Cultures of Recovery

Promoting Cultures of Recovery in Tribal Nations

In partnership with The Healing Lodge of Seven Nations

Principal Investigators: Martina Whelshula, PhD (Prime), Sarah Nelson, PhD (Research Core), & Debi LaPlante, PhD (Administrative Core)
Funder: Indian Health Service with funds approved by National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health
Timeline: 2014 – 2018

The Healing Lodge of Seven Nations (HL), a youth residential chemical dependency treatment center, serves youth from seven tribal nations (from Idaho: Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Kootenai Tribe and the Nez Perce Tribe; from Washington: The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians; and from Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation) and beyond. Recognizing the lack of programmatic research regarding best practices for supporting adolescents’ recovery within tribal nations, HL has developed a research partnership with the Division on Addiction. This partnership is the Center for Indigenous Research, Collaboration, Learning, and Excellence (CIRCLE). This CIRCLE-NARCH program, using a Tribal Participatory Research (TPR) approach, addresses gaps in knowledge related to key components of sustainable recovery environments in tribal nations by conducting a multi-site strengths and needs assessment study of the seven nations’ tribal recovery environment.