Healing & Wellness
Native people are resilient – having gone through traumas across history with impacts that have devastated individuals, families and communities. The high rates of child abuse, domestic violence, suicide, alcoholism and other social ills affect our people today.
But there is hope.
Hope in a world where children are protected and happy, where families are free of violence, where no one has to know what it means to grieve for a loved one due to suicide, hope for strong healthy communities with people who lead with the heart of compassion, kindness and courage.
Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs and Richard Two Dogs share information about the Lakota Worldview, describing the four stages of life recognized in the Lakota community and the ceremonies that accompany each stage. These ceremonies are believed to contribute to a balanced life from childhood through returning to the spirit world. This is the first video in a two-part series that demonstrates what the journey is like when smooth and free from interruption. For those interested in creating something similar for their own tribal communities, Rick and Ethleen share more information about their process and their thoughts for other tribal communities in this companion piece.
Healing for Indigenous people is a powerful journey that can be collectively shared and/or can be a very personal path. This webinar explored and shared healing strategies from various Indigenous cultures as examples of how we are all connected.
Healing for individuals and families can be a lifelong process that is unique for each person and/or family, it can be a stop and go process and can include searching and exploring different paths.
This discussion focused on how communities and organizations can engage in the healing process to increase their productivity, reach their goals and create a healing environment.
Compiled with thought and care, our resource lists contain curated articles and documents about important topics in the areas of healing and wellness.
RESOURCES FOR HEALTHY GENERATIONS
The inter-connection of substance abuse, child welfare, and domestic violence are unhealthy, inseparable partners. Acknowledging that each community is unique, these resources are intended to build on each community’s strengths of today and the past. These efforts are intended to help families develop a sense of what is healthy for now and for future generations.
INTERGENERATIONAL & HISTORICAL TRAUMA
The resources and links in this guide provide more information on what historical/intergenerational trauma is, how it is experienced by Native communities, and how traditional cultural practices may be able to help Native people and communities heal.
Adverse childhood experiences
ACEs are known to have lifelong detrimental impacts on a person’s well-being. While many ACEs materials exist, few focus specifically on American Indian and Alaska Native children. We’ve compiled those here along with other websites and tools that may be helpful in your work to support tribal children, youth, and families.