In honor of June 2016 being PTSD Awareness Month, the healing circle section of our newsletter will share some additional online resource related to PTSD healing:
1. Indian Country Today published an article in March, highlighting the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center‘s new approach to healing techniques for their clients by combining traditional Native practices The Center for Mind-Body-Medicine.
Excerpt from article Native Mindfulness: Minnesota Indian women’s Resource Center– “When women have been sexually or physically abused, their bodies are alien to them; so it is important to relieve the tension with technics creating inner calm,” explained Gordon. “And also to share, by talking, as the worst thing is shame and isolation. Mind body medicine is about creating an atmosphere of love, having faith in other people’s capacity to help, using specific tools.” Located in Phillips, Minnesota, the MIWRC has been offering a variety of therapeutic and support programs for mental illness, sexual abuse and drug addiction for 30 years. But EagleSpeaker and LaChapelle have noticed a real progress since they started practicing their innovative mix of Native American healing and mind body techniques. “We have a growing number of women who maintain their sobriety, so we are building a community of sober women with children,” emphasized LaChapelle.”
2. The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health released a video titled, Guided Breathing w/ NCDVTMH.
3. The Native Daughters journalism project (produced from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at Lincoln, NE) features profiles on Native women who served in the U.S. Military. The student led project produced three stories on Native women warriors; Darla Black epitomizes fearlessness in career home life, Native Women find cultural grounding in U.S. Military and Powwow’s drums call women warriors.
Find stories, with interactive elements, here: http://cojmc.unl.edu/nativedaughters/category/warriors
Excerpt from Native Women find cultural grounding in U.S. Military:
Historically, the importance of women warriors is laced throughout Native culture, carefully woven into the past. Today it remains a vital part of contemporary Native life and is likely to remain for generations to come. Regardless of the era, Native women warriors can find common ground in these issues:
•The reverence tied to the warrior’s core dates back to tribal warrior societies.
•The number of Native women enlisting in the armed forces is disproportionate, their reasons deep and complex.
• Native women warriors face a greater chance of sexual harassment, which increases their chance of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a long recovery.
• PTSD, survivor’s guilt and physical disabilities become heavy burdens, lightened by therapy, VA programs, and for some, traditional tribal healing practices. “It’s an especially big honor,” Jendry said. “It seems to be held especially close to our hearts because we can be warriors for our families, for our children.”