Thunder Valley, Nebraska, Ruby Gibson discussed on Native America Calling

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Are you a Native American healthcare provider, recovery counselor, social worker, domestic and sexual abuse advocate or traditional healer working in Native American communities, doctor ruby Gibson, will begin a 7 month advanced immersion in healing historical trauma. This online masterclass looks through the lens of a 7 generational recovery approach to provide powerful proven modalities and is offered tuition free to tribal members. Registration deadline is February 21st info at freedom lodge dot org, who support this show. Thank you for tuning in to native America calling. I'm Sean spruce. We are revisiting weight clean Nebraska. We haven't heard much about the town since the liquor stores were shut down in 2017, but there are promising development plans. If you live in the area of white clay in the pine ridge reservation, tell us, how's your community changed in the last few years? Still time to join the conversation where at one 809 9 6 two 8 four 8 or one 809 9 native. Today we I'm curious to know, you know, obviously the changes here in weight clay, not everybody was thrilled about this. There were some people that were making a lot of money for better or worse from these liquor stores. These beer stores has there been pushback on these revitalization efforts. Not so far. I think that the state of Nebraska citizens of Nebraska for those that we're aware of what was happening in 2017 and have continued to follow what's been happening. I think there's a sense of like what's next, right? And so it's an opportune time to tap into that. Like I said, this could be an amazing story. The potential when you said, what's the legacy of white clay? I think the potential is that it can be an amazing story of what reparations in real time can look like. There's a lot of conversation that happens nationally internationally around reparations. A lot of time indigenous reparations are not a part of that conversation. But here's a specific real world real-time example of how a state, a state government and citizens of a state can provide reparations to an indigenous community in a really real and tangible way. If we know as indigenous people as indigenous communities, we have the answers, we have the solutions for all of these challenges that we are facing. You've heard examples of things going on right now. And I think it's a multi pronged approach that we're taking. There are some immediate interventionist things that have to happen because there's a present need. And then the long-term plan of how do we really change the trajectory of our community when it comes to addressing substance abuse and healing? And that's where Thunder Valley comes into the picture. This healing community, 48 acres to have an open canvas of what we want to see and develop and imagine. That's a tremendous opportunity for our community and our stakeholders to be a part of, right? To envision what could this healing community involve include? And that's a beautiful thing that a lot of times our communities are left out of. Things are designed for us, they're imposed on us. But this is really a grassroots effort to bring healing to those that need it most. But that's a long-term plan. To see it come to fruition will be around four to 5 years before we're able to do that in a tremendous amount of fundraising. So this is an opportunity for the citizens of Nebraska and the state government and other entities in Nebraska that reap the benefits of the profits and the despair. To give back. To our communities to the solutions that we are putting in place on the ground. So I think the potential is there. The story isn't completely written yet. But that's what we're actively working on. Today, we Thunder Valley, you have an economic mission, but you also have a social mission and I would imagine you come at it from a little bit different angle and say a nonprofit or a community nonprofit that's focused solely on say education or healthcare. So can you talk a little bit about Thunder Valley in how your overall vision kind of fits into this long-term plan for white clay? Absolutely. So Thunder Valley and vision is a liberated look with the nation. And this word liberation is also trending in the social justice world right now. People talk about black liberation, bipoc communities, liberation and very much indigenous people are a part of that effort. And we have been have been from the point of colonization. And what we've come to know here at Thunder Valley is liberation begins with healing. You can't be a you can be liberated, right? To be free from those chains of colonization from those vestiges of colonization that bind our people that continue to hold on to the traumas, the historical traumas, the current traumas. We can't be free from those things from that mindset until we have healing. And that takes efforts a collective effort from multitude of ways our spiritual connectedness first to our way of life. So relearning and reconnecting to who we are as a people and reclaiming that spiritual identity because it was ripped away from us. And then also incorporating more modern modalities of healing through substance abuse treatment, mental health services. Those types of things so that people have an opportunity to choose their healing pathway. Again, nothing paternalistic or imposing ideals on people, but allowing people that liberated thought process to find their own healing. And so we take a whole community approach. We have 8 initiatives. Everything is rooted in our life ways, though. We know that that reconnection to who we are, reclaiming our language