A Native American Tribe Is Using Traditional Culture To Fight Addiction

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A year and half ago, Gabe Stewart stood in tribal court pleading guilty to felony charges because he stole money from his family to support his opioid addiction. In January, his community honored him for overcoming addiction and watched as his case was dismissed entirely.

Stewart is a member of the Penobscot Nation in Maine, a state hit hard by the opioid crisis. American indigenous communities like his are also some of the hardest hit, with overdose deaths for rural American Indians and Alaska Natives rising by 519 percent between 1999 and 2015, more than double the increase nationally.

When Stewart faced felony charges related to his addiction to Percocet, he was able to benefit from his tribe’s unique approach to addiction. Recognizing that issues with substance abuse in native communities often arise from intergenerational trauma, the Penobscot Nation attempts to reacquaint criminal drug offenders with tribal traditions and cultural practices to help them make a full recovery.

Tribal members who commit substance abuse-related crimes can enter a program called the Healing to Wellness Court, which operates something like a traditional drug court but offers a cultural curriculum.

VICE News followed Stewart on his last day in the Healing to Wellness Court.

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Arlington High School 2017 Graduation Parent Fight Brawl 5-16-17

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We were excited to see our 17 year old son graduate and noticed that the lady in front kept yelling to other people “there is no saved seats”. We thought security would just throw her out. Well they did after this happened. Right after my son gives me a high five I heard the brawl start. As soon as I saw her pulling that ladys hair I ran up there to get between the lady and the older people on the row. Then security came and got her and rushed her out of there.

To leave on a postive note. The graduates of Arglinton received a record number of scholarships totaling over 30 million. This is not a depiction of Arlington High School students. Just one parent.

This Fight is Fixed – Dr. Ayo Ajim (Part 1 of 5)

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“This Fight is Fixed” – Dr. Ayo Ajim
Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010

Service Held at:

Grace International Church
Senior Pastors: Dr. Ayo & Alice Ajim
15401 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77083

For more info, call: (281) 564-7223
Website info: www.graceint.org
Twitter: www.twitter.com/graceint
Facebook search: “Grace International”

norcal ci2k18 when the fight calls recap full

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full recap of Christmas Institute 2018 “When the Fight Calls”, held at Old Oak Ranch in Sonora, CA from December 26-30, 2018.

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Also, much love to Steph-cious (and other contributors) for footage, pictures and cameos!

North Carolina Hog Farms Spray Manure Around Black Communities; Residents Fight Back

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– In eastern North Carolina, residents are battling with one of the state’s largest industries: hog farms. Last week, North Carolina lawmakers passed House Bill 467, which limits the damages that residents could collect against hog farms. The billion-dollar industry is primarily clustered in the eastern part of the state, where hog farms collect billions of gallons of untreated pig feces and urine in what are essentially cesspools, then dispose of the waste by spraying it into the air. Residents living in the area of the spray complain of adverse health effects and odor so bad that it limits their ability to be outdoors. For more, we speak with Naeema Muhammad, organizing co-director for the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, and Will Hendrick, staff attorney with the Waterkeeper Alliance and manager of the organization’s North Carolina Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaign.

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Fight Night Boise: Sage Northcutt Octagon Interview

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After securing his first win at welterweight in the UFC, Sage Northcutt discussed it with Jimmy Smith inside the Octagon.

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