Articles from the July 15, 2022 edition


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  • The Good Report

    Phil Callaway|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    If you could use a little good news today, here are a few stories to cheer you up. We begin in Rio Linda, California, where last December a man dressed as Santa was in for a shock. Highway Patrol reported that jolly old St. Nick was flying a parachute with a motor and wheels. He was on his way to deliver candy canes to community kids when he found himself entangled in power lines. As you might suspect, this sparked the gathering of quite a crowd. Colleen Bousliman, who lives...

  • Regret

    Crying Wind|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    There was a man named "Regret." His mother died giving him birth and the only word she said when he was born was "Regret." His father blamed the boy for causing his wife's death and said his mother regretted giving him birth. When he was only a few days old, his father gave the boy to an aunt to raise-he was never loved and was mistreated by everyone; he was the boy who "killed his mother." When he was fifteen he ran away and worked at whatever jobs he could get, he was often...

  • Jocelyne Larocque, b. May 19, 1988

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    In her Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Jocelyne Larocque, playing with national Team Canada, won Gold. In the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, however, Larocque and Team Canada were awarded the Silver Medal. Second place. And the 3-2 loss to the USA was, momentarily, too much of a disappointment for Jocelyne to take. Born in Ste. Anne, Manitoba, Canada, Jocelyne Larocque (Metis heritage), is so competitive, she removed her Silver Medal from around...

  • Cherokee Nation celebrates opening of Cherokee Film Studios

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    OWASSO, Okla.-Cherokee Nation and its film office celebrated the opening of the Cherokee Film Studios, Owasso Campus, with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. The tribe's state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in Oklahoma and Indian Country. Cherokee Nation leadership and executives from the tribe's business arm, Cherokee Nation Businesses, joined state officials, local community leaders and industry professionals in commemorating the area's...

  • Videos available from Native American Nutrition Conference

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    PRIOR LAKE, Minn.-In the Spring, the University of Minnesota hosted the fifth annual Native American Nutrition conference. Two dozen videos of various presentations from the conference are now online for attendees and also for those who did not come to the conference. The theme for the conference was: "Decolonizing and Indigenizing our Diets for Health."During the three-day conference, Indegenous experts, elders, and others spoke at the event. Speakers included Michael Yellow...

  • Native American wins Pulitzer Prize for music

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    New York-Raven Chacon has become the first Native American to win a Pulitzer Prize for music. Hs composition, "Voiceless Mass," is a large ensemble work that was commissioned by the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ, Plymouth Church UCC, and Present Music. It was composed specifically for the Nichols & Simpson organ at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but can be performed in any space of worship with high ceilings and pipe...

  • Oklahoma tribes split over tribal status of former slaves' descendants

    Lauren Green, Gaylord News|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    WASHINGTON, D. C.-Oklahoma's five largest tribes split in late July on the terms of treaties signed more than 150 years ago regarding their treatment of descendants of their former slaves, and on what those treaties require. The hearing before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee was the first to bring together federal officials, tribal representatives and descendants of the Freedmen, the former slaves of the five tribes who were offered varying levels of tribal rights after th...

  • Thorpe Reinstated as Olympic winner

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland-In July, Jim Thorpe was reinstated as the sole winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon in Stockholm. The change was announced by the Internation Olympic Committee (IOC) on the 110th anniversary of King Gustav V of Sweden proclaiming him as "the greatest athlete in the world." Thorpe was stripped of his gold medals when Olympic authorities determined that he had broken the Olympic amateur rules because he had received payment to play in minor...

  • Online Indigenous business school launches

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    VANCOUVER, B.C.-A new online business school is being launched for First Nations people in Canada with the first course being Indigenous Entrepreneurship 101 for those interested in starting a business. Activ8, the developers of the online business school, point out that the untapped potential of Indigenous communities combined with government resources in education and funding through economic reconciliation has created a rise in Indigenous entrepreneurship. Indigenous...

  • Chickasaw student lauded by ESPN

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    ADA, Okla.-The Chickasaw Nation proudly announces that Chickasaw citizen Sania Richardson of Ada High School has made the top 25 on ESPN's 2025 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings. As a freshman, Sania ranks 13 on ESPN's list and currently has multiple offers to play college basketball. Richardson was already considered one of the top girls basketball players in the state-media attention is nothing new to this athlete-and some talent evaluators have put her in the top spot-before...

  • First Native American chosen as Miss Minnesota

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    WINONA, Minn.-In June 24-year-old, Rachel Evangelisto became the first woman to be crowned Miss Minnesota at the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Org. Pageant and will move on to compete in the Miss America pageant. Evangelisto graduated from the University of Minnesota–Morris with a degree in political science and an emphasis on law. She currently works as a guardian ad litem for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWN) Division of Minnesota. She is a court-appointed advocate looking o...

  • ILM joins tribal camp meeting

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    CHESTERMERE, Alb.-On July 23-26, 2022, representatives from Indian Life Ministries joined the Siksika Nation in their annual camp meeting. The Siksika Nation is on Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot people. With a population of about 7800, it is approximately 60 miles east of Calgary, south of the Trans-Canada Highway #1. The Siksika Nation is part of the Siksikaitsitapi–Blackfoot Confederacy which includes Kainai Nation, Piikani Nation and A...

  • National Navajo Code Talkers Museum breaks ground

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    TSE BONITO, N.M.-The National Navajo Code Talkers Museum is closer to being a reality. On August 2022, National Navajo Code Talkers Day, workers will break ground on a 400-acre permanent site in Tse Bonito, New Mexico. The museum will honor the Navajo Code Talkers who used the Dine language to help the United States and its allies achieve victory in World War II. "Since our inception, we have been actively planning and strategizing . . . Our vision statement: Educating the...

