Richard Paul (Maliseet) Part 205/04/15
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...
Deloris Cardinal (Metis)
One of the most difficult events in life is when someone close to you dies. The sting of death is especially painful when it comes unexpectedly. This was the case in Deloris' life when she lost her brother. She shares candidly about her loss and the...
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...
George Landlord (Yup'ik) Part 1
George grew up in Mountain Village, Alaska where life can be pretty rugged. One day, while he was out on his snow machine he got caught in a storm. He got lost and, eventually, his snowmobile ran out of gas. He found himself in a potentially deadly...
Leona Olsen (Aleut)
Leona is from the village of Tatitlek on Prince William Sound in Alaska. She grew up in a large family as one of ten children. At the age of 12, her father passed away. Her brother took up fishing to help support the family. Her mother sent her to...
Emerson Falls (Sac and Fox) Part 2
Emerson joined the army and was getting into trouble. One day, some one stole some money from another person's locker. He got blamed. The commanding officer told Emerson he knew that he had taken the money. When asked why he thought that, the officer...
Emerson Falls (Sac and Fox) Part 1
Emerson was raised in the urban area, 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...
Tom Claus (Mohawk)
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...
Gus Jenson (Athabascan)
Gus was from old Iliamna Village. He speaks of how life was back in the old days. They lived off the land without the conveniences of modern day Alaska. It was tough, and some didn't make it. Gus recalls a missionary by the name of Don Stump who had a...
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