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 with this coronavirus. Tribal leaders are working hard to protect their communities and we’re grateful. 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 radio program points us to where he has found it, and where you can too.
New Years Eve is a very special time in the Claus family. It was on that night many years ago that the family gathered together around the radio and heard something that would change their lives forever. Listen as Tom reflects on the significance of that day and what it means to him after all these years.
Soapy Dollar is a Mescalero Apache who was abandoned at birth on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico. After being picked up by a fortune teller and passed around till he was five, he was placed in a ranch for homeless and delinquent boys. This would become home for the rest of his youth. As an orphan, his memories and perspective of Christmas are different than most. Would bitterness and resentment mark the man who was born rejected… or would his path be different? What was Christmas like for a boy with no family? It might just surprise you… and encourage you. Got 15 minutes? Listen to his story and then pass it on.
Like all of us, the Christmas story has a background… and it begins with our Creator. Join us as Jason French starts at the beginning and helps us understand the significance of this day that was first celebrated by angels in the night sky near Bethlehem and now is celebrated by people from tribes and nations around the world.