Articles from the May 15, 2015 edition


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  • WHAT'S MISSING IN YOUR LIFE?

    Updated May 12, 2015

    How are things going? Are you happy with the way things are going in your life? Michael Thomas (his story is on page 10) was living his life his way and things where not that bad. However, he felt as if something was missing. One day his grandmother introduced him to their neighbor who shared some Good News with him. Michael realized that this was what was missing from his life. His friend introduced him to Jesus. Do you know Him? Here’s how you can meet Him. Here’s how to ask Jesus into your life: • Tell God that you want to...

  • "Slapstick" violence versus "sledgehammer" message about race

    A Film Review by Willie Krischke|Updated May 12, 2015

    The good people who made Kingsman: The Secret Service feel, in no uncertain terms, that spy movies have gotten all-too-serious. You should know that going in; this movie is silly on purpose. Its object is to be outrageous, it's determined to be daffy, it resolves to be ridiculous. The violence is over the top and cartoonish, which is good, because there is more than enough of it. But cringing every time a character gets his arm broken in Kingsman is like crying every time...

  • Conversations about cancer, family and community

    Dennis Maione|Updated May 12, 2015

    Prompters to Life Trade Paper 218 pages Review by Carla McKay If you have cancer or know someone who does, this book is for you and your friend. Part narrative, reflection, and primer, this book has wit, wisdom, romance and passion. It has laughter while acknowledging the painful struggle to find life and hope in the midst of this trying journey. Struck twice with colorectal cancer, he is a survivor who won't let his age or disease hold him back from enjoying life. Dennis has...

  • Navajo teen with a camera and a cause wins White House visit for short film

    Tara Terregino|Updated May 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON – Keanu Jones just wanted to tell stories of his Navajo people when he picked up a camera several years ago, never thinking that his "simple 3-minute film" would bring him all the way to the White House. "It's incredible," said Jones, 18, whose film was one of 15 selected from around the country as part of the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Jones, a senior at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, said he hopes his film on his family's daily s...

  • Native American plays in NCAA championship game

    Updated May 12, 2015

    Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig and his teammates, the Wisconsin Badgers, surprised everyone by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats in the second Final Four game by a score of 71-64. This meant they advanced to the national championship game against Duke University. Unfortunately, the North Carolina team defeated the Badgers to become the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament 2015 national champions. The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Kentucky Wildcats in the second Final Four game on...

  • The loss of ancestral homeland:

    Doug George-Kanentiio|Updated May 12, 2015

    AKWESASNE, NY-The Aboriginal homeland of the Six Nations Iroquois (the Haudenosaunee) stretched from Lake Champlain and the Hudson River in the east, the Niagara River-Lake Erie in the west, Delaware River and the central Pennsylvania mountains to the south and the St. Lawrence River to the north. Included in this region are not only large sections of New York but parts of Ontario, Quebec, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Within this area dwelt many tens of thousands of Iroquois along...

  • Forgiving Our Past Mistakes

    Updated May 11, 2015

    Most of us find time to relax and review our memories. For many, it is a satisfying and gratifying pastime. As a caution, however, when reviewing our past memories we should be careful not to condemn ourselves with regrets and remorse. It is easy to recall a cross word spoken without careful thought to a friend or loved one, or a time when children had tried our patience. Perhaps while enjoying our own good health, we neglected to visit a sick friend who would have appreciated our caring presence. Perhaps, we forgot to count...

  • In honor, preferring one another-at the speed of light

    Jim Uttley|Updated May 11, 2015

    In case you haven't noticed, our world is getting a lot more critical and mean. By critical, we're not referring to important as in "critically important." No, we're referring to judgmental and sometimes downright brutal. With the dawning of technological advances, we are now able to communicate in many different ways almost instantaneously. A couple hundred years ago, people waited weeks to receive letters from home bringing news of births or deaths. Many times news and...

