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Did you ever feel like someone stomped on your chest, trampling on your heart? Ever feel all alone and no one really cares? As a single mom with young children and pre-teens, Ruth Kathleen Smith (Laughing Water) felt that way. One... — Updated 9/9/2016


Seasons of Wounded Heart

To the many of you who are feeling lonely and forgotten as you sit in your cells and rooms, I say "hello." This is a small way I can reach out to those who are in what seems to be... — Updated 7/19/2016


A Thoughtful Look at Life

My father would have been sixty years old. I wish we got to celebrate his birthday one more time. Although, this is that chance, isn't it, to celebrate him? Celebrate my Dad's... — Updated 5/14/2016


From Fatherless to Manliness

There is a common thread which runs through the frayed cord of men, not only in our time and the last many generations, but in time immemorial: our fathers. Whether good or bad or... — Updated 5/14/2016



Tonto finds the near dead Ranger and with Good Samaritan care nursed him back to health. This is one of the gifts God has bestowed on Chief Silverheels-to reach, to touch, to... — Updated 3/23/2016

 By Helen Worm    Life Story

Learning to love and accept myself helped me overcome fear

i'm Cree and I was born on the Kawacatoose First Nation near Quentin, Saskatchewan. My dad was born in 1923 and my mother in 1930. My parents went to Residential School for eight ye... — Updated 1/16/2016


My Hometown

My hometown village wasn't much to brag about-no roads, no cars, no airport, no fast food restaurants or movie theatre. All we had was an outdoor toilet, a cozy home with family... — Updated 11/14/2015

 By Alvin Favel    Life Story

Tale of a Young Neechee

Once upon a time, there was a young Neechee who thought he knew it all. He would boast about his good grades in school and how he made the honor roll many times for his great achiev... — Updated 11/14/2015


Called by Creator for a purpose

"The doctor who came from the valley into our log cabin in the hills looked at me, threw up his hands, and whispered to my father, 'You send him away. He doesn't belong in the... — Updated 11/14/2015


Abandoned but not forsaken

Born in Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan, almost on the border between Manitoba and Saskatchewan, it's so far north that if you go much further north, you'll hit the Northwest Territories. I... — Updated 9/10/2015


I swore I would die before I'd...

Most of my life, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with Christianity, Christians or the Christian practice because of the historical oppression committed against Native/Indigenous... — Updated 8/1/2015


"Is that You, God?"

I am from a small town in South Dakota called Eagle Butte. I am a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Our tribe is back to back with the Standing Rock Indian. Reservation. So... — Updated 8/1/2015


Pensmoke-The Outcast

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... — Updated 5/11/2015

 By KB Schaller    Life Story

Alaska's "Rosa Parks": Alberta Schenck (1928-2009)

Alberta Daisy Schenck was born in Nome, Alaska, to Albert Schenck, a Euro-American Army veteran of World War One, and Mary Pushruk-Schenck of Native Inupiat heritage. Although... — Updated 3/15/2015


My Story: Beauty for Ashes

I've known dysfunction since I was a little girl. My mother was a loving, devoted Christian, but my father was a man haunted by his own scars, and those scars often filled our... — Updated 3/15/2015


My amazing adventure

My name is Crystal Steinhauer and I was born in Merritt, British Columbia, and grew up on the Coldwater Reserve. My parents are Faran and Vivian Steinhauer. My dad is from the Saddl... — Updated 3/15/2015


A Warrior brave enough to face the challenge

Several years ago I attended a small United Methodist church in Michigan. I had just begun my work in Native American ministry. During that time frame I had an experience that... — Updated 1/17/2015

 By Wayne Leman    Life Story

When Cheyennes Helped Me

Twenty five years ago, our mission administrator told us he was requiring us to move from the Cheyenne reservation to one of our mission centers to get counseling. It was a shock... — Updated 12/4/2014


One More Prairie Christmas

Christmas was the most memorable time during my childhood years on the prairies. It was uncomplicated but valuable, humble but rich. Each one special to our family. Every member... — Updated 12/2/2014


I Proved the Doctors Wrong

The doctor was talking to my mother as they stood beside my bed. She was upset and the doctor was trying to comfort her. "I'm sorry, Mrs. Williams, but we've done all we can for... — Updated 10/12/2014


Memories and hope

Bernice Sondrup, who has had contact with thousands of prostitutes over her years of ministry, says Crossfire volunteers would have talked to everyone of the 54. Scanning a sheet... — Updated 10/12/2014


From Pain to Purpose

When Karen Meekis first heard about a support group for survivors of sexual abuse, she jumped at the opportunity. “I felt like it was my last resort or I was going to go crazy. I wanted healing so bad I was prepared to fight for... — Updated 10/12/2014


Faith Pruning

I remember how I helped my mother and loved working in the garden with her as a young child. It gave us time together. As we worked, she always told a story. I guess what I didn't... — Updated 10/12/2014


Every marriage and family are different but....

We celebrated our ten-year anniversary much like we've celebrated the previous nine, traveling to reservations and ministering to Native people who are dealing with the same... — Updated 7/23/2014


Outstanding Native Women

The daughter of sharecroppers Johnson and Gaynell Jacobs, Judy Jacobs (Lumbee Tribe) was born in Lumberton, North Carolina, and is the youngest of twelve children. Her family,... — Updated 3/15/2014


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