Bison, Inc. announces National Native American Wellbriety Month,
in conjunction with National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery
Month, to be celebrated in Native American communities nationwide
throughout the month of September.
addition to the national multicultural celebration, CSAT, The Center
for Substance Abuse Treatment, a part of SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration, in partnership with White
Bison, Inc., an American Indian non-profit organization, are co-sponsoring
special Native American community education events and celebrations
in the following cities: Albuquerque, New Mexico Anchorage,
Alaska Billings, Montana Bowler, Wisconsin
Chicago, Illinois Cincinnati, Ohio Dayton, Ohio
Guadalupe, Arizona Heart Butte, Montana Kingstree,
South Carolina Nampa, Idaho San Francisco, California
Santa Cruz California Tahlequah, Oklahoma and
Thoreau, New Mexico.
year's focus is on Celebrating Health. During the month of September,
Native American communities will proudly showcase grassroots efforts
at promoting, supporting and living healthy lifestyles. Native American
events this September will focus on well individuals, families and
communities, utilizing culturally appropriate activities and presentations.
All events and activities during National Native American Wellbriety
Month are free and open to all who have an interest.
major, nationally-accessible event celebrating Recovery/Wellbriety
Month 2003 is the White Bison 4th Annual Circles of Recovery Conference
to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from September 18-21, 2003
at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 Second St. NW in Albuquerque.
The focus of the conference this year is on Strengthening Our Nations.
The Conference will feature internationally known authors who have
been leaders in the sobriety, recovery and wellness movement since
the 1980's. There will be tracks, workshops and programs for Native
American youth, recovery in prison, coalition building, the GONA
(Gathering of Native Americans) and Healing Forest approaches to
Native wellness, and much more. Visit the White Bison website www.whitebison.org
for more information. Registration is free for the first 750 people
and is open to anyone having an interest in sobriety, recovery and
wellness in a Native American cultural format.
learn more about the National Recovery Month activities visit the
CSAT website at www.recoverymonth.gov
For information of special interest to the Native American community
nationwide visit White Bison's website at www.whitebison.org.
For the latest information about the communities listed above contact:
Norman Sitting Up
Vicki White Wolf
406 671-8423 Cell
Dr Clare Cory
Darrell Rides at the Door
invite all who wish to live healthy Native American lifestyles,
free of additions and other dysfunctional behaviors, to volunteer
and/or participate in Wellbriety Month, September, 2003.
The Fourth Annual Circles of Recovery Conference
Presented by White Bison, Inc. and NANACOA
Native America in the celebration of sobriety, recovery and wellness
in the fourth annual Circles of Recovery Conference to be held in
Albuquerque, New Mexico from September 18-21, 2003 at the Albuquerque
Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is an
event that brings together Native Americans and those working with
them and their communities in the intervention, treatment, prevention
and healing of unwell behavior, promoting the Red Road journey to
wellness and health for Native people. This year's conference focuses
on healing Native American tribes and nations, just as the three
previous conferences in 1999, 2001, and 2002 focused on healing
individuals, families and communities, respectively.
Circles of Recovery Conference offers a kaleidoscope of activities
designed to appeal to the diverse interests of participants from
all over Turtle Island (North America), including visitors from
other parts of the world. There will be nine keynote speakers, eight
specialized conference tracks, fourteen educational workshops, the
presence of Elders and an Elder's panel, as well as Native American
healing ceremonies, a Recovery Month Powwow, an Awards and Recognition
event, a Banquet, and a first-ever Wellbriety Roast, guaranteed
to bring Native American humor into the mix.
year's Circles of Recovery Conference is co-sponsored by White Bison,
Inc. and NANACOA, the National Association of Native American Children
of Alcoholics. White Bison, Inc., is an American Indian non profit
organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that has been
providing sobriety, recovery and wellness resources to Native Americans
since 1988. NANACOA is an organization dedicated to helping Native
people who grew up in homes where alcohol played a destructive role.
The Conference is supported by a coalition of nationally-based organizations
working for healthy lifestyles in both Native and non Native cultures.
This year's organizational collaborators include: Community Anti
Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Albuquerque Indian Health
Service National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) Albuquerque
Indian Center American Indian Science and Engineering Society
(AISES) and Faces and Voices of Recovery.
Circles of Recovery Conference features Native Americans who are
advocates for, or resource providers of programs and "tools"
of addictions recovery and healing, culturally appropriate to Native
Americans. These include Don Coyhis Kevin Gover Dr.
Pamela Jumper-Thurman Sharon White Fawn Willie Wolf
Jeri Brunoe-Samson Theda New Breast Kevin Peniska
Sam English, Blaine Wood and others.
year's conference is also proud to feature presentations by four
authors whose work in sobriety, recovery, healing, and wellness
has brought them international acclaim as trend setters in well
living. They are:
Addictive Organization, Living in Process, and others
to One Another, Leadership and the New Science, and others
Will Never Happen to Me, and Changing Course, and others
White Bison Circles of Recovery Conference is one of the high points
of the wider National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
taking place across the country in September, sponsored by SAMHSA
(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and
CSAT (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment). The Conference is proud
to have two members of the National anti-drug effort as speakers
in Albuquerque. They are: Dr. H. Westley Clark, Director of CSAT,
and Beverly Watts-Davis, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse
Circles of Recovery Conference is the fourth in a series of White
Bison Native American healing events that have taken place since
1999. These events also include the four Journeys of the Sacred
Hoop, which took place in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. The White Bison
Hoop of 100 Eagle Feathers has been part of these activities and
will be present as an important ceremonial element at the Conference
in Albuquerque. Participants in the Conference will take part in
Healing ceremonies with the Sacred Hoop during the four-day event.
They will also learn about plans for National Forgiveness Day, April
17, 2004, which is in the early stages of discussion to take place
Circles of Recovery Conference in Albuquerque is free for the first
750 registrants and is open to anyone having an interest in sobriety,
recovery and wellness in a Native American cultural format. Registration
information and a brochure with more complete information about
Speakers, Themes, Tracks and Workshops is available by calling White
Bison toll-free at 1-877-871-1495, or visiting the website at www.whitebison.org