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Indigenous leaders wary of Bill 96

QUEBEC CITY-In late May, legislators in Quebec passed Bill 96 after the Charter of the French language was overhauled after a year of contentious debate. Indigenous leaders are among those who are concerned about the bill, joining... — Updated 6/23/2022


VAWA signed into law

WASHINGTON, D.C.-THE Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law recently, codifying the historic tribal provisions that strengthen tribal sovereignty and safety in Indian Country. The reauthorization of VAWA, passed as part of the... — Updated 6/23/2022


Indigenous leaders declare state of emergency over nursing shortage

BROKENHEAD OJIBWAY NATION, Man.- Cities and rural posts in Manitoba are suffering from a shortage of nurses across the province, and now, First Nation leaders in northern Manitoba have declared a state of emergency. The Keewatinohk... — Updated 6/23/2022


Indian Health Service funding provides resources to address Alzheimer's disease

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Indian Health Service is announcing $5 million to target resources directly to tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, and IHS direct service facilities to address Alzheimer's disease within t... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Alex Hager    News 

Access to clean water, rights to Colorado River are high priorities for tribes

Two recent moves aim to benefit water access for tribal communities in the Colorado River basin. One, a bill in the U.S. Congress, could increase access to clean water. Another,... — Updated 6/23/2022


Tsawwassen First Nation and Canada reach land claim settlement agreement

TSAWWASSEN FIRST NATION, B.C.-In late April, Chief Ken Baird and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that the Tsawwassen First Nation and the Government of Canada have reached a settlement... — Updated 6/23/2022


74-tribe consortium receives $35M award for Alaska broadband efforts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska-The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) recently was awarded $35 million dollars to help alleviate broadband and communication challenges in the state's remote... — Updated 6/23/2022


Canada and Dene Nation announce pilot program for Dene-led housing solutions

YELLOWKNIFE, TREATY 8 TERRITORY, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES-Northern, remote and Indigenous communities in Canada face unique housing and infrastructure needs. The Government of Canada recently announced a new pilot project that will ad... — Updated 6/23/2022


Report finds racism within health system

OTTAWA-A new report reveals racism against Indigenous people within the health system in and around Ottawa. Indigenous-Specific Racism & Discrimination in Health Care Across... — Updated 6/23/2022


A Gentle Whisper

The sun was shining as we drove away from our home one Friday morning. The roads were dry; the sky was blue. Driving west through the prairies, watching the grasses blow in the... — Updated 6/23/2022


Coming Events

In the coming months, you can meet Indian Life staff at these events! Make sure you stop by and say, "Hi!" June 3–5: Indigenous Couples Getaway- Red Deer, Alberta, Canada June... — Updated 6/23/2022


Native Networking

July 25, 2022—The Gathering. Native pastors, Native churches and cross-cultural missionaries will gather to discuss a joint effort to bring the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Native Peoples Tour to continue the... — Updated 6/23/2022



In our March/April issue of Indian Life, in the column “What’s Up with Indian Life,” we included the paragraph: “Over 40 years ago, a dream came to fruition. George McPeek, Ray Gowan and Chuck Olson came together with the... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Nancy Marie Spears    News 

"We are still here": Tribes reclaiming out-of-state ancestral homelands

NORMAN, Okla.-Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen Galen Cloud complained about traffic during the 10-hour drive from Okmulgee, Oklahoma, to his tribe's homeland near Oxford,... — Updated 6/23/2022


US Department of Interior releases report on Federal Indian Boarding Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C.-On May 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released its historic Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report, which serves as a... — Updated 6/23/2022


The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Native American Leaders Anticipate Revival

RAPID CITY, N.D.-Native American Christian leaders came together in South Dakota with a powerful focus on sharing Jesus with Indigenous people who've faced generational hardships.... — Updated 6/23/2022


NYC helps students encounter Christ

BUSBY, Alb.-On May 19-22, 2022, more than 150 youth gathered at Camp Nakamun in Alberta, Canada for the Native Youth Conference (NYC). The students came from eleven communities... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Mikaela DeLeon    News

Expanded Buy Indian Act expected to provide economic boost to tribal enterprises

WASHINGTON-Native American Tribes are hopeful an update to a century-old law will spur tribal economies and create a uniform approach to contracting procedures involving the Bureau... — Updated 3/28/2022

 By Jenna Sauter    News

Teletherapy expanded during the pandemic, but is it effective for behavioral health?

PHOENIX-Telehealth has been a widely used resource during the pandemic, but as providers and policymakers consider its future, some continue to weigh the pros and cons of treating... — Updated 3/28/2022

 By Todd Wawryzniak    News

Indian Life Ministries is excited to announce that in the upcoming few months, we get to be a part of two events!

Indian Life Ministries is excited to announce that in the upcoming few months, we get to be a part of two events! Native Youth Conference Over the May long-weekend (May 19–22),... — Updated 3/28/2022


What's Up with ILM?

Over 40 years ago, a dream came to fruition. George McPeek, Ray Gowan and Chuck Olson came together with the sole purpose of restoring hope, healing and honor within the indigenous... — Updated 3/28/2022

 By Emma VandenEinde    News

Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project projected to serve thousands of people

Phoenix, Ariz.-Arizonans are facing water shortages as the Colorado River declines, but Teddy Lopez and many other residents of the Navajo Nation have lived without easy access to... — Updated 3/28/2022


Health professionals highlight alcohol, cancer connection

Victoria, B.C.-Health professionals in Canada are joining forces to help people realize that alcohol is one of top causes of preventable cancer. They say that few Canadians know... — Updated 3/28/2022


Graduates required to know Indigenous perspectives, histories, cultures

Victoria, B.C.-The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), is implementing a new graduation requirement for students in... — Updated 3/28/2022


Indigenous groups want to buy Trans Mountain pipeline, despite escalating costs

EDMONTON, Alb.—Even though prices are skyrocketing on the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Indigenous groups are still lining up, hoping to purchase... — Updated 3/28/2022


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