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Stories from Native Americans in the United States

Lawrence Alfred (Navajo) Part 3

“He said to me, ‘Your running away from something. I sense that you are married and you’re running around with these ladies.’ I didn’t have the ability to tell him to quit talking to me because he was a good friend of mine. He handed me over a Bible and told me that Jesus could help me.”

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Lawrence Alfred (Navajo) Part 2

The medicine man told Lawrence that someone had witched him. They wanted him to leave his wife and family, and eventually kill himself. But even after dealing with this curse, things got worse for Lawrence. He needed something that the medicine man could not offer.

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Lawrence Alfred (Navajo) Part 1

Lawrence was raised on the Navajo reservation in Tuba City, Arizona. He has seen a lot of changes over the years, from dirt roads to paved roads… from horse-drawn wagons to the automobile. He married a Christian gal and his boy believed too. God used his young son to speak into Lawrence’s life… but he wouldn’t listen.

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The Storyteller Covid-19 Special

These are challenging days across Native North America and throughout the world. For many First Nations and Native American communities, the prospect of contracting Covid-19 is frightening.  Underlying health conditions put many Native people at greater risk because of this deadly coronavirus.  Tribal leaders are working hard to protect their communities, including closing borders and imposing curfews.  The uncertainty of life is very apparent in times like these… and so is the shadow of death.  So where do we turn… where do we find hope when things are so difficult? Soapy Dollar, Mescalero Apache and host of The Storyteller points us to where he has found it, and where you can too.

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Jeff VanEvery (Cayuga) Part 3

“Anybody can be an alcoholic. That’s easy… all you got to do is pick up the alcohol and start drinking… and eventually you’ll become an alcoholic… because you allow that to take over and consume your life. Anybody can be a drug addict. Anybody can be a prostitute or a drug dealer or this or that. That’s all the easy parts. The hard part is not doing it.”

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Jeff VanEvery (Cayuga) Part 2

Jeff was paying a great price for his drinking. His family had left him and he was all alone. She wouldn’t have anything to do with him. It didn’t matter how he tried to connect with her, she wouldn’t acknowledge him. Not having that communication hurt him more than anything. But it got his attention. Finally, he cried out for help… and everything changed.

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Jeff VanEvery (Cayuga) Part 1

Jeff, a Cayuga from Six Nations, grew up off the rez in Buffalo, New York. He started partying at an early age and he worked to support his drinking habit. His team’s success in lacrosse gave cause to celebrate often, and even when everyone else went home, for Jeff, the party never ended. He found out though, that not only does drinking ruin relationships, it ruins families.

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Hugh Grant (Karuk) Part 2

Alcohol had taken Hugh… it had taken everything from him like it does to so many others. But something happened in his life that made all the difference, and now he has been clean and sober for over 27 years. Listen as Hugh shares the rest of his story.

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Hugh Grant (Karuk) Part 1

“I took a drink of my mom’s beer. And it was terrible. I said, ‘Oh, how can you drink that stuff’. I’ll never forget her answer: ‘You’ll find out.’ And she was so right on.” Listen to Hugh share about how he got involved with alcohol and the toll that it would take on his life.

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George Landlord (Yup’ik) Part 2

From falling into the freezing waters of the Yukon River to serving on the battlefields of Vietnam, George has lived through many challenging and difficult situations. Drugs and alcohol weren’t the answer he was looking for, but one day George did find something that would change his life forever.

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