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Community invited to grand opening of White Earth youth treatment center in Bemidji

The White Earth Nation invites community members to help celebrate the Grand Opening of the Oshki Manidoo "New Spirit" Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday.

The Center is located at 1741 15th Street North West in Bemidji. There will be tours and program staff will be available to answer any questions.

This summer the White Earth Band of Ojibwe bought the former Archdeacon Gilfillan Center and on Jan. 5 and plans to reopen it as a tribally run chemical dependency residential treatment program for American Indian youth ages 10-18.

The Center will provide a holistic, culturally specific approach to promote healing from substance abuse, trauma, mental health problems, family relationship difficulties, and issues regarding identity and disconnection from community.

Cultural foundations are at the base of treatment with strong emphasis is placed on culturally sensitive models of treatment and evidence-based interventions for youth to promote healthy living and reconnection with family and community.

The center staff has begun accepting referrals. Please call (218) 751-6553 with referrals or requests for additional information. They will assist you by telephone or email and will offer presentations in your agency or community upon request.