Articles from the July 15, 2023 edition


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  • Healing the Heart Through Asking for Wisdom

    Parry Stelter|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    When I reflect on my life, as I'm about to turn 55 on July 01, 2023, my heart and my mind keep going to the topic of wisdom. As an Indigenous man who's also from the Sixties Scoop generation, and whose mother and uncles and aunts went to residential school, I realize we were all left with what is called intergenerational trauma. As a follower of the Jesus Way who's born again and set free from sin, I'm also told in the holy scriptures from the apostle Paul that our struggle wi...

  • Living Words

    Sue Carlisle|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    Words fascinate me. I like word paintings where wildflowers carpet a meadow and chipmunks chatter above the breeze whispering through the nearby pines. What sights and sounds would you add to your scene? I enjoy imaginative words like kaleidoscope. The colourful pieces at the end of the telescopic tube dramatically change patterns with the slightest turn of the tumbler. Combined words are the most meaningful. Chocolate is a good prefix to any word. What word would you use to...

  • God is Able!

    Becky Kew|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    This past week, my parents and I travelled the Needles Highway. For those of you who are not familiar with this highway, it is a 14-mile scenic byway that lies within Custer State Park, among the Black Hills of South Dakota. It offers sharp turns, narrow tunnels and winding routes. My mom, who is fearful of heights, especially when mixed in with twists and turns, managed to get to the eye of the needle at the top of the eroded mountain-without fainting. I prayerfully...

  • Giraffic Park

    Phil Callaway|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    Kids help me laugh. My grandson said, "Grandpa, you're bald. You look extinguished." Animals help me laugh, too. If you've seen a naked mole rat or a hairless cat, you know God has a sense of humor. Then there's the platypus. I can picture God designing the prototype as angels look on in wonder: "I'll give it a body with flippers on its feet, a little like a beaver. Then, why not a duck head? And have it lay eggs. That will amuse and confuse the humans." I imagine God saying,...

  • Trust the Process

    Adrian G. Torres|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    The process is very aggressive. Some might even classify it as violent. But no one in the world would ever try to stop it-it's a process that needs to be endured to achieve the essential result. Dunking it into water and keeping it submerged until the very last air bubble escapes is only the first step. It must immediately be pulled out of the water and then dunked back into it. After this second immersing, it is yanked back out and thrown on the floor. Lying on the ground,...

  • Ramona Lynn Sakiestewa, b. 1948

    K.B. Schaller|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    Ramona Lynn Sakiestewa was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to a Hopi father and a mother of Irish-English-German descent. She attended Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona, and Santa Fe Prep, Santa Fe, New Mexico. As her interest in weaving grew, Ramona taught herself to weave through reading books and from the assistance of acquaintances who were kind enough to share their expertise. In 1970, she married Arthur Sze, a poet and creative writing instructor at the Institute...

  • Blueberry and Peach Salsa

    First Nations Development Institute, www.FirstNations.org|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    Blueberries have been and continue to be a major food source for Great Lakes Region Native American communities in the summer; peaches grow especially well in the tribal regions on the eastern side of Lake Michigan. Ingredients 1 cup blueberries 1 cup diced peaches 1-2 cups diced tomatoes 2 minced green onions 1 lime Salt and pepper to taste 1–2 cloves minced garlic (optional) 1 tablespoon minced cilantro (optional) Directions Simply mix the ingredients and serve with your f...

  • The Watermelon Gang

    Crying Wind|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    In the 1950s, I watched movies in which Roy Rogers chased outlaws who stole cattle and robbed banks. Of course, the bad guys were always caught and hanging their heads in shame as they were tied up and taken to jail. The good guys always won, and the bad guys always lost. I was always the "good little girl." I drank my milk, cleaned my plate, put my toys away and tried to obey all of the adults in my life. I was a shy, quiet, only child and always did as I was told. When I...

