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 By Deagan Urbatsch    News

Native American leaders determined to prevent repeat of last census undercount

PHOENIX, Ariz.-Time, distance and technology limitations are among the reasons Native Americans may be the most difficult demographic to count in the 2020 census, the Census Bureau... — Updated 4/10/2020

 

Canada's correctional investigator's report an alarming call to reduce First Nations incarceration

OTTAWA, Ont.-A January 2020 report released by the Correctional Investigator of Canada shows that Canada's prisons are being "Indigenized," or filling up with Indigenous men and... — Updated 4/8/2020

 

Cherokee Nation to send heirloom seeds to global seed vault

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the United States to receive an invitation to deposit its traditional heirloom seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a... — Updated 4/8/2020

 

Indian Life holds banquet to celebrate 40 years of ministry

On Friday, October 4, Indian Life hosted a banquet at Calvary Temple in Winnipeg to celebrate 40 years of ministry. We thank all those who contributed to organizing the banquet and... — Updated 4/8/2020

 

HUD awards nearly $200 million for affordable housing in Native American communities

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced nearly $200 million in grant awards to 52 Native American Tribes and Tribally Designated... — Updated 4/8/2020

 

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe raises purchase age for vaping; bans flavored products

AKWESASNE, Mohawk Nation-The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council signed Tribal Council Resolution 2019-58 in early December in response to public health concerns associated with... — Updated 4/8/2020

 

"We are not ready for this"

WASHINGTON-Dean Seneca didn't mince words after the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention's "damaging news" in early March about the spread of the novel coronavirus that has... — Updated 4/7/2020

 
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First Nations to receive $305 million COVID-19 fund

Ottawa, Ont.-The Trudeau government has promised $305 million to help Indigenous communities deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the $305... — Updated 4/7/2020

 
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The National Congress of American Indians calls for more attention to COVID-19 impacts in Indian Country

WASHINGTON-In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, tribal nations -comprised of some of the most vulnerable communities in the United States-have been left out... — Updated 4/7/2020

 

Alaska celebrates Native affirmation on currency and heritage month

ANCHORAGE, Alaska-On October 7, the Indigenous Alaskans were honored in two ways. First, Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed House Bill 126 into law, declaring November as Alaska Native... — Updated 11/7/2019

 

Indigenous groups vie to purchase Trans Mountain Pipeline

EDMONTON, Alberta-In 2018, the Canadian federal government bought the Trans Mountain Pipeline for $4.5 billion from Kinder Morgan. And now several First Nations groups want to buy... — Updated 11/3/2019

 

Ground broken for the Native American Veterans Memorial on National Mall

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Recently, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, which sits on the National Mall in Washington, broke ground for construction of the Native... — Updated 11/3/2019

 

Tribes encouraged to participate in 2020 U.S. Census

CHEROKEE NATION-Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is sending out a message that might be a wise reminder for all Native Americans. "Native people have been... — Updated 8/20/2019

 

First Nations children most impoverished in Canada

Ottawa, Ont.-While premiers and territorial leaders meet in Saskatchewan recently to discuss the well-being of Indigenous children, youth and families, a new report released co-auth... — Updated 8/20/2019

 
 By Jim Uttley    News

Indian Life Ministries' founding director passes

On a January day in 1988, I received a call from a George McPeek in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He called inviting me to come check out Intertribal Christian Communications, of whic... — Updated 8/20/2019

 

Indian Life Ministries' co-founder George McPeek has gone home to glory.

A more detailed memorial will follow in the next issue.... — Updated 6/3/2019

 

Canadian government to support Metis employment

Winnipeg, MB-The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) and the federal government signed a new agreement in early May that will bring $160 million to help Métis citizens improve skills... — Updated 6/3/2019

 

Chickasaw Nation census partnership

ADA, Okla.—Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby recently announced a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and Chickasaw Nation to help ensure Native Americans are counted accurately during the 2020 census. “There has... — Updated 6/3/2019

 

Supreme Court upholds tribal rights

WYOMING-The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion issued May 20 in Herrera v. Wyoming, a tribal treaty rights case. The dispute init... — Updated 6/3/2019

 

Indian Life wins award

Winnipeg-In April, Indian Life newspaper received the Award of Merit in the Evangelical Press Association's annual Awards of Excellence contest. The contest had more than 1200... — Updated 6/3/2019

 

Canada forgives treaty claim debt

OTTAWA, Ont.—Indigenous groups across Canada carrying millions in dollars of debt from negotiating treaty claims will soon have that debt erased. The federal government announced... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

Native American tribe pays for funerals of tornado victims

ATMORE, Ala.-On March 3, the deadliest tornado to hit the United States in nearly six years struck Lee County, Alabama, killing 23 people, aged 6 to 89. The Poarch Band of Creek Ind... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

REDress Project reminds nation of crime against Indigenous women

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Thirty empty red dresses hang near the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., within view of the National Mall and U.S. Capitol. For the first... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

2019 named as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

New York-The United Nations General Assembly has named 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The UN typically chooses a different topic each year to raise... — Updated 2/1/2019

 
 By Keerthi Vedantam    News

At Indigenous Peoples March, different reservations, same stories

WASHINGTON—Nataanii Means spent part of his childhood on the Navajo Nation with little electricity or running water, while energy companies mined coal and uranium nearby. He said... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

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