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 By KB Schaller    Life Story 

Danielle Palomino

On May 6, 1946, the Church of the Indian Fellowship (CIF) was organized in Washington State's Puyallup (People of the Clear Salt Water) Reservation as a Presbyterian mission founded... — Updated 3/26/2024

 By Carroll Hill    Life Story 

From Abuse to a Forever Family

I'm from the Mohawk tribe, my dad is from the Mohawk tribe. I came from Maine originally. I was born on February 13, 1939. In the spring of that year, my grandmother came downstate... — Updated 3/26/2024


Abandoned, then accepted

My testimony is really that with God all things are possible. Without God, I would never be able to do any of the things that I'm doing today. A lot of my story has to do with the struggles I faced as a young girl growing up with... — Updated 1/22/2024

 By KB Schaller    Life Story

LeeAnn Dreadfulwater, b. 3/3/1962

LeeAnn Dreadfulwater could be described as a woman who "wears many hats." Although little is shared via the media regarding her family and personal life, LeeAnn does not mind... — Updated 1/22/2024

 By KB Schaller    Life Story

Mary L. Smith

The American Bar Association (ABA) made history in 2023 when it installed Mary L. Smith as its first ever female Native American president. Prior to Smith's election to the... — Updated 12/1/2023


Choosing to Believe

Although I am a member of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in north-central Saskatchewan, I didn't grow up there. My mother, Noreen, was from Ahtahkakoop, and my father, Donald, from Poundmaker Cree Nation. We never lived on a reserve becau... — Updated 12/1/2023



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

 By Josh Dueck    Life Story

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 wor... — 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


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


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