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 By K.B. Schaller    Features

De facto ambassador between the Cherokee and Euro-Americans

In the Cherokee society of her day, Nanyehi (One who goes about) was known in the English language as Nancy Ward. There are seven clans of the Cherokee: Wolf, Bird, Deer, Long Hair,... — Updated 9/9/2016



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Mokahum Ministry Center: Building the Church among Native Americans

A young man from Pikangikum, ON, with an insatiable hunger for God's word and a lot of questions that need answering. A Lakota father from Pine Ridge, SD, who wants to become a... — Updated 7/19/2016


Day of Beauty, Celebration, and Remembrance

Powwows are filled with color, rhythm, and sounds. Creative gifts given by Creator and entrusted to Indigenous People.... — Updated 7/19/2016


Creativity and color spring from behind prison walls

INDIAN LIFE receives miniature "masterpieces" from men and women on a regular basis. If we were to publish all the artwork we receive, it would fill several issues of our newspaper... — Updated 7/19/2016


GIDI Birthday Celebration

On Sunday February 14 2014, GIDI celebrated their 53rd anniversary. It was held in the soccer stadium in the highland town Wamena, and attended by thousands from all over the... — Updated 5/14/2016

 By K.B. Schaller    Features

Only woman to declare war against the United States of America

Born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho April 26, 1936 Amelia "Amy" Trice was the daughter of Helen and Baptiste Cutsack. She attended the Kootenai (KOOT-nee) Tribal School, Chemewa Indian... — Updated 5/14/2016


One who was dead comes back to life

The soldiers who were guarding Creator Sets Free began to mock and beat Him with their fists. They put a blindfold over His eyes, "Prophesy to us! Tell us who struck You!" they... — Updated 3/30/2016

 By Evelyn Horan    Features


"Joe, I don't think you should try it," Grandma said, sitting on the left side of the pontoon river raft with her feet propped up against the inflated rubber tubing. "What if you fa... — Updated 3/24/2016

 By K.B.Schaller    Features

Coach of "The World's Greatest Girls' Basketball Team"

When William Winslow, M.D., arrived at abandoned Fort Shaw (Montana) in April 1892 to start an Indian School, he immediately instituted physical culture classes for boys as part of... — Updated 1/17/2016

 By Marlane Mazur    Features

My Wind Song for today

There isn't anything that can clear my mind better than a walk along the lake, "Beside My Still Waters". Today I needed to go for one of those walks. Without realizing it, some... — Updated 1/17/2016


The Rise and Popularity of Tiger Tiger

Q) How do you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it yet? What gives your music such a powerful sound? A) My music reflects my past experiences with all types of music,... — Updated 1/17/2016

 By K.B.Schaller    Features

Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail (1903-1981)

Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail was born on the Crow Indian Reservation near Pryor, Montana to Walking Bear (Crow Tribe) and Jane White Horse (Sioux). When she graduated from Boston... — Updated 11/14/2015


"Look to the North" Grandfather said

Annusik was being taught the tradition of oral story telling by his grandfather, a wise Elder. "I am a story teller of the old ways," said Grandfather. "Listen to what I say. I... — Updated 9/10/2015

 By K.B. Schaller    Features

Outstanding Native Women

• Placed herself on the frontline to save her village • Focus of documentary movie, Kivalina v. Exxon Colleen Swan was born and reared in Kivalina, Alaska a largely Inupiat... — Updated 9/10/2015


Evoking memories of the past through mixed media

These extraordinary paintings are by Dakota/Ojibwe, Linus Woods, from the Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba. Linus is a winner of the Peace Hills Trust Company Art Competition... — Updated 8/1/2015

 By Evelyn Horan    Features

Showing respect to Creator God

Sometimes I find myself so involved in an exciting conversation with others that I've gotten into a bad habit of including an exclamatory phrase that uses God's name. When I'm... — Updated 8/1/2015

 By K.B. Schaller    Features

A spiritual and diplomatic leader

Viola Jimulla (1878–1966) was the Chief of the Prescott Yavapai tribe. She became Chief when her husband, who was also a Chief of the tribe, died in an accident in 1940. She... — Updated 8/1/2015


Under His Wings

He who lives in the safe place of the Most High will be in the shadow of the All-powerful. I will say to Creator, "You are my safe and strong place, my Chief, in Whom I trust." For... — Updated 5/12/2015

 By KB Schaller    Features

Irene Bedard

*The voice and model for animated movie Pocahontas. *Named by People Magazine, "One of the World's Most Beautiful People". Irene Bedard (Métis/Cree/Inuit) was born in Anchorage... — Updated 5/12/2015


Carrying a message of hope to Alaska and beyond

GALENA, AK-Once again Carry the Cure's Iditarod Tour was a huge success as the team of thirteen flew to several remote villages to hold concerts and speak in various school... — Updated 5/12/2015


Whiteout: Adventure from the Past

This year marks 33 years since this accident happened which claimed the life of pilot James Andres and critically injured Linda Fortin. We thought you would like Don Monkman's artis... — Updated 3/21/2015


Merry Heart is good medicine

DK: You've made us laugh a lot on PBS, "Comics Unleashed," "The Latino Laugh Festival," on the Showtime special, "Goin' Native: The American Indian Comedy Slam" and on the "Powwow... — Updated 3/31/2015



"I know what it is like to lose your tongue, husband," I whisper into Joe's left ear. I remember that ride from Oklahoma to North Carolina, my too-long legs curled into the metal... — Updated 3/31/2015

 By Brian Nixon    Features

The Song of Blue Water

BERNILILLO, NEW MEXICO-In an email composer John Michael Luther sent to me, he mentioned that his new home he recently moved into sits near-or on-an ancient Native American pueblo.... — Updated 3/31/2015


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