Suuqiina was born in 1950 in Nome, Alaska. He is of Inuit (Alaska Native), Mi'Kmaq (Native American), English, Scottish, Irish, and French descent. He is the Grandson of Chief Suuqiina of King Island Alaska and his mother was a full-blood Inuit. Through his father he is the 14th generation descendant of Stephen Hopkins who financed the Mayflower and also signed the Mayflower Compact and lived in Plymouth. Due to his mother contracting tuberculosis, he was placed in a residential school/orphanage in White Mountain, Alaska, when he was a toddler. Suuqiina lived there in the village, surrounded by his people and his culture, until he was 7 years old. At age 7 he and his biological brother were adopted by the missionaries that ran the orphanage and they were moved to Thief River Falls, Minnesota, where they remained until he was 18. During this time Suuqiina was cut off from his native identity and culture due to the process of forced assimilation imposed upon native children, which was accepted at that time. Through these years he excelled in sports, educational pursuits, art, and he became an accomplished concert pianist. When he entered college as a young adult he was drawn to Native American studies where he once again connected to his lost culture through books. For a few years he traveled as a keyboard player with a rock band opening for many well-known musical groups in the early 70's. It was during this time that he had a transformative experience with Yeshua (Jesus) that altered his path in life. He then felt called to pursue his life's work as a preacher of the Word of God and he served as a pastor for 21 years. Over the years, Suuqiina has also been involved with The International Christian Embassy in Israel, hospital and police chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, the Board of Directors of the Thirteenth Region Board of Directors an Alaska Native Corporation, the North American Representative to a messianic ministry in Tel Aviv Israel and the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1998. This was a catalyst for Can You Hear The Mountains Tremble- A Healing The Land Workbook authored by Suuqiina and The Healing The Land Seminars that he taught across the United States and Internationally. This work was instrumental and enabled him to conduct reconciliation meetings in Far East Russia and Brazil. He also worked with survivors of the genocide in Rwanda. Suuqiina is also an accomplished Artist whose work has been featured in Denali Alaska State Park, The Alaska Native Heritage Center, The Peabody Museum in Massachusetts, The Nashville Arts League Gallery, Ptarmigan Gallery and The Anchorage Spirit Gallery. http://www.indigenousmessengers.com/
At the age of 16, Steven, thought he knew it all, particularly about religion and faith. At that time, Steven’s observation of Christians was that they were the most racist, bigoted group of haters ever and very narrow minded. Steven began studying all the world religions and one day realized that one of two possibilities existed: either Jesus was the greatest con artist in history, or He was the actual Son of God. A while later, Steven went with his brother to church one day and these Christians were singing and looked so happy and joyful! At first glance, Steven thought they were nuts! During Steven’s time of searching, he contacted the 100 Huntley Street 24/7 prayer lines several times to talk with the prayer partners and have them pray for him. As a troubled teen, Steven was grateful that the people on the prayer lines took time for him and he describes the experience as ‘connecting with an old friend’. Today Steven attributes his involvement with the Prayer Ministry at his church, as well as his involvement in Youth Ministry, in large part to the care he received from calling the 100 Huntley Street Prayer lines. All the experiences Steven had and the studying he did, led him to a Thursday in March 2001 when he got down on his knees and asked Jesus into his life. His growth as a Christian was slow, but then in January 2011, Steven became aware of the full weight of what Jesus did for him. It was at this moment when all the knowledge made its way from Steven’s head to his heart.