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KINSHIP & COMMUNITY HEALTH

Ancestral Healing Practices

Many of our protocols or practices have been passed down through time. Some of this include our ceremonies and relationship to the land along with the elements that interact with it. We offer time to build bridges through multigenerational learning engagements. This can be seen shared during our talking circles and other communities activities.

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Womanhood & Two-Spirit Coming of Age Ceremonies

We are approaching our 4th year supporting Coming of Age ceremonies here on Standing Rock. Families are able to support their young people in celebrating this stage of life with honorable practices that are culturally relevant. Participants will camp together for 4 days while relatives nourish their bodies and spirits.

Two-Spirit LBGTQIA Support

For 3 years we have been allies to our Two-Spirit relatives by supporting Sitting Bull College’s Two-Spirit club to offer a youth event, sharing awareness and experience from others in the community.  This has been well attended by the local public schools and helped us learn more about how to be better allies.

Social Interactions

& Wellness Support

We offer engagement events for people to develop skills for wellness practices. This year we tried a ‘Love your Heart’ wellness class where we had multiple stations for people to rotate through while visiting about personal healthcare practices. All participants left with a rosehip infused honey, heart healthy tea blend, and a green salt blend. We believe that by taking care of ourselves we are better equipped to support our relatives then expanding circles of community as well.

Crafting, Sewing & Beading Support

We have been regularly offering space for people to develop their creative skillset. From dresses to belt-making, cradleboards to baby moccasins, we encourage participants to join us with experienced crafters to share. Not only have we hosted these session at our site in Fort Yates North Dakota but our team has also transported the tools and materials to schools in South Dakota to increase the access for people across our reservation.