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Emerson Falls (Sac and Fox) Part 2

Emerson joined the army. It was a rebellious time in his life and he was getting into trouble. One day, someone stole some money from another person’s locker. The commanding officer told Emerson he knew that he had taken the money. When he asked why the CO thought that, the officer said, “because you’re nothing but a worthless human being.” Emerson couldn’t say anything because that’s how he felt about himself. What happened after that changed his direction forever.

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Emerson Falls (Sac and Fox) Part 1

Emerson was raised in an urban setting away from the reservation. But home was where the relatives were and they would go back often. His dad raised the family Christian after being coming out of the traditional way. Emerson followed, but later began to question what he believed.

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Connie Hayes (Colville, Creek, Cherokee)

Though originally from Washington State, she was raised by her grandparents in rural Oklahoma. When she was three, her father was shot and killed. Thankfully, she had her grandparents who provided a stable, loving environment… and made a lasting impact on her life.

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Paul Frost (Yup’ik) Part 3

“I wanted to go do these drugs cause I hadn’t done them for quite some time and it was time for me to do them again. I used to go on three-day binges. I would disappear and my wife and kids didn’t know where I was. They didn’t know if I was dead or alive or nothing.” Listen as Paul shares his battle with addiction and how it finally came to an end.

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Paul Frost (Yup’ik) Part 2

Working on the Alaska pipeline, Paul got into drugs and alcohol. It changed his life. His addictions had full control over him, until one night, when he had a dream so terrifying, that it caught his full attention.

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Paul Frost (Yup’ik) Part 1

He was in a fist fight at least twice a week, every week for most of his schooling… because of the way he looked. He didn’t fit in with the white kids… he didn’t fit in with the Native kids. Listen as Paul shares about the early days of his journey and how that would influence his outlook in the days to come.

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Adrienne Kinney (Cheyenne/Arapaho) Part 2

Where was the peace that others seemed to have? As she looked around, she couldn’t help but notice. How come she couldn’t find it? It seems she’d been fighting for something all her life… perhaps just fighting to survive. She’d learned that in her youth. But she wanted what these folks had. Listen as she shares how she finally found what she was looking for.

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Adrienne Kinney (Cheyenne/Arapaho) Part 1

Adrienne recalls as a young girl how she was sick at school one day. As the teacher took her home, all she could think about was what they were going to find when they got there. She wanted to jump out of the car and run into the house so no one would see what she was afraid of.

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Vince Garcia (Navajo)

Vince was kicked out of his home at the age of 11 because he stood in the way of his father abusing his mother. He quickly learned how to live on the streets of Chicago. Trouble was something he was very familiar with. His life was careening out of control and he was headed for disaster when God came into his life and changed everything.

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Ryan O’Leary (Ojibwe)

Ryan grew up with sports, but he was especially good at hockey… so good in fact that he was eventually drafted by a professional hockey team. He wasn’t content though – something was missing.

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