Sam Herman (Cup'ik) Part 206/29/15
"Ten horse is not fast enough for going, 22 foot long wooden boat", Sam said as he recalled the moments after his side had been laid open by a shotgun blast. When your injury is life-threatening, things like that seem to matter more.
Sam Herman (Cup'ik) Part 1
"I born Cup?ik, real Eskimo. I didn?t born in the spring but I born at grass. No, no spring brat. Sod house, and my blanket is all those grasses put together, and those are my mattress. Most of the time I sleep in steam baths where they make big fire,...
Charlotte Evans (Saulteaux)
Life at home was not what Charlotte wanted. The alcohol made it difficult for her to be there. So she ran away looking for something better. She hoped that in doing so the authorities would place her in a foster home. They didn't. So she eventually...
Fred Evans (Cree)
Have you ever been so close to death that only the hand of someone else could save you? That's Fred story. His story would never have been told if his friend hadn't tried to reach for him one last time. Listen as Fred share how he fell off the boat...
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...
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...
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...
Richard Paul (Maliseet) Part 3
When Richard finally decided not to worry about what others thought, he publicly went forward to accept Jesus as his Savior. His life changed. Drugs and alcohol were left behind and God restored his marriage. Richard is a musician who sings about his...
Richard Paul (Maliseet) Part 2
Cocaine had a hold of him... and he couldn't break it's grip. His life was falling apart. His wife had left him numerous times. Richard's addictions were destroying his family. His wife starting attending church - which really angered him. But it...
Richard Paul (Maliseet) Part 1
Richard got involved in alcohol and drugs early in life. Even though everything looked fine on the outside, he was being torn apart on the inside. He met a girl who came from a Christian family. He would ask her questions about God. One night, while...
Veronica Moberly (Okanagan)
Veronica was rejected by her biological father. He lived only an hour away but had no desire to be a part of her life. Not only did she feel that rejection, Veronica also grew up without the love and protection that her dad was supposed to provide....
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...
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...
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...
Dorothy Harvey (Navajo)
Dorothy grew up in Sweetwater, Arizona on the Navajo reservation where she lived without running and electricity. She tells about how they used to dress up rocks pretending they were dolls. As an adult she got involved in a bad marriage. It was very...
Willie Doyeto (Kiowa) Part 3
It was a tragic, unexpected loss. Willie's son and daughter-in-law, along with some others, were standing by their car alongside the highway checking their vehicle for a noise they had heard. All of a sudden another vehicle recklessly turned into them...
Willie Doyeto (Kiowa) Part 2
"I guess it was in June - the first part of June of 1963 that I couldn't take it anymore. My body couldn't take what I was doing - what I was putting into my body. And I realized that I had to quit or something was going to happen." Find out what...
Willie Doyeto (Kiowa) Part 1
Willie grew up in Hobert, Oklahoma in a pastor's home. He recalls the Sunday gatherings at church along the river, how the ladies dressed... what they did. He tells how, as a boy, they chased tumbleweeds and hunted them as if they were buffalo. And he...
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...
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...
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