  • Honor your 'mother': Working to keep traditional ways, types of Hopi corn

    Sydney Witte, Cronkite News|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    MAYER, Ariz.-Some Indigenous farmers are trying to bring traditional food back to their communities. Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a farmer from the Hopi Tribe, is focusing on bringing Hopi corn back to the dining table – not only for the health benefits but also to connect his people to their culture. Johnson, who also is a faculty member at the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resources and the Environment, refers to corn as "our mother." "Corn represents our mother, a...

  • Students enter a deeper relationship with God through NYC

    Updated Jul 14, 2023

    BUSBY, Alb.-On May 18-21, 2023, 187 youth gathered at Camp Nakamun in Alberta, Canada, for the Native Youth Conference (NYC). The students came from 17 communities and four provinces. Students were joined by 40 chaperones of varying ages. "The mission at Indian Life Ministries is to restore hope, healing, and honor within Indigenous communities across North America through a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ," said Todd Wawrzyniak, director of Indian Life Ministries. "Being...

  • Ministry Highlight: Lake Itasca Family Music Festival

    Updated Jul 14, 2023

    The ministry impact of the Cass Lake Alliance Church continues to go on strong! Started as a Native church plant in the 1930s, it continues to reach out locally while celebrating its historical impact globally. The church, located on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, has raised over the years two gifted musical singing families-The Smith Family and The Berge Family-whose collective ministries span almost a century. Both families have traveled and have sung...

  • Gabriel's Bible project nearly ready to print

    Marcus Bankuti, Local Journalism Initiative reporter|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    In 1957, Harvey Gabriel heard scripture read out loud in Kanien'kéha for the first time. When he got home, he asked his mother why Kanien'kehá:ka didn't have a Bible in their own language. "Oh, that's a big project," she replied. "And who's going to translate it?" Those words stuck with him, but it wasn't until 1974, as he was firing up his lawnmower after supper one day, that the idea finally came to him. "When I retire, I'm going to translate the Bible," he told himself. "...

  • Something bigger going on

    Jordan Fosseneuve|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    I grew up in Cumberland House, northeastern Saskatchewan. It's kind of an isolated place, about 200 km northeast from Nipawin, a larger town. The community is on an island in a delta region of the Saskatchewan River. Some of the people are still involved in fishing, hunting and trapping. My father was mainly a fisherman, so I grew up eating a lot of fish! As a kid, many times I went out with him in his boat, and then in the winter there was ice fishing, as well. I wish I...

  • New report shows First Nations lack support in emergency funding

    Updated Jul 14, 2023

    OTTAWA, Ont.-In June 2022, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs began a study on emergency preparedness, and security and sovereignty in the Arctic. In June of 2023, the standing committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs released its report studying Arctic Security and Sovereignty and Emergency Preparedness of Indigenous communities. Among other findings, the committee says that Indigenous Services Canada is failing to provide First...

  • What's up with ILM?

    Todd and Krystal Wawryzniak|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    Todd and Krystal, our director team, are looking forward to helping facilitate the Bighorn Vacation Bible School (VBS) in Bighorn, Alb., July 17–21. The theme is "Jesus is the Greatest Chief!" Two dedicated believers, Wacey and Violet, have graciously opened their land for the event in the Bighorn Community, and a leader named Tyson will teach the children. We are so excited to assist in this outreach! When we are able to reach children of a family for Jesus, this often l...

  • New Devotional Project in the Works

    Todd and Krystal Wawryzniak, ILM director team|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    If you haven't heard the news yet, we're excited to announce that we at Indian Life we are working on putting together a 365-day devotional! The devotional will be split into three volumes to make it more accessible. It will include submissions from 42 indigenous followers of Jesus, who are from 15 indigenous nations, 30 indigenous communities, 8 provinces and 4 states! Can you believe it! Wow! We are so excited! We ask for prayer regarding the development of this devotional....

