Washington: 'Stand Together, Build Together' Event Unites Tulalip Tribes

March 25, 2016
News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News
State:  Washington

The Arlington Times

At the Tulalip Tribes recent Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) “Stand Together, Build Together” event, tribal community members engaged in community-building activities like sharing songs and stories and had a chance to provide input on how to address mental health issues and substance abuse in their community.  The tribes’ oversight panel will use the input to develop its Youth Strategic Prevention Plan with the intention of implementing some of the ideas by the end of the year with funds from SAMHSA. Tulalip Tribal Chairman Mel Sheldon, Jr. said that gatherings like this are important because information about issues like mental health and substance abuse is presented in a way that is accessible for community members. "Not only that, but the process engages our citizens, and utilizes their expertise and wisdom, to find ways to heal," said Sheldon. "Because the solutions are coming from our citizens, we have their buy-in when it comes to implementing those strategies. It's a powerful process, and almost overwhelming to hear all the stories and feelings of our people."

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Populations:  American Indians and Alaska Natives
Settings:  American Indian/Alaska Native Settings
Planning and Implementing:  Culturally Based Practices
Strategies:  Connectedness