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John 11:35: "Jesus wept!" The shortest verse in the Bible, yet profoundly moving in lowliness of heart. He knew the circumstances surrounding the death of Lazarus, yet He wept. He w... — Updated 9/15/2023


Ramona Lynn Sakiestewa, b. 1948

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... — Updated 7/14/2023


Something bigger going on

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... — Updated 7/14/2023


Lucy M. Lewis, ca. 1890-1992

Lucy Martin Lewis was born in a mesa in Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, to Lola Santiago and Martin Ortiz. Her actual birthdate is unknown. But when the eldest son, Ivan, joined the... — Updated 5/17/2023


I took a look at myself

Coming from a large family, I am the youngest of eight children. My mom was from Saddle Lake First Nation in Alberta. Her first husband died fairly young from a heart attack, after which she moved to Edmonton where she met and... — Updated 5/17/2023


Lynette Stant, Classroom Instructor

Third grade classroom teacher Lynette Stant, member of the Navajo Nation, grew up in Tuba City on the Navajo Reservation. She is a 15-year veteran instructor on the Salt River... — Updated 3/20/2023


Promises for every situation

I grew up at Big Trout Lake, an isolated village in northwestern Ontario. When I was a child no one there spoke English, and I spoke only the Oji-Cree language until I was 12 years... — Updated 3/20/2023

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I didn't run away

I grew up in southern Manitoba, mostly in adoptive care and some foster care. Where I grew up there were no other Indigenous people, except for other kids who were in adoptive or... — Updated 3/20/2023


Jana Schmieding, Writer, Podcaster Actor, Comedian

• Lead character in TV sitcom, Rutherford Falls • Host for Women of Size Miniconjou and Sicangu Lakota actor, writer and comedian Jana Schmieding is known primarily for her... — Updated 1/27/2023


My World Came Crashing Down

When you stand to pray, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your sins also. If you do not forgive them their sins, your Father... — Updated 1/27/2023


Abigail Echo-Hawk, M.A.

Shortly after Abigail Echo-Hawk, M.A., began her job as director of Urban Indian Health in 2016, she was astonished at what she discovered when she opened a file drawer. Inside the... — Updated 11/28/2022


Those Defining Moments

I was born in Winnipeg but within a year, my parents moved to Spirit River, Alberta. My mom had been married twice and her first husband had an affair and abandoned her and her... — Updated 11/28/2022


Free at Last

The power of the Holy Spirit has made me free from the power of sin and death. This power is mine because I belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:2 NLV Standing less than one hundred... — Updated 9/30/2022


Jocelyne Larocque, b. May 19, 1988

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... — Updated 8/5/2022


Words of Encouragement

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... — Updated 8/5/2022


Jourdan Bennett-Begaye

Hailing from New Mexico, Jourdan Bennett-Begaye is a Diné (Navajo) citizen who identifies as the Towering House Clan, The Coyote Pass Clan of Jemez, The Mexican Clan and also The... — Updated 6/23/2022


Family Matters: Your Family is Worth Fighting For

We all have hopes and dreams for our families and a vision for what we want our families to be like. We want our homes to be a place where everyone feels safe, loved and respected.... — Updated 6/23/2022


I Wanted to Impress My Friends

Everyone makes decisions that they wish they could change. There are things that you've done in the past that make you mad that you ever did them. Yet there's freedom from the hate... — Updated 6/23/2022


God Knows Me

I remember standing out one night in my aunt's yard just looking at stars and thinking about the great God who created all things. At 9 or 10 years of age, I almost had a little... — Updated 6/23/2022


Mary Killman (b. 4.9.1991)

Although born in Ada, Oklahoma and reared in Texas, swimming champion Mary Killman is also a citizen of the Oklahoma Citizen Potawatomi Nation. At age 11, as a member of the Santa... — Updated 6/23/2022


Laura Waterman Wittstock (1937-2021)

While others trusted her as a confidant, innovator, mentor, and friend, to her family, Laura Waterman-married to Lloyd Wittstock for a time-was called "a great mother" by her five... — Updated 3/28/2022


Coming Full Circle

God can give you all you need. He will give you more than enough. You will have everything you need for yourself. And you will have enough left over to give when there is a need. 2... — Updated 3/28/2022


Jana Schmieding: Writer, Podcaster Actor, Comedian

Miniconjou and Sicangu Lakota actor, writer and comedian Jana Schmieding is known primarily for her work in the Rutherford Falls sitcom where she plays Reagan, the lead character.... — Updated 11/23/2021


Thankful to be Alive

Do not worry. Do not keep saying, 'What will we eat?' or, 'What will we drink?' or, 'What will we wear? The people who do not know God are looking for all these things. Your Father... — Updated 11/22/2021


A Life Turned Right-side Up

My life and family were upside down. My parents loved each other but alcohol drove them apart. Drink turned my dad into a monster, hitting and speaking terribly to my mom. My... — Updated 10/4/2021


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