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 By David Burke    News

UMC elects denomination's first Native American bishop

HOUSTON-The Rev. David Wilson was elected as bishop in The United Methodist Church's South Central Jurisdictional Conference, becoming the denomination's first Native American bishop. Delegates elected Wilson, age 59, Nov. 2 at... — Updated 11/28/2022


Haskell Indian Nations University receives largest National Science Foundation award ever given to a tribal college or university

WASHINGTON-Haskell Indian Nations University, a Bureau of Indian Education-operated Tribal University in Lawrence, Kansas, is the recipient of a $20 million award from the National Science Foundation for an Indigenous science hub... — Updated 11/28/2022


Inuit population shifting

OTTAWA, Ont.-More Inuit live in southern Canada and more of these Inuit are living in urban centres, said a Statistics Canada survey on Indigenous population growth in Canada. In 2021, 15.3 per cent of Inuit lived in a large urban... — Updated 11/28/2022


Canada unveils stamps focusing on Indigenous creators and reconciliation

OTTAWA, Ont.-This fall, Canada Post unveiled four new stamps that encourage awareness and reflection on the tragic legacy of Indian residential schools and the need for healing and... — Updated 11/28/2022

 By Morgan Fischer    News

Tribal boarding schools much improved, but legacy of old schools remains

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Pope Francis apologized. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland called it a "heartbreaking" part of U.S. history. Congress is considering legislation to atone for the... — Updated 11/28/2022


Tribes reclaim rights to manage coastal land

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Five California tribes will reclaim their right to manage coastal land significant to their history under a first-in-the-nation program backed with $3.6 million... — Updated 11/28/2022


What's Up with ILM?

The Gift of Reconciliation" conference, hosted by ILM, is happening December 16–18! Starting on Friday evening, we will enjoy fellowship, food, teaching by Mario Swampy, and... — Updated 11/28/2022


Southern Baptists make statement at annual meeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-When Southern Baptist denomination met in their annual meeting in June 2022, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution decrying the historic assimilation and treatment of Native Americans in the United... — Updated 9/30/2022


Statistics Canada report released, including Indigenous data

OTTAWA, Ont.-In late September, Statistics Canada presented reports based on the 2021 census. The census report includes expected, and surprising data, on the Indigenous population... — Updated 9/30/2022

 By Tori Gantz    News

Tribal officials: Court ruling poses 'real threat' to sovereignty, safety

WASHINGTON-Indigenous leaders called on Congress September 20 to reverse a Supreme Court ruling that expands states' ability to prosecute crimes on tribal land, a ruling they said t... — Updated 9/30/2022

 By Beth Hall Davis    News

A Little Earth pillar

Every city needs a few "pillars of the community," or people who serve to build bridges and support belonging and morale. For Little Earth in Minneapolis, one of those pillars is T.J. Valtierra. As a pastor's kid, Valtierra knew... — Updated 9/30/2022


'Decade of Chickasaw Language' designated

ADA, Okla.—The decade spanning 2022–2032 is designated “Chikashshanompa’ Ilanompoli’! (Let’s Speak Chickasaw!): A Decade of Chickasaw Language” thanks to a recent gubernatorial proclamation issued by Chickasaw Nation... — Updated 9/30/2022


October 15, 2022 at 5pm

Is it in your calendars yet to attend Indian Life's upcoming fundraising banquet? If not, head on over to our website at or give us a call at 1-800-665-9275 to change... — Updated 9/30/2022


Anishinabek Police Service adds ribbon skirt to uniform options

GARDEN RIVER, Ont.-The Anishinabek Police Service now has a new offering in their line of uniforms. It is reportedly the first law enforcement agency in Ontario to allow police to wear ribbon skirts for events and ceremonies when... — Updated 9/30/2022


650 U.S. sites have offensive names changed

WASHINGTON, D.C-The Department of the Interior recently announced that the Board on Geographic Names (BGN) has voted on the final replacement names for nearly 650 geographic areas featuring the word "squaw." The government is... — Updated 9/30/2022


Train service commemorates Orange Shirt Day

North Bay, Ont.-For the second year in a row, a railroad engine has been painted orange and lettered "Every Child Matters" to commemorate Orange Shirt Day. In mid-September, 2021,... — Updated 9/30/2022


CDC announced life expectancy drop among Native Americans and Alaska Natives

WASHINGTON, D.C.-According to a report released in September 2022 by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Native Americans and Alaska Natives saw the biggest life... — Updated 9/30/2022


National Navajo Code Talkers Museum breaks ground

TSE BONITO, N.M.-The National Navajo Code Talkers Museum is closer to being a reality. On August 2022, National Navajo Code Talkers Day, workers will break ground on a 400-acre... — Updated 8/5/2022


What's up with ILM?

After a two year hiatus, due to the worldwide pandemic, and two years since Todd and I joined Indian Life, we are excited to announce that our annual banquet is back! Since coming... — Updated 8/5/2022


Coming Events

In the coming months, you can meet Indian Life staff at these events! Make sure you stop by and say, "Hi!" October 7–8: Steer Conference-North Dakota, United States STEER is an... — Updated 8/5/2022


Pope visits Canada to meet with Indigenous people

Winnipeg, Man.-In July, Pope Francis launched an historic six-day tour in Canada that has been dubbde as the "apology tour" or "pilgrimage of penance." The focus of the Roman... — Updated 8/5/2022


Native American undergraduates in Arizona to receive free tuition

TUSCON, Ariz.-Undergraduate students from the state's 22 federally recognized Native American tribes will no longer have to pay tuition and mandatory fees at the University of... — Updated 8/5/2022


More than a hotline: 988 meant to ease access to mental health services

PHOENIX-Mental health emergencies in the United States haven't gotten the attention and support they require, resulting in increased suicide rates over past decades-particularly... — Updated 8/5/2022


A time for building love

ILM co-sponsors retreat for Indigenous couples RED DEER, Alb.-On June 3–5, 2022, Indian Life Ministries, Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Family Life Canada joined... — Updated 8/5/2022


First Indigenous person chosen to lead Canadian Army

OTTAWA-The Department of National Defence recently announced the appointment of Lt.-Gen. Jocelyn Paul as the commander of the Canadian Army. Paul is the first Indigenous person to... — Updated 8/5/2022


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