Healing and 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. 

  • The CBC for Tribes supports programs and communities with resources related to:
  • Historical trauma and its impact
  • Resilience
  • Spirituality and wellness
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Food as medicine

It is time to create culturally relevant and sustainable interventions for our own communities, our families and individuals by building the capacity of all to strengthen our responses to once again live peaceful lives. 

Lakota Worldview: Cultural Teachings to Support Native Children as they Grow

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.
Interested in creating something similar for your own tribal community? Rick and Ethleen share more information about their process and their thoughts for other tribal communities in this companion handout.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as… “stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders.” 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. Adverse Childhood Experiences

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.

Resource Highlight

The Medicine Wheel

This tool describes the medicine wheel and outlines actiities that can be used with native youth that focus on "making good choices, staying healthy, and living a balanced lifestyle." The medicine wheel symbolizes a circular development model balancing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of oneself. While the medicine wheel is unique to each individual and tribe, this tool provides some general lessons and gifts connected to each compass direction of the wheel.

Intergenerational/Historical Trauma

Intergenerational/Historical Trauma Resource List

Historical Trauma, as defined by Dr. Maria Yellowhorse-Braveheart, is “the collective emotional and psychological injury both over the life span and across generations, resulting from a cataclysmic history of genocide.” 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.

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