Alex Hager, KUNC|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Navajo Nation-Federal energy officials took the unusual step of denying permits Thursday to several pumped hydropower projects proposed on the Navajo Nation, citing a new policy that gives tribes a greater voice in projects on their lands. The tribe and environmental groups had urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny applications for several of the pumped storage projects, saying they worried about the impact of the projects but had not been consulted by...

  • Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture teaches next generation farmers sustainable practices

    Lauren Kobley, Cronkite News|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    AJO, Ariz-Jesse Garcia was first introduced to farming in his grandmother's garden. As a child, he recalls not quite understanding the true purpose of growing and how important it is. It was in high school that he first started taking an interest in farming and agriculture. After graduating, he had a number of jobs, but he did not feel passionate about any of them. It was then that he found the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Arizona farmers are aging. With a hope to s...

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