  • Coming Events

    Updated Jul 14, 2023

    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 Jesus the Greatest Chief VBS—July 17–21, Bighorn, AB Every Story Matters Conference (ILM hosted)—Sept. 15–17, North Battleford, SK STEER Conference—Oct. 6–7, Bismarck, ND ILM Banquet—Oct. 21, Winnipeg, MB Indigenous Couples’ Getaway—Nov. 17–19, Rock Nest Ranch, Houston, BC Seattle Missionfest—Nov. 3–4, Seattle, WA...

  • A Way of Escape

    Kene Jackson, NEFC Executive Director|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV William was a believer who was struggling with some leftovers from the life he lived before he got serious about following Jesus. He'd spent the last of his money on a bag of weed; now, he was hitchhiking down the...

  • Supreme Court says treaty does not require feds to secure Navajo water rights

    Lauren Irwin and Lillie Boudreaux, Cronkite News|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    WASHINGTON-A divided Supreme Court ruled recently that the federal government is not required to take "affirmative steps" to guarantee water for the Navajo Nation beyond the water rights that were granted in an 1868 treaty. The 5-4 ruling said that if the court agreed with the Navajo, it could lead to a situation where the government is forced to build "pipelines, pumps, wells or other water infrastructure" that were not specified in the treaty. "It is not the Judiciary's...

  • First Nations and Tribes declare salmon emergency and plan for international organization

    Updated Jul 14, 2023

    LUMMI NATION, Wash.- Leaders from hundreds of Alaska Tribes and First Nations from British Columbia came together at the fourth Annual Indigenous Leaders Summit held in Lummi Nation, hosted by Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC) to resolve issues threatening salmon, territories, and ways of life. "Our people no longer have salmon running in our streams. Salmon only live in our stories. I wanted to come here to share that with the leaders; to show them...

  • Indian Life announces plans for fall banquet

    Updated Jul 14, 2023

    LANGDON, Alb.-Indian Life is excited to announce our annual banquet occurring on October 21 in Winnipeg, Manitoba! Craig and LaDonna Smith will be the speakers and lead worship for the gala event, focusing on the theme "Trauma, Trials and Timeless Truths." Kene and Milly Jackson will minister through Native gospel songs. The banquet will take place in The Meeting Place, in downtown Winnipeg. Individual tickets are $50 per person and include a traditional meal. Corporate...

  • ILM welcomes you to Every Story Matters conference

    Updated Jul 14, 2023

    Everybody has a story. That story, if kept inside and not given the freedom to be shared, can hinder us. If the story is a positive, good one, we share to bless others, give them hope and give praise to God together. After all, Psalm 107:2 (NIV) tells us, "Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story." If the story has some hard twists and turns, it's even more important to share it. We need a safe place to talk with others who understand the difficulties of healing and...

  • Chickasaw Nation celebrates new Chikashshanompa' keyboard on Apple devices

    Updated Jul 14, 2023

    The Chickasaw Nation Chikashshanompa' (Chickasaw Language) keyboard is now available for iPhone, iPad and Mac with the releases of iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4 and macOS Ventura 13.3 operating systems. "We welcome this collaboration with Apple," Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said. "Our language is critically vital to maintaining our unique cultural identity as Chickasaw people. The Chickasaw keyboard included in this recent update is a positive step in our efforts to...

  • Justices uphold law giving Native families priority to adopt Native youth

    Sydney Carruth and Jasmine Kabiri, Cronkite News|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court recently upheld a federal law that requires tribal families to get priority in the adoption or foster placement of an Indigenous child, a law aimed at stopping what one justice called the "nightmare" of family separation. Advocates have called the Indian Child Welfare Act the gold standard of child welfare laws, but it was challenged by three families and the state of Texas, which claimed the law steps on state's rights and unlawfully uses race to...

  • University becomes first in Canada to offer waived tuition for Indigenous students

    Updated Jul 14, 2023

    WATERLOO, Ont.-The University of Waterloo in Ontario will become the first Canadian university to waive tuition starting this fall for students who are members of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation or Six Nations of the Grand River. In a press release, the university announced, "Indigenous students who are members of these bands (on whose traditional territory the University of Waterloo is situated) and who are pursuing studies in a graduate or undergraduate program a...

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