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I am 36 years old, incarcerated at the South Dakota Women's Prison. I am serving a 10 year sentence at 40%. I have two years left before I am released on parole. I have lived a... — Updated 2/1/2019


When Our Hearts Cry

Last month, I read a lot of news stories about the Canadian government's most recent attempts to somehow bring justice and comfort to those who suffered in residential schools. And... — Updated 5/21/2018


Fifty Shades of Holy?

My son, Gardner, is a college student who works at a movie complex. Unfortunately for a bunch of teenagers, last night he was collecting tickets at a section of the theater that... — Updated 3/16/2018


What's On Your Whiteboard?

"Hey, there. How are you doing?” As my former co-worker walked up, I smiled, ready for a good chat. But after a while, the conversation went there. He started talking about the charismatic, but truly evil person we had both... — Updated 1/4/2018

 By Jim Uttley    Viewpoint

How I Forgave My Abuser

Since last fall, North America has been shocked by revelations of sexual sins of Hollywood bosses, comedians, and politicians. Recently, almost every day, women and a few men have come forward to accuse the rich, famous and... — Updated 1/4/2018


People Give in Troubled Times

"This is for you,” my co-worker said as he lifted the cork lid to the ceramic jar marked “Unsolicited Advice” that I keep filled with chocolate on top of my filing cabinet. He stuffed something in there and added. “My wife... — Updated 11/16/2017


Letters from Our Readers

Thank you for showing me who I was in the article "I Loved a Girl" from the July/August 2017 issue. It's just what I was. On line 15 it says, "'You shall not commit adultery,' does... — Updated 11/16/2017


Editorial Viewpoint

It's with a lot of excitement and not a small amount of angst that I put pen and ink to this issue of the Indian Life newspaper, our first in the partnership and merger of Indian... — Updated 10/5/2017


Changes at ILM

The Indian Life Ministries staff and Board of Directors wishes to express our extreme gratitude and best wishes to our long-time, faithful editor, Jim Uttley, Jr., upon his... — Updated 10/5/2017


Letter from Our Readers

Indian Life has changed my life in so many ways. Digital media would do me no good as we are not allowed to use any kind of devices. [ILM Correspondence Coordinator] Sister Rilla... — Updated 10/5/2017

 By Jim Uttley    Viewpoint

Not before our time

Crazy things are happening in our world these days. Strange attacks on populations in the United Kingdom and closer to home in Flint, Michigan. To say nothing of the attacks that happen almost every waking hour in homes and... — Updated 7/15/2017

 By Jim Uttley    Viewpoint

INDIAN LIFE receives top honors

INDIAN LIFE was awarded First Place in the category of Excellence for National Newspapers at the Canadian Church Press Conference in Quebec City, June 22. We also placed third in... — Updated 7/15/2017

 By Dr. Suuqiina    Viewpoint

Respecting and Honoring One Another

My Native Brothers, do you believe you can honor your tribe and treat the women in your life with less honor? Do you believe you can honor our ceremonies and teachings and treat the women in your life with less honor? Do you... — Updated 7/15/2017


Letters from our Readers

WHILE IT LASTED Though an Atheist, having spent 26 years in Nevada's Supermax, the last 10 years in its hole, I'm now in a mental health unit. A place where the squirrels had... — Updated 7/15/2017

 By Jim Uttley    Viewpoint

It's about identity

Our world is a mess. Nations are warring against nations, our leaders don’t seem to know which direction to go, some of our communities are ransacked by violence and terrorist acts, families are broken, and people are searching,... — Updated 5/12/2017

 By Frank Dragon    Viewpoint

Being Honest with Ourselves

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about honesty and I still struggle because even within the past day, there is still a degree of a lack of honesty. And discernment... — Updated 5/12/2017

 By Jim Uttley    Viewpoint

Welcoming angels unawares

I wish I could have been there when the first ship rolled in Too bad we had to wait so long for knowledge we needed when they decided to take their newly discovered land, no matter... — Updated 3/13/2017

 By J. Lee Grady    Viewpoint

Don't close your heart to refugees

My friend Matt Hyde lives in Boise, Idaho, a city that is 89 percent white. After he became the pastor of Discovery Church in 2013, he learned that refugees from many countries... — Updated 3/13/2017


Letters from Our Readers

STANDING ROCK I have subscribed to Indian Life for many years and share it with my Indian and “white” friends as well as folks in jail. It has been a real encouragement to all. Your last issue (Jan-Feb 2017) is informative and... — Updated 3/13/2017


Love and goodness

Love is so attracted to goodness that it automatically rejects evil. Love always and only recognizes evil as a corruption of the world. When we fill our minds and our lives with what is good, evil will have no place. For this is... — Updated 3/13/2017

 By Jim Uttley    Viewpoint

2017-An opportunity for recovery and hope

2017 began like the last day of 2016. The sun rose and life seemed to go on pretty much as before. While we're accustomed to dire predictions for the future at the end of each... — Updated 1/9/2017

 By Roger Palms    Viewpoint


Years ago I knew two brothers who farmed their land together. One of them had lost both legs fighting in the Korean War. The other brother had lost an arm in a farm-machinery... — Updated 1/9/2017

 By Jim Uttley    Viewpoint

The U.S. Election is over... It's time to turn the page...

After almost two years of non-stop political talk and TV, radio and newspaper advertising filling the media, it is finally over. The voters have spoken and the American people have a new president and vice president-elect. And... — Updated 11/14/2016



I sit on my bunk, lights off, tears flowing uncontrollably. My mind races back and forth, making it next to impossible to focus on a single thought. Loneliness smothers me from neck to toes, my head just above it. I’ve been like... — Updated 11/14/2016

 By Jim Uttley    Viewpoint

Race and Reconciliation-A New Chapter

Evangelicals or those we like to refer to as “followers of Jesus” are sensitive to what we call “God moments”—when circumstances fall together in a way that suggests God is at work in our lives in a fresh way. These... — Updated 9/9/2016


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