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 By K.B. Schaller    Life Story 

Jillian Weir, Indigenous Olympian

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics--celebrated in 2021 because of concerns for further spread of the COVID-19 Virus and Delta variant-can boast of the highest number of Indigenous... — Updated 10/4/2021

 

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

 

Judy Baker (b. 1943)

• Seminole Palmetto Doll Artist • Folk Historian Judy Baker learned the craft of Seminole palmetto doll-making from her grandmother and mother, and began crafting the dolls... — Updated 9/2/2021

 

Amazing Grace

Praise the Lord, 0 my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. (Psalm 103:1, NIV) I was about five years old when I got sent on a bus to residential school. I don't... — Updated 9/2/2021

 

Eternity in My Heart

At age four, I was taken from my home by the Children's Aid Society. They placed me in about seven different foster homes in the space of two years because I kept running away, tryi... — Updated 6/16/2021

 

Mary Killman (b. 4.9.1991)

• Olympian, Synchronized Swimmer • Silver Medalist, Pan American Games • 2001 Synchro Athlete of the Year* Although born in Ada, Oklahoma and reared in Texas, swimming... — Updated 6/7/2021

 

Outstanding Native Women

• First Indigenous Canadian Woman to own and operate an airline • Included in DC Comics graphic novel Wonder Women of History "Dream it, design it, do it," Teara Fraser, who is... — Updated 3/27/2021

 

God Knows Me

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Psalm... — Updated 3/27/2021

 
 By Bill Miller    Life Story

Tumbling Down a Dark Staircase

My childhood was dark. First memories are pretty negative. I'm the firstborn of nine children. What I remember of my childhood was fighting, drunkenness and pain. I have a lot of... — Updated 2/2/2021

 

Outstanding Native Women

Deb Haaland, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna People, was born in Winslow, Arizona into a military family. Her father, J.D. "Dutch" Haaland, a Norwegian-American, was a... — Updated 12/8/2020

 

From Victim to Victory

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free for sure. John 8:36 NLV In 1983, I was charged with first-degree murder. At the time, I was so messed up with drugs, that half the time I didn't really know what I was doing. I thought... — Updated 12/8/2020

 

Back from the Bottom of Life

Perhaps like DeBora Gurno, you feel you’ve reached the bottom of your life. But you are not alone. Your Father in heaven is waiting for you to turn to Him through Jesus Christ. He is longing for you to enter a relationship with... — Updated 12/8/2020

 

OUTSTANDING NATIVE WOMEN

• First woman in her tribe to earn a Medical Doctor degree • Honored with the name of Medicine Victory Woman by her Blackfeet Tribe Mary DesRosier states that she sees the face... — Updated 10/14/2020

 
 By Jack White    Life Story

The Crying Warrior

You were chosen by God the Father long ago. He knew you were to become His children. You were set apart for holy living by the Holy Spirit. May you obey Jesus Christ and be made... — Updated 10/13/2020

 

Healing Through Jesus Being My Crutch

Over the course of the last five years I have had knee replacement surgeries on each of my knees. I had the surgeries because of chronic pain in the knee joints, arthritis in the... — Updated 8/6/2020

 

Ramona Harjo (February 5, 1938–February 5, 2005) and Josh Harjo

It is always refreshing to see or hear of a husband and wife team, especially Native American, in faith-based, Christian ministry. Such is the case of Josh (full blood Creek) and... — Updated 8/6/2020

 

Power to Conquer Pain and Suffering

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13 NIV Each of us is on a... — Updated 8/6/2020

 

Outstanding Native Women

• Activist • Author • Musician • Educator • Reformer *Co-composed the first Native American Opera* "For untold ages the Indian race had not used family names. A new-born... — Updated 6/15/2020

 
 By David Glenn    Life Story

Being the Dad I Never Had

A father to the fatherless, defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. -Psalm 68:5 NIV In 1998, my life hit rock bottom. An active member of a criminal organization, a drunk,... — Updated 6/12/2020

 

Outstanding Native Women

• Ordained Deacon • Conference Speaker • Head Pastor When the average person thinks of a deacon or head pastor, the image of a kindly white male generally comes to mind.... — Updated 4/9/2020

 

Walking on Thin Ice

As you have put your trust in Christ Jesus the Lord to Save you from the punishment of sin, now let Him lead you in every step. -Colossians 2:6 NLV In the fall of 1986, my cousin... — Updated 4/8/2020

 

Outstanding Native Women

• First Native American woman to direct a full-length film • Co-founder, Tribal Alliance Productions When Georgina Lightning was 18 years old, her father-who had displayed... — Updated 4/8/2020

 

Truth, Trust and Transformation

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine... — Updated 4/8/2020

 

Fern Cloud, Pastor

"So many of our people were told they couldn't be Christian and Indian; they had to choose," Fern Cloud discloses. Similar beliefs by Euro-Americans in the past have prohibited... — Updated 4/7/2020

 

A Mohawk Peacemaker

I have told you these things so you may have peace in Me. In the world you will have much trouble. But take hope! I have power over the world! John 16:33, NLV "Rycki!" I shouted to... — Updated 4/7/2020

 

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