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Billings Area

Blackfeet Tribe

The Blackfeet Tribe Honor Your Life program is a three-pronged approach to increasing awareness and educating the Blackfeet community about protective and risk factors regarding suicide behaviors and methamphetamine use. They will train the Blackfeet community in suicide and methamphetamine use awareness, intervention skills, and resources. The Tribe will host healthy activities and create a media campaign that will raise awareness and educate the community about suicide and methamphetamine risk and protective factors

Crow Tribe of Indians

The Crow Tribe is proposing to implement the Family Spirit program, a mental health promotion and substance abuse prevention program. This program is a culturally tailored home-visiting intervention for American Indian teenage mothers from pregnancy through 36 months postpartum, who generally experience high rates of substance use, school dropout, and residential instability. The intervention is designed to increase parenting competence (e.g., parenting knowledge and self-efficacy), reduce maternal psychosocial and behavioral risks that could interfere with effective parenting (e.g., drug and alcohol use, depression, externalizing problems), and promote healthy infant and toddler emotional and social adjustment (i.e., internalizing and externalizing behaviors). It aims to prepare toddlers for early school success, promote parents’ coping and life skills, and link families to appropriate community services. Finally, researchers suggest that the Family Spirit design and approach can be applied widely and adapted to mitigate the risks of teen pregnancy in diverse populations with limited resources.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes – Purpose Area 4

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes proposes the development of youth councils and engaging youth in healthier alternatives. The youth will be provided an avenue to discover their own strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and establish support networks. The youth councils will partner with local agencies, elders, and community members to address relevant topics affecting their generation.

Northern Arapaho Tribe

The Northern Arapaho Tribe’s suicide prevention project uses cultural redevelopment to prevent suicide, through: horse culture, Motherhood/Fatherhood Is Sacred, round dances, sweats and event attendance and outreach.

Northern Cheyenne Tribal Board of Health

The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Board of Health Dragonfly Project will enhance their current services to youth ages 8-24 years old, on grief recovery, abandonment and neglect, sexual abuse, bullying, sexual orientation, prior suicides, or deaths that have not been resolved. In order to promote family engagement, the Tribe will organize a Healing Shawl Ceremony, Gourd Dancing, and Art Therapy.

Rocky Boy Band of Chippewa Indians

The Rocky Boy Band of Chippewa Indians’ White Sky Hope Center (WSHC) will expand and develop more effective addiction treatment services by implementing the Medication Assisted Treatment program (MAT) to help address the ever expanding problem on their reservation. The Rocky Boy reservation is very rural and access to innovative treatments and access to holistic health care is very difficult. The WSHC plans to work on building a new partnership with the Rocky Boy clinic medical providers, leadership, and decision makers to build into our services to include the MAT model along with developing the policies, procedures, and processes needed to implement MAT within the next several months.