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Great Plains Area

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s program is designed to offer targeted intervention and postvention programming to community members most in need. They will provide training to health care providers, school staff, and youth activities staff on how to screen and identify at-risk members of the community. We will provide intense outreach programming which will be a focused and highly responsive intervention tool.

Ft. Thompson Service Unit

The Ft. Thompson Service Unit, Crow Creek Red Road to Wellbriety Suicide Prevention Project engages programs and individuals to expand and coordinate meaningful suicide prevention on the Crow Creek Reservation. Ultimately, suicide and the associated problems of substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, poverty, homelessness and unemployment are symptoms of a much bigger issue, that of intergenerational and historical trauma. This project will save lives and promote healing amongst the Hunkpati (Crow Creek) people by incorporating activities that richly incorporate traditional Lakota practices and values. Culture is prevention. Healing will take place through the application of cultural and spiritual knowledge.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

The Oglala Sioux Tribe will utilize a strengths-based, positive youth development approach to conduct early prevention of suicide and substance use with youth ages 8-14. Their objectives are: 1.) Utilize the Project Venture curriculum to build resiliency, promote positive development, and increase self-sufficiency among our youth; and 2.) Promote a strengths-based focus on suicide and substance use prevention through family and community engagement with Walls of Hope. This individual, family, and community approach represents a multi-level intervention which has a greater ability for change by capitalizing on the strengths of American Indian culture by tapping into the broader strengths of the family and community.

Pine Ridge Service Unit

The Pine Ridge Service Unit, Zero Suicide: A Cultural Restoration program, will utilize Lakota traditional elders, medicine men and youth facilitators to identify the behavioral health needs of their youth and provide culturally appropriate resources.

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will utilize the Project Venture curriculum throughout their service delivery area for youth ages 8-24. The project staff will promote family and community engagement by building awareness of services by hosting family education events and increasing access to prevention activities for the youth.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Tokala Inajinyo Suicide Prevention and Mentoring Program, is divided into 3 components: Prevention, Clinical Services, and a Youth Mentoring training program. They provide monthly community prevention activities and an awareness campaign. Their clinical services consists of prevention, intervention, and post-vention activities. They also provide a youth mentorship and leadership program. The Tokala Inajinyo team is currently developing a book called Messages from our Grandmothers & Grandfathers, and also plans a video or book with a suicide prevention message, developed by Tokala Inajinyo Youth Mentors.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of South Dakota

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of South Dakota, Dakotah Pride Center will provide intensive outpatient treatment based on the 16-week Matrix Model IOP for Stimulant Disorders. They will hire and train at least two Certified or Licensed Addiction Counselors to provide treatment services to Tribal members within the boundaries of the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota. They will reach out to clients who have been referred by state, Tribal, or Federal courts and will work primarily with State and/or Tribal parole services, Tribal Treatment Court and all clients who complete an inpatient treatment program. They will also provide at least two types of prevention and awareness workshops or summits per year.

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) program aims to raise awareness about suicide and methamphetamine use within the community based on the tenets of Generation Indigenous Initiative (Gen-I). They will incorporate a multimedia campaign, provide community education through public forums and health fairs, conduct community awareness projects, establish a youth ambassador team, provide evidence-based and practice-based programs that represent culturally appropriate prevention efforts, and collaborate with state and federal entities to increase their awareness of Native youth. Their MSPI program will continue to support a mentorship program which pairs at-risk youth with adults and peer mentors trained in the Sources of Strength youth suicide prevention program. They anticipate that 480 youth and young adults and 200 community members will be able to receive direct services through this program and that their messaging will reach upwards of 2000 Tribal members.

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will raise awareness of risk factors and enhance resiliency factors related to methamphetamine use and suicide ideation. Their approach uses Outreach Specialists to provide community education on substance abuse and suicide at community events and recruit adults to participate in Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist training in an effort to build a sustainable community referral system. They will provide mentoring to youth ages 8-24 referred by the public school and others in the community as youth exhibiting signs of risky behavior the indicate or could lead to methamphetamine abuse, substance abuse, or suicide. They will guide the youth toward participation in positive activities and assist them in obtaining professional counseling and/or therapy as needed, thus building self-esteem and resilience to risky behaviors.

Yankton Sioux Tribe

The Yankton Sioux Tribe will expand their treatment program at Canku Teca treatment center to include methamphetamine treatment. This will provide desperately needed treatment capacity for underserved Native Americans across the Great Plains. This expansion will be accomplished by providing specialized training for the current counselors and support staff on the best practices regarding methamphetamine treatment.