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The Council Speaks

 — Updated 4/5/2019

 

Letters from our readers

I’m currently incarcerated at Algoma Treatment Remand Centre. I have said the prayer in the Indian Life newspaper. I have surrendered my life over to Jesus. Thank you. I come from Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways, located in... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

Editorial Viewpoint

A couple years back, about a week before Easter, a fellow musician shared with me this viewpoint on Easter Sunday. I’d like to pass it on to you. Read on. He said, “I don’t... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

A Cracker and Fruit Punch

One morning, I was taken to the phlebotomist. My doctor had ordered blood tests, and three full tubes of blood were being demanded of me. My arms' veins cooperated nicely, the proce... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

Closet Monkey

One summer night during a thunderstorm a mother was tucking her son into bed. He asked in a trembling voice, "Will you stay with me all night?" She gave him a warm, reassuring hug... — Updated 4/5/2019

 
 By Joyce Heiser    Perspectives 

Walking to health

Walking has never been one of my favorite pastimes. Give me a bike any day! After a knee sprain several years ago, the doctor prescribed a walking/bike program to help strengthen... — Updated 4/5/2019

 
 By Sue Carlisle    Perspectives 

God's Seed Plan

One of my favorite memories is of going to 4-H camp. Meals at camp seemed extra special. We began meals with this song: The Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord for giving... — Updated 4/5/2019

 
 By Crying Wind    Perspectives 

The Legend of the Rabbit and the Deer

An old Cherokee legend tells the story of how what we want isn't always what is best for us. A long time ago, all the animals lived together in peace. Since they all lived in... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

Healing the Heart through Forgiveness

In the Gospel of Luke there is a story of a woman who was looked down upon as a sinner, yet she gave all she had to Jesus, sobbing on His feet, wiping them with her hair and... — Updated 4/5/2019

 
 By Becky Kew    Perspectives 

Do You Carry Baggage?

Have you ever been to an airport and watched people with their luggage? They are weighed down and some really struggle-pushing carts with four or five pieces piled up or pulling... — Updated 4/5/2019

 

The Door

The gods of the Ad Seg (The Hole) world control the doors. They open and close at their wills. No resident of the hole has any control over the opening and closing of the doors, but... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

The Council speaks

WINNIPEG-We are pleased to bring back the popular column, "The Council Speaks." This column answers questions you have about faith and heritage. Send your questions to "The Council... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

When SADness Strikes

Do you feel an unaccountable sense of heavy blues during the winter months? You just might be dealing with SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that displa... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

Adrienne Lyle (b. 1985), Olympian

Cherokee Nation citizen Adrienne Lyle was born in Coupeville, Washington. She was reared on Whidbey Island, Washington on a small cattle ranch. In 2005 Lyle worked part-time with... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

Our Heavenly Father Tends His Garden

I was not impressed; they looked like a bunch of small confused trees that planted themselves upside down with only gnarly roots sticking out. Even in winter, evergreens retain... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

A Gold Star Day

I'm glad 2018 is over. It was one of the worst years of my life, it wasn't the worst, but it was in the top five list of worst years. My family went through a lot of unexpected... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

Laugh Again

It's the start of a New Year. A new beginning. New hope. Some people resolve to get some exercise-to start walking between the fridge and the couch, rather than using a scooter.... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

Be the Light

It seems like our world is quickly growing dark. So much violence and hatred and disunity. In short, we are broken.  The Bible tells us this . . . "At that time many will turn... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

Healing the Heart through Discipline

Often, when we hear the word discipline, we don't associate it with healing in our hearts and our lives. We often look for words such as comfort and empathy and understanding. In... — Updated 2/1/2019

 
 By Becky Kew    Perspectives

The Powerful Reminder

A friend of mine came into a drop-in center the other day waving an item in her arm and announcing that the new phone books were in. At that moment, another friend was reminded of... — Updated 2/1/2019

 

A Note from Kene . . .

I watched this year as the summer season morphed to fall. It happened quite abruptly as the September snow fell on the green leaves and grass of an ecosystem that wasn't quite... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

Letters

Today I write this to offer my apologies for all the pain my people instilled upon yours (Native North Americans). Ninety percent of my friends are Native, as is my fiancé, and at this time I would like to offer my heart, my soul... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

Health Tips for the Holidays

Enhance your chances of having a happy holiday by keeping these healthy tips in mind! 1. Wash your hands often. This time of year lots of people are out and about who shouldn't be. You'll find their germs all over the place, even o... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

Patricia Michaels (b. 1967)

When we think about Native American fashion design, traditional aesthetics usually come to mind-intricate beading, fringe and feathers, silver and turquoise-elements that have... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

The Broken Doll

I was in a junk store a few years ago, it's one of my favorite places to shop. I like used books, and sometimes I find an odd cup or old plate that catches my fancy. Everything in t... — Updated 11/24/2018

 

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