This month, let’s make space to celebrate the culture and resilience of the many diverse Native American communities across the United States. American Indians and Alaska Natives currently have the highest rate of substance use disorder among all races and ethnicities in the United States, but Native communities are working hard to change that statistic.
“Many of our Native people are returning to the cultural orientation and attitudes of their own traditions as a way to implement intervention, treatment, recovery, and prevention of addiction and other harmful behaviors. They are doing this even as they live as part of the wider, dominant society. They are learning to integrate the best of both worlds. They can do this because our cultural ways activate the innate knowledge of how to live as a well person, which is inside each of us.” – Don Coyhis, Mohican Nation and Richard Simonelli
Please join us in celebrating Native American Heritage Month by getting involved with some of the great organizations below, or by attending one of the many events across Washington.