  • The Council Speaks

    Howard Jolly and Gord Mills|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    Q: After reading The Grieving Indian, I saw a prayer at the back of the book: "Dear Jesus, I realize I am a sinner. I long for peace in my heart. I believe you are the Holy Son of God-that you came down and died on the cross for my sins. Thank you for doing this for me. I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me. With your help, I will turn my back on them. By faith, I receive you into my life as my personal Savior and Lord. From now on, I want to please you." I prayed the...

  • Words of Encouragement

    Allison Kabildjanov|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make jour paths straight. Proverbs 3:5 NIV It doesn't seem like a long time since I first gave my life to the Lord and received His promise of eternal life. In fact, it only feels to me like it was yesterday. I chose to follow Christ at the age of fourteen, with a large group of my friends one Friday evening at a youth rally on my reserve of Bearskin...

  • Director's Corner

    Todd Wawryzniak, Director of Indian Life Ministries.|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    If you were to look up the definition of joy, the Oxford dictionary says that joy is "a feeling of great pleasure and happiness." In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, joy (when used as a noun), is defined as "an emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires." Joy (when used as a verb) is defined as "experiencing great pleasure or delight." But look at how the Bible defines joy. The biblical definition of joy says that...

  • What's up with ILM?

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    After a two year hiatus, due to the worldwide pandemic, and two years since Todd and I joined Indian Life, we are excited to announce that our annual banquet is back! Since coming on board with ILM, we bear witness to the men and women who went before us. Many planted seeds, many watered, and God has been faithfully pushing roots, growing the seeds into luscious life. "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth." (1 Corinthians 3:16) During our time together, we seek...

  • Letters from Our Readers

    JDS|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    I'm a Native from the Navaho Tribe. I have been incarcerated since 1999. When I came to prison, I was a religious person who only believed in God when I was in trouble. I was a backslider and read the Bible but had no understanding of it. About 2005, I wept in tears and asked God to forgive me of my sins. I felt ashamed because I was the only Native at the altar weeping in tears, but something happened there at the altar. I felt an arm around me and heard a voice that said, "I...

  • Coming Events

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    In the coming months, you can meet Indian Life staff at these events! Make sure you stop by and say, "Hi!" October 7–8: Steer Conference-North Dakota, United States STEER is an organization that facilitates the capacity for farmers in the US to raise and sell cattle, and then donate the monies to charities of their choosing that are registered with STEER. This of course is the unofficial explanation of their ministry. See the link below for the official info: h...

  • Broken Strings

    Kene Jackson, NEFC Executive Director|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    Just before we left on a tour to Alaska, I bought some cheap bass guitar strings. Figuring that they'd do for the trip, I saved a few bucks and wound them on to my Fender Precision. We were only three days in when the first one broke! I didn't think too much about it until the second one snapped a week later. Then the third!! Before the E string followed the doomed path of its predecessors, I changed it and since there was no place to buy new strings, I finished the tour on...

  • Pope visits Canada to meet with Indigenous people

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    Winnipeg, Man.-In July, Pope Francis launched an historic six-day tour in Canada that has been dubbde as the "apology tour" or "pilgrimage of penance." The focus of the Roman Catholic church's leader was to express sorrow and support to the Indigenous people of Canada who suffered from the church's grim legacy in the country. This was the first visit by a pope to Canada since 2002, and Francis is only the second pontiff to visit the country. All three previous visits were...

  • Native American undergraduates in Arizona to receive free tuition

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    TUSCON, Ariz.-Undergraduate students from the state's 22 federally recognized Native American tribes will no longer have to pay tuition and mandatory fees at the University of Arizona main campus in Tucson. Beginning in the fall 2022, new and continuing full-time, degree-seeking, in-state undergraduates will be eligible for the Arizona Native Scholars Grant, the first program of its kind in Arizona. "Serving Arizona's Native American tribes and tribal students is a crucial...

  • More than a hotline: 988 meant to ease access to mental health services

    Alexandra Conforti, Cronkite News|Updated Aug 5, 2022

    PHOENIX-Mental health emergencies in the United States haven't gotten the attention and support they require, resulting in increased suicide rates over past decades-particularly among teens, young adults and people of color. Enter 988 – the federally mandated dialing code used to connect those in need to 24/7 suicide prevention services. A call or text to the number links individuals with trained counselors who are part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. T...

  • A time for building love

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    ILM co-sponsors retreat for Indigenous couples RED DEER, Alb.-On June 3–5, 2022, Indian Life Ministries, Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Family Life Canada joined forces for the first time to sponsor the first Indigenous Couples' Getaway in western Canada. Seventeen couples attended this premier event held in Red Deer, Alberta, joined by three speaker couples, two musician couples, and several volunteers. The conference was born out of 20 years of prayer by a C...

  • First Indigenous person chosen to lead Canadian Army

    Updated Aug 5, 2022

    OTTAWA-The Department of National Defence recently announced the appointment of Lt.-Gen. Jocelyn Paul as the commander of the Canadian Army. Paul is the first Indigenous person to lead the Canadian Army, He began the role as commander of the Canadian Army and chief of the Army staff on June 16. Jocelyn (Joe) Paul, from the community of Wendake, Que., is a member of the Huron-Wedat First Nation. Brigadier-General Paul's interest in a military career was sparked at a young age...

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