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New law excuses Native American students for cultural ceremonies

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-A new California education law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom will allow Native American students to be excused from school so they can participate in cultural... — Updated 11/23/2021


Infrastructure bill invests in Native needs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act recently passed by Congress will deliver $550 billion in new federal investments across the country in... — Updated 11/23/2021


Teepees lit to represent 12 tribes

GREAT FALLS, Mont.-In Great Falls, Montana, the public school administrators have set up 12 teepees to represent the 12 tribes of Montana. The structures will remain in place, overlooking the city, thoughout the month of November.... — Updated 11/22/2021

 By Keegan Williams    News 

God and sweet tea

NORMAN, Okla.-Resilient. That's the word used to describe Kim Holmes by the people who know her best. Holmes, a property manager for the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, has lost 20 blood relatives and many more friends... — Updated 11/22/2021

 By Gianluca DElia    News 

How one warrior mobilized to deliver water to the Navajo Nation

PHOENIX-Not long after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in 2020, Zoel Zohnnie was laid off from his pipe welding job. But the Tuba City, Arizona native knew other members of the Nav... — Updated 11/22/2021


Government recognizes tribes in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn.-During Native American Heritage Month, the government in Minnesota has acknowledged the 12 tribes of the state in a new way. In Northeastern Minnesota, state... — Updated 11/22/2021

 By Sasha Lavoie    News 

Trauma can be passed down through generations

CALGARY, Alb.-Traumas experienced by Indigenous Peoples due to residential schools and colonization can be passed down through generations, even among those now living in a... — Updated 11/22/2021


On the Road

At Indian Life Ministries, we wholly believe in the power of relationship. This is why, now that travel restrictions have opened up, Indian Life has been travelling! We are getting around to meet people and connect, let people know... — Updated 11/22/2021


Fires break records, displace First Nations

TORONTO, Ont.-In the summer of 2021, Ontario forest fires burned a record area of land. Nearly 800,000 hectacres of land burned in northwestern Ontario, which surpassed the record... — Updated 11/22/2021

 By Steve Rees    News 

Christian Native Americans seek formal U.S. apology, reconciliation

Washington, D.C.-Christian Native Americans are leading an effort of reconciliation and forgiveness over the U.S. Government's 230-year treatment of native peoples. "The Apology,"... — Updated 11/22/2021


ILM Hosts Reconciliation Conference

WINNIPEG, Man.-Indian Life Ministries is holding their first "Let's Talk About Reconciliation" conference. "At Indian Life Ministries, we want to take reconciliation from a big... — Updated 11/22/2021


Canadian government boosts language programs

BRENTWOOD BAY, B.C.—The Department of Canadian Heritage has recently invested $6.86 million in First Nations language programs through the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC). That brings the total investment from the... — Updated 11/22/2021


Indigenous legal traditions receive federal boost

Ottawa, Ont.-Indigenous law in Ontario is getting a federal boost. The federal government is earmarking funds for projects that are expected to help revitalize Indigenous legal traditions. Justice Minister David Lametti says... — Updated 10/4/2021

 By Joseph Perez    News

Run the land: Native women across the U.S. take to the roads and trails

TUCSON-"Getting lost is the best part of trail running," Marlinda Bedonie said with a chuckle as we shielded our eyes from the morning sun, searching for our cars. We spoke on a... — Updated 10/4/2021

 By Jeff Brumley    News

"Marker events" leave scars whether visible or not, psychologist explains

Marker events-especially the scary ones like the assassination of John F. Kennedy, 9-11 and Hurricane Ida-always leave some form of an emotional scar, even in those who weren't... — Updated 10/4/2021

 By Mackenzie Wilkes    News

Yurok Tribe in Northern California grows solutions in soil of crises

KLAMATH, Calif.-A drought, a virus and a landslide-these concurrent crises have worsened the food insecurity of Northern California's Yurok Tribe and spurred some members to... — Updated 10/4/2021


What's up with ILM

Change seems to be constant in life doesn't it? Change is good, but with it brings the need to say goodbye, and hello. It is time for our accountant, Sam Holukoff, to say goodbye... — Updated 10/4/2021


Navajo Code Talkers Day becomes state holiday

PHOENIX-Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona recently signed SB 1802 into law, recognizing August 14th as National Navajo Code Talkers Day and a state holiday. During World War II, the... — Updated 10/4/2021


Chickasaw woman gets USDA post, one in a string of Indigenous nominees

WASHINGTON-For the first time in history, an Indigenous woman is overseeing U.S. agriculture law. Janie Simms Hipp, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, was confirmed July 30 by the... — Updated 10/4/2021

 By Gail Strange    News

Native Americans rate high on getting vaccinations

LOUISVILLE-COVID-19 has ravaged the Navajo Nation, killing Native Americans at a faster rate than any other community in the country. According to a report published earlier this... — Updated 10/4/2021

 By Emma Ascott    News

U.S. Indigenous boarding schools to be investigated

PHOENIX-When the Phoenix Indian School was established in 1891, the top federal administrator considered it a budgetary win to send Native American children to boarding schools to... — Updated 10/4/2021


Experts recommend Indigenous-led prescribed burns to help reduce wildfire risks

VICTORIA, B.C.-As another year of long-burning, uncontrolled wildfires decimates portions of the U.S. and Canada-even threatening the world's oldest trees, located in... — Updated 10/1/2021


Canadians recognize first official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

OTTAWA—On September 30, 2021 Canadians recognized the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honors the lost children and survivors of residential schools,... — Updated 10/1/2021

 By Brooke Newman    News

Supreme Court rules in favor of tribal police

WASHINGTON-Tribal police have the authority to detain non-Natives traveling through reservation land if the officer has a reasonable belief that the suspect violated state or... — Updated 9/2/2021


Inuk leader named as first Indigenous Governor General

OTTAWA-Inuk leader and former ambassador Mary Simon has been chosen as the next governor general. She is the first Indigenous person ever to be appointed to the role. Prime Minister... — Updated 9/2/2021


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