White Earth offering spiritual, grief counseling following deaths in Ogema and passing of tribal chairman
The White Earth Tribe is banding together as it mourns the death of a woman and two children who were found dead in Ogema Monday. This comes on the heels of losing their tribal chairman, Terry Tibbetts, who passed away over the weekend following his battle with cancer.
"Our hearts are heavy," said a press release issued Tuesday morning. "We are praying for the families of our tribal leader and for the tragic loss of our community members."
The tribe is holding a healing ceremony on White Earth today (Tuesday) for those who need help with coping with the losses, spiritual counseling and mental health counseling, with those services being offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the White Earth Community Center. There will be a healing circle and cedar wiping there; the event is open to the public.
In addition, there will be counseling offered at 10 a.m. at Rice Lake Community Center, Naytahwaush Sports Complex and the Pine Point Elderly Nutrition Center.
Staff from the White Earth MAT program, a drug addiction treatment service, will be onsite at the Tribal Health Building in White Earth Tuesday night and Wednesday night until 11 p.m., along with mental health and cultural support. If somebody is in need of support but can't make it, they are encouraged to call the crisis line at 218-850-4357.
"We will continue to move forward as a people," the press released stated. "We will heal together and we will unify. Remembering our chairman and our loved ones is essential to our healing. We ask for the continuation of prayers for our people."
As of Tuesday morning, no new information has been released from the BCA regarding the deaths in Ogema.