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Thanksgiving Day Parade features land acknowledgement and Wampanoag blessing

NEW YORK-For the first time in its 94-year history, the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade featured a land acknowledgement and blessing to honor the Wampanoag and Lenape people.... — Updated 12/8/2020


Providing COVID-19 protection and the gospel across Northern Canada

WINNEPEG, MB-Almost 175 First Nations communities across Canada have received kits including personal protective equipment (PPE), Bibles and other support supplies from a coalition... — Updated 12/8/2020


Record number of Indigenous lawmakers elected

WASHINGTON, D.C.-On election day 2020 in the United States, a record number of six indigenous people were elected to positions in the U.S. House and Senate. The U.S. House expanded... — Updated 12/8/2020

 By Allie Barton    News

Next Generation: Grappling with loss of life and connection, Native youth transform into the leaders of tomorrow

PHOENIX-In March, Tawny Jodie was preparing to travel to Israel for her first trip overseas. By July, she was masked and delivering food boxes in rural New Mexico amid a deadly pand... — Updated 10/14/2020

 By Allie Barton    News

As providers turn to telehealth during COVID-19, calls rise for more resources in Indian Country

PHOENIX-Before COVID-19, Joshuaa Allison-Burbank spent his days traversing the Navajo Nation, stopping at homes, libraries and schools to provide speech therapy and reading support... — Updated 10/13/2020


Lands added to Chippewa First Nation

OTTAWA, Ont.-In early September, the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, together with the Honorable Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs... — Updated 10/13/2020


Cherokee Nation removes Confederate monuments from historic Capitol Square

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-Two Confederate monuments were lifted by crane and removed from the Cherokee Nation Capitol Square in Tahlequah Saturday as directed by Principal Chief Chuck... — Updated 8/6/2020


Canadian First Nations radio station brings light to North American audience

PICKLE LAKE, Ont.-CJTL (Christ Jesus the Light) Radio was started in Ontario, Canada in 2005, when an alliance was formed between a group of First Nation believers and Nations One... — Updated 8/6/2020


Washington football team retires controversial name

Washington, DC-On July 13, the Washington National Football League team retired their infamous team name: The Washington Redskins. The interim name for the 2020 season, while they... — Updated 8/6/2020


Navajo Nation clean water infrastructure needs exceed $700 million

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.-The Naabik'íyáti' Committee of the 24th Navajo Nation Council heard from programs and utilities Friday, May 22 on the water infrastructure needs aimed at... — Updated 6/12/2020

 By Madison LaBerge    News

Pageant winner steps up to help her tribe and winds up shipping masks across North America

PHOENIX, Ariz.-As Miss Shoshone-Bannock, Stormie Perdash has represented her people all across the United States. Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she's representing them in a... — Updated 6/12/2020


AFN national chief says funding is much needed to continue the fight against COVID-19

OTTAWA, Ont.-Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the Prime Minister's announcement of new funding to fight COVID-19 in First Nations is much needed... — Updated 6/12/2020

 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


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


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

 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


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