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Chickasaw Nation Offers Homeschool Options

CHICKASAW NATION, Okla.-The Chickasaw Nation is one of the first tribes to create classes to specifically help homeschooled students and those enrolled in online charger schools. The Chickasaw Nation Fit Force and STEM Home-School... — Updated 12/1/2023


New Juvenile Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Program finishes first cohort

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-The Cherokee Nation Department of Juvenile Justice is empowering tribal youth to cope with and overcome their substance and alcohol-related use as well as other delinquent issues through a new program focusing on... — Updated 12/1/2023

 By Lux Butler    News 

Arizona teens share passions with others at White House Tribal Youth Forum

WASHINGTON-Gabriella Nakai said she has tackled the challenges facing Indigenous communities on her own, but that being surrounded by others who share her passion makes the load a... — Updated 12/1/2023

 By Mary Dickson    News 

Every Story Matters . . . including Yours

On September 15–17, 2023, Indian Life Ministries held their 2023 conference in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Cliff Bird provided keynote addresses, while Kene and Milly Jackson... — Updated 12/1/2023


IHS awards $1.5 million to address alzheimer's disease on World Alzheimer's Day

WASHINGTON-On World Alzheimer's Day in September, the Indian Health Service reaffirmed its commitment to building tribal and urban Indian health system capacity to address... — Updated 12/1/2023


Tribal housing project breaks ground on reclaimed 1796 Treaty lands

AKWESASNE-The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe announced that construction has started on the first tribal housing units on reacquired treaty lands-a major step forward in providing... — Updated 12/1/2023


Directors' Corner

We were so honored that so many dear friends joined us for Indian Life Ministries' annual fundraising banquet, as you've already read about in this newspaper. At the banquet, we... — Updated 12/1/2023


Oklahoma tribes, IHS, state and area communities work together on American rescue plan water projects

TULSA, Okla.-Oklahoma tribes, the state of Oklahoma, Indian Health Service (IHS) and communities are working together utilizing American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds in a unified... — Updated 12/1/2023


First Indigenous premier includes Christian, First Nations elements in ceremony

WINNIPEG, Manitoba-On October 18, Wabanakwut "Wab" Kinew was sworn in as Manitoba's 25th premier-and as the first First Nations premier of a Canadian province. During the... — Updated 12/1/2023

 By Lux Butler    News 

Hopi leader tells panel financial hurdles put aid out of reach

WASHINGTON-The chairman of the Hopi tribe told a Senate panel Wednesday that promises of federal funding remain just that-promises-for smaller tribes for whom the money is... — Updated 12/1/2023


ILM Offers Two New Books!

Indian Life Ministries is excited to announce two new books by Craig and LaDonna Smith now available: Indigenous Faith... — Updated 12/1/2023


New federal funding to revitalize, promote Native languages

WASHINGTON-In mid-October, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chair of the... — Updated 12/1/2023


Indian Life Ministries launches Council Fire devotional book

LANGDON, Alb.-Indian Life Ministries is excited to announce that the Council Fire devotional book is now ready to be ordered. This is presumed to be the first 365-day devotional to be written exclusively by Indigenous followers of... — Updated 12/1/2023


ILM banquet celebrates another year of ministry

In late October, Indian Life Ministries hosted a conference in Winnipeg for all those who support, or are interested in supporting, the outreach of ILM. The banquet was attended by... — Updated 12/1/2023


As a new term starts, New York schools begin to see changes

ALBANY, N.Y.-This fall, the stadiums and playing fields will start to look different at many New York schools. Last April, the state Board of Regents adopted regulations... — Updated 9/15/2023


Facebook owners block Canadian news, affect Indigenous sources

OTTAWA, Ont.-Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram started blocking Canadian news, including Indigenous groups, on their social media platforms on August 1. Meta has acknowledged the action as a response to the Online... — Updated 9/15/2023

 By Andrew Weibe    News

Zoom's scrapped proposal to mine user data causes concern about our virtual and private Indigenous Knowledge

TORONTO, Ont.-Zoom recently attempted to rewrite its Terms of Service with ambiguous language that would permit the extraction of user data for the purpose of training AI. However,... — Updated 9/15/2023

 By Sophia Biazus    News

Group mentor program in Tucson teaches male youth about healthy relationships

TUCSON, Ariz.-A mentoring program is using talking circles, adventure outings and overnight camping trips to help young men develop positive and healthy relationships. The Boys to... — Updated 9/15/2023


Coming Events

If you're attending these events, come by and meet us! If you would like ILM to participate in your event, contact Krystal at STEER Conference-Oct. 6–7,... — Updated 9/15/2023 Full story


New report says Indigenous children more susceptible to threats.

CALGARY, Alb.-By some measurements, the quality of life for Canadian children-especially Indigenous children-has diminished, according to the sixth annual "Raising Canada" report... — Updated 9/15/2023


Federal development funds will let Oklahoma tribes expand access to capital

WASHINGTON-Three Oklahoma tribal nations will receive more than 40% of the initial $73 million in funding from a federal small business initiative that for the first time is being... — Updated 9/15/2023


Indigenous community turns fish into veggies

COLVILLE LAKE, NWT-What do you do when you need to use gardens to grow food, but little soil is available? That can be a huge problem when you live on the Canadian Shield-the largest mass of exposed rock on the Earth. One... — Updated 9/15/2023


Prepare to Enter the Warmth of the Council Fire!

Some people think of fall days as lazy and sleepy since the air gets cooler and the sun doesn't shine as much. But our days couldn't be busier right now at Indian Life Ministries.... — Updated 9/15/2023


First Nations group declares state of emergency regarding mental health and addictions

FORT MCMURRAY, AB- A First Nations group in northern Alberta has declared a state of emergency and launched a task force to tackle an escalating mental health and addictions crisis... — Updated 9/15/2023 Full story


Wildfire season breaks records

LANGDON, Alb.-Data is still being processed, but even before June, the summer 2023 wildfire season in Canada started breaking records-and especially affecting Indigenous... — Updated 9/15/2023 Full story


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