Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Future Recovery and Wellness Center for Teens

Story and Photo by Eileen Persike, Star Journal

July 31, 2023 – Cassian – A ground blessing today in the town of Cassian celebrated the coming together of Wisconsin’s tribal communities and regional partners to create the Adolescent Recovery and Wellness Center. It’s a project nearly two decades in the making, led by the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council. The celebration was held in part to “Imbue the ground with the wisdom of tribal elders” and connect to the healing energy of nature.

“It’s not about sticking that shovel in the ground first and breaking the ground,” said GLITC CEO Brian Bainbridge. “It’s about starting it in a good way so we can heal from this ground.”

Cultural connectivity will remain an integral part of the facility, combining “multiple Tribal wellness themes and harnessing the healing power of nature, fire and water,” according to a facility brochure. The 36-bed residential facility aims to provide culturally relevant services and treatment for Native American youth, ages 13-17, who are suffering from substance use disorder and any co-occurring mental health conditions. It will also be available to non-Native teens.

“It gives my heart happiness to see our flags flown in a place that will not only provide our kids their indigenous journey to healing, but it also reminds our kids and anyone who is fortunate enough to come here that they are supported, loved, seen and valued by all of our tribal nations, said Shannon Holsey, GLITC board of directors president.

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