Name of Program: Choctaw SANE-SART Project
SANE-SART Coordinator: Alyssa Ben, MBCI SANE-SART Coordinator
Address: 101 Industrial Road, Choctaw, MS 39350
Jurisdiction: Choctaw Police Department, PL 93-638, non-PL280 state
Government: The Mississippi Band of Choctaws is governed by a tribal chief and a 17-member tribal council who are elected to 4-year terms by members of the tribe. The tribal chief is selected by the entire tribe. The tribal council membership is based on population size within their respective communities, with elections held on staggered 4-year terms.
Tribes served: Eight communities within the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Location/region covered: Mississippi. "The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian Reservation contains more than 35,000 acres of land situated throughout Mississippi, in 10 different counties. Pearl River, the site of Tribal Government Headquarters, is the largest Choctaw community and is located in Neshoba County. There are eight recognized Choctaw tribal communities and over 10,000 enrolled members. Approximately 9,200 members live on or near the reservation."
Official Web site: www.choctaw.org/
Culture: "Choctaw culture is a vital aspect of community life. The entire community turns out for school spring festivals to watch children dance and enjoy a traditional meal of hominy, frybread, and fried chicken." (Source: Choctaw Culture.) Each year, the community hosts the annual Choctaw Indian Fair where the beadwork of Choctaw artists is displayed, the skills of Choctaw dressmakers are visible, and where community dance groups perform for friends and visitors. Wisdom, recipes, advice about life, dance steps, Choctaw words, basket patterns, and what it means to be Choctaw are passed along from each generation through social dance, stickball, basket making, traditional clothing, foodways, and other cultural traditions. (Source: Choctaw Culture.)
Name of program: SANE-SART Tribal Program
SANE-SART Coordinator: Charity White
Jurisdiction: PL280 State
Government: The tribes within SIHC's consortium operate on a democratic government with an elected Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary. There are a number of other elected positions that vary by Tribe.
Tribes served: Seven Bands of Kumeyaay Indians
Location/Region covered: Southern California
Official Web site: www.sihc.org/
Culture: The Kumeyaay are Native Californians who have lived, and currently live in San Diego County, Imperial County, and Baja California, Mexico. The Kumeyaay maintain their traditions so they can remember how their ancestors lived. The singing of bird songs and the playing of Peon are examples of how the Kumeyaay remember and learn about their culture today. Many Kumeyaay also continue to make traditional baskets, willow bark skirts, and other items to keep their traditions alive and share them with others. In the past, women might have made baskets because they needed them. Today, even though they can go to the store to buy a container, they may still learn to make baskets as did their mothers and grandmothers so that they can maintain an important tradition. The Kumeyaay were experts on how to survive in the varying climates of the San Diego and Baja California regions. They used available natural resources for food, clothing, shelter, and even to make music and games. The Kumeyaay also adapted to climate variations such as drought by storing food and water in preparation. Due to their vast knowledge of the area and understanding of the environment, the Kumeyaay survived in this region for thousands of years before European contact.
Name of Program: TCRHCC SANE/SART Program
SANE-SART Coordinator: Gwenytha S. Parrish, RN MSN
Jurisdiction: Navajo Police Department, PL 93-638
Government: TCRHCC is governed by a Board of Directors from the grass roots level, representing eight Navajo chapters. The Hopi village of Moencopi, and the San Juan Paiute Tribe. Board members are available and accessible to answer questions and hear community input.
Location/Region covered: Northern Arizona
Official Website: http://tchealth.org