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Bemidji Area

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians’ Oshki Maajisewin Program will add additional services to the existing Day Treatment Program, and is focused specifically on the prevention, treatment, and aftercare of methamphetamine abuse. The evidence-based Matrix Model, has been selected for its intensive structure and support, including family education and social support promotion. The program has been culturally adapted and pairs well with existing mental health and cultural activities resulting in an inclusive wrap-around program for those afflicted with addiction issues.

Bay Mills Indian Community

The Bay Mills Indian Community Boys and Girls Club will implement The SMART moves curriculum, which has several components for ages 6-12. The main goals is to build a strong advisory group that will be to help educate youth and their parents on the dangers of drug and alcohol use, protect youth from engaging in drug and alcohol abuse, especially methamphetamine abuse, or other high-risk behaviors. Their objective is to provide decision-making and leadership skills in order to increase awareness of the risks associated with drug/alcohol use/abuse, thus building self-confidence in their youth and parents.

Bemidji Area Office

The Bemidji Area Office will create the Bemidji Area Office Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative, Tribal Action Plan Support Center and a coordinator to staff it. They will focus on the prevention of substance abuse disorders and suicides associated with substance use. The Tribal Action Plan model will be incorporated into the project as a means to foster collaboration for prevention activities and treatment services between Area office programs and the local Tribal communities.

Cass Lake Hospital

The Cass Lake Hospital will address the recent spike in suicidal ideation presentations through the implementation of a four member Suicide Prevention Team. They will provide community outreach throughout the Leech Lake Reservation and with local community partners to identify youth at-risk of suicide. The team will work with the community partners to help coordinate cultural activities to promote cultural health in all dimensions and reinforce the importance of cultural identity as a resiliency factor. They will work to create a health care culture where mental health problems do not need to be hidden, secretive, or negatively stigmatized; and encourages the community to seek out the help they need in order to lead healthier life styles.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Ginnanda-gikenddaamin (Seeking to Learn) Project is a five-year suicide prevention project that will add Ojibwe cultural activities into the KBIC Youth Program and teach Ojibwe traditions through the use of mentoring activities and family engagement. They will provide cultural activities during each season that will incorporate cultural traditions taught by mentors and/or elders. It is believed that teaching stories of the past will help connect one to their future. Their goal is to prevent the initiation of substance use and the escalation to addictive behaviors in those who may have already began using, and to reduce factors of suicidal behaviors amongst their youth ages 8-24 years. This will create a culture of Ojibwe teens who have increased self-esteem, accountability, a sense of responsibility and the persistence to learn. This will lead to a future of sobriety, peace and the will to get along in their community. They will use The Community Guide as a model in accomplishing this work.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians’ Behavioral Health Program will hire a Prevention Specialist to provide tribal and community-wide prevention programs, education and suicide awareness in order to develop uniform policies, procedures, and a referral mechanism. The primary target population is high-school aged American Indian youth living in Emmet County, as well as those youth utilizing LTBB Health Park services. They will: provide risk assessment programs to at least one school to identify at-risk youth; implementing and/or participating in the training of their; providing outreach at community events; providing prevention programming to at least one school and community youth; screening 100% of their youth clients for depression and suicide risk; developing an overall Health Park suicide policy and procedures; implementing internal referral processes; and developing and implementing external referral mechanisms.

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services has hired a School Wellness Counselor to work with school-aged children and their families to decrease suicidal ideation and suicides. They provide counseling services in the schools and homes promoting positive development, resiliency, and self-sufficiency, whereby creating a positive healthy lifestyle for our youth.

White Earth Band of Chippewa

The White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians will promote the positive development for American Indian youth ages 8-24 years and family engagement through the implementation of early intervention strategies to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse. They will continue the use of safeTALK and Native American Life Skills curriculum throughout the communities, schools, and Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as implementing methSMART for youth in aftercare. They will involve the youth with prevention activities such as in developing Public Service Announcements. They will engage the whole family in the treatment process and increase the number of cultural and other activities available for families.