  • Pensmoke-The Outcast

    Michael Thomas as told to Jim Uttley|Updated May 11, 2015

    My name is Michael Thomas but I also go by Pensmoke, the name I record my music under. I'm a rapper. I was born in the Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. I am of Gaduwa (Cherokee) heritage. My family descends from Jim Cheoa, Ah-lin-nih Cheoa, and Ail-cih Cheoa on the Siler Roll and Oowahooskee on the 1817 Reservation Roll. Within a couple of weeks after being born, my family moved from the Smokies all the way to the other side of the state-Memphis. My father left when I...

  • Muscogee Nation helps unveil 1790 treaty for NMAI exhibit in DC

    Updated May 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC—Leaders of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma helped unveil the 1790 Treaty of New York as part of an exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The treaty was the first agreement between the tribe and the newly-formed United States. It has never been displayed in public until now. “This is a historic moment recognizing the relationship we’ve had with the U.S. for a number of centuries,” Justin Giles, the interim director of the Muscogee Nation Cultural Center said in a press r...

  • KAIROS event marks close of the historic TRC

    Cheryl McNamara|Updated May 11, 2015

    TORONTO, ON-KAIROS Canada is hosting Time for Reconciliation to coincide with and complement the close of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), taking place May 29, May 30 and June 1 at Carleton University and Christ Church in Ottawa, Ontario. Time for Reconciliation's sessions and workshops are structured around three themes: Recognition and Reconciliation, Decolonization, and Honoring Indigenous Rights. Speakers include Marie Wilson, TRC Commissioner; Bisho...

  • 11th annual Wiconi "Living Waters" Family Camp opens registration

    Updated May 11, 2015

    VANCOUVER, WA-The countdown for Wiconi's 11th annual "Living Waters" Family Camp has begun. The camp begins on Thursday, July 23, and ends Sunday, July 26, at noon. According to Family Camp Coordinator Gary Eastty, everyone is invited and welcome. "There will be 'hanging out' recreational times, excellent teaching and fun activities for all ages." Registration for camp began on May 1, 2015. The theme this year will be the critically important topic of "Suicide Prevention"...

  • OEW's Warrior Summit set to begin

    Updated May 11, 2015

    LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO-On Eagles' Wings, the Native American outreach of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, is calling all youth 15 to 35 to their 2015 Warrior Leadership Summit on Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri from June 28-July 3. OEW is expecting teens and young adults from over 100 tribes to attend. This year's featured musicians and speakers include Trip Lee, Lacy Sterm (Flyleaf), Emcee One, Bobby Dean,TJ Valtierra, and Ron Hutchcraft. Register before June 18, $25; After $35....

  • BSU offers 10-day Indigenous summer program for high school students

    Updated May 11, 2015

    BEMIDJI, MN-Beginning July 17, BSU's Niibinishi Gabeshi summer camp program offers a unique opportunity for students to capture the essence of Ojibwe culture with an intensive language program and reading sessions, workshops, and group conversations about shared assumptions regarding issues such as culture and communication. The two-week camp is offered as a pair of one-week sessions, July 13-17 and July 20-24; campers return home for the weekend between sessions. Campers...

  • VST appoints new Indigenous Studies Director

    Updated May 11, 2015

    VANCOUVER, BC-Rev. Ray Aldred has been appointed the Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology. Ray is status Cree from Treaty 8 land in Northern Alberta. Born in Northern Alberta and raised in the country outside of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Ray's first pastorate was the First Nations Alliance Church of Regina, Saskatchewan. While pastoring there he served as the Director of the First Nations Alliance Church of Canada from 1996-2004. There he...

  • Reconciled Church's seven-step plan for racial healing

    Updated May 11, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, AL-On the 50th anniversary of the world-altering Civil Rights march into Montgomery and Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech from the statehouse steps, The Reconciled Church movement-Christian leaders, nationally, from across denominational and racial lines, armed with a seven-point plan-continues the march to racial equity, peace and justice. "The Church sparked and stoked the Civil Rights Movement, and the march continues," Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor o...

  • Navajo officer slain in domestic dispute

    Updated May 11, 2015

    RED VALLEY, AZ-Tragedy struck the Navajo Nation on March 19, as a domestic dispute turned deadly leaving Navajo Police Officer Alex Yazzie and his assailant, Justin Fowler, 24, dead. Two other Navajo police officers were wounded in the attack on remote highway Navajo Route 13. Navajo Police Officer Herbert Fraizer was shot in the shin and Officer James Hale was shot in the right leg. The tragedy began about six hours prior to the fatal shootings, when Jordon Fowler called the...

  • Sex trafficking finds a home in US oilfields

    Michael Reagan|Updated May 11, 2015

    A literally unholy alliance composed of the loony left and some right-leaning libertarians has been peddling the idea that prostitution is a "victimless" crime. Willing seller and willing buyer and it's no business of ours, so stop enforcing vice laws. Except that's not the case at all. Young runaways are being forced into prostitution by evil human traffickers. A current hotbed for sex trafficking is North Dakota, where the oil drilling boom has attracted hordes of young and...

  • Wheaton College hosts NAIITS' 12th Annual Symposium

    Updated May 11, 2015

    WHEATON, IL-The North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) is coming to Wheaton College, Illinois, June 4-6, 2015, for their 12th annual symposium. This year's theme is "Theologies of Reconciliation: les sauvages et le sophistiqué." The purpose of each year's symposium is to facilitate open dialogue about various aspects of Indigenous history and experience in the context of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Symposium planners hope that participants will...

  • Another tribal amendment offered for anti-trafficking measure

    Updated May 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC-The United States Senate unanimously passed an anti-human trafficking bill on April 23, intended to fight against the horrors of kidnapping and sex trafficking in the U.S. and throughout the world. The passage of this bill was delayed by the Democrats who obstructed allowing a vote on this legislation due to an anti-abortion amendment attached to the bill. S.178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, creates a Domestic Trafficking Victims' Fund to help...

  • Mississippi Choctaws hold ribbon-cutting at $55M health center : "A landmark day"

    Updated May 11, 2015

    JACKSON, MS-The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is ready to welcome patients to a $55 million health center. The tribe held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 180,000 square-foot Choctaw Heath Center on March 2. The facility was fully operational and ready to welcome patients on March 9. "This is a landmark day for our tribe," Chief Phyliss J. Anderson said in a statement. "The opening of our new Choctaw Health Center marks the beginning of a new era in health care for our...

  • Supreme Court of Canada won't hear Innu vs Labrador case

    Updated May 11, 2015

    OTTAWA, ON-The Supreme Court of Canada decided not to take a Quebec native group's appeal against a proposed hydro project in Labrador. The Conseil des Innus de Ekuanitshit oppose a plan by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, now Nalcor Energy, to build two power plants on the Churchill River. The project was approved after a provincial and a federal environmental assessment by a joint review panel, which also recommended a series of mitigation measures. The panel said the...

  • Boxing champ Baxter Humby honored

    Updated May 11, 2015

    WINNIPEG, MB-On April 30, 2015 Baxter Humby received an award for his dedication to Combative Sports in Winnipeg at the professional boxing event, High Stakes Havoc. Baxter Humby, two-time World Kickboxing Champion known as "The One Armed Bandit" lost his right arm from the elbow downwards at birth in Winnipeg after becoming entangled with the umbilical cord. He is the only man in the world to win world titles with just one arm. Baxter is the current IMTC (International Muay...

  • The Blue Ridge Mountains are alive with music: Sing to the Mountain II

    Updated May 10, 2015

    LAKE JUNALUSKA, NC-Over the last weekend of June 2015, the hills and mountains of Western North Carolina will come alive with the sound of singing, the beauty of dancing, and the joy of feasting together. From June 26-28, Sing to the Mountain II will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina between Asheville and the Cherokee Nation. Headlining the weekend will be Mohawk Jonathan Maracle and Broken Walls. The lineup of singers...

  • Indigenous peoples celebrate the 55th anniversary of Indigenous voting rights

    Updated May 10, 2015

    WINNIPEG, MB-On March 31, 1960, then-governor general of Canada Georges Vanier gave royal assent to the bill that gave Inuit and First Nations peoples the right to vote for the first time. This was a right that had been denied to them on reserves under the Indian Act. To mark the anniversary, a celebration was held in downtown Winnipeg, hosted by Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Rebecca Chartrand two federal candidates for the Liberal Party in the expected fall federal election. In...

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