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Native Alive hosts successful walk/run

The Native Alive Campaign joined forces with the Diabetes's Program and DOVE for a very successful 5K walk/run at the White Earth Pow-Wow. All participants received medals for finishing, as well as T-shirts and running packets. Trophies were also...

The Native Alive Campaign joined forces with the Diabetes's Program and DOVE for a very successful 5K walk/run at the White Earth Pow-Wow.

All participants received medals for finishing, as well as T-shirts and running packets. Trophies were also awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each of the four age groups. There were over 80 runners and walkers that participated in this year's event.

Native Alive Campaign is excited about the group of individuals that gather each month to address suicide on the White Earth Indian Reservation. They call this group NAC Pack. NAC Pack members have been working hard in three areas, divided up into the following committees: the process committee, the awareness committee and the volunteer committee.

The Process Committee is working through the details of setting up a toll-free support hotline. This committee is also busy developing each step of the process, from when a call is received, to the response, on through to ensuring that the person with suicide thoughts is safe.

The Awareness Committee held a very successful taco sale at the White Earth Community Center on June 24. With the help of many NAC Pack members, community members, and businesses they were able to raise a significant amount of money to help with our upcoming support hotline. This was truly a team effort and a prime example of what they can do when everyone comes together. Through events like this we will be able to successfully sustain a support hotline on the White Earth Reservation.

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The Volunteer Committee continues to recruit volunteers who are willing to participate in the Native Alive Campaign. They are also organizing and planning SafeTALK trainings in the community. SafeTALK is a three-hour training that prepares people to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide resources in our area. Please be looking for your opportunity to be trained in SafeTALK.

NAC Pack continues to invite you to participate in our efforts of reducing suicide activity on the White Earth Indian Reservation. NAC Pack meets the first Wednesday of each month from 8 to 10 a.m.

NAC Pack offers a supportive environment while working towards our common goal. Our method of breaking up into working groups/committees is proving to be very beneficial and successful thus far.

Check out the updated website at nativealivecampaign.com

Native Alive Campaign Mission Statement: To create a community full of hope within the White Earth Reservation; offering dedicated support and assistance to those in need of strength and encouragement. To empower, support and educate community members with the ultimate goal of reducing suicide and depression and increasing the quality of life for all who live here.

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