INTER-TRIBAL WELLNESS CENTER (ITWC):
A Holistic Resolution for a Comprehensive Problem
- The InterTribal Wellness Center will be a Tribally owned and operated substance abuse treatment, recovery and personal development center.
- The InterTribal Wellness Center will offer residential treatment to all individuals eligible for treatment form any of the Tribal health departments in Montana and Wyoming . It can also be the residential treatment program for the urban Indian centers.
- The residential treatment program will be coordinated with the Tribal treatment programs, including planning and oversight by Tribal Behavioral Health and CD directors, collaboration with file sharing, and a reduced residential treatment cost for all Tribal groups. Treatment options will include the presence of Tribal- specific spiritual leaders to facilitate healing.
- The InterTribal Wellness Center will develop an endowment to sustain the program and reduce costs to the Tribes, as well as develop enterprises that will help the Center remain economically viable
- The overall goals of the InterTribal Wellness Center incorporate a complex array of services to a fully and successfully functioning enterprise that serves the mental, physical and spiritual needs of the people in need of services and the supporting communities in general.
- This calls for a reasoned and steady development of the Center and its programs so that growth is properly managed and developed on a solid financial and programmatic basis.
- We propose to sustain the project through ongoing fund raising and development of an endowment.
About the Facility
The potential that is offered by this facility seems endless. The property includes 638 acres of both hilly and level pasture land. A river runs through the property and sweat lodges have been built on its banks. There are high points/ledges, private nooks etc. that are conducive to vision quests, pipe ceremonies and other activities that often contribute to American Indians' healing and wellness. The architecture of the building incorporates an impressive modern design that allows natural light into the entire facility. The facility has large water wells that can serve the facility at full capacity and is designed to accommodate several more previously planned structures. The facility is located in a sufficiently isolated area where the client's attention to recovery is enhanced yet it is sufficiently close to Sheridan to provide services and supplies. The Crow/Northern Cheyenne hospital is reasonably close to offer emergency medical services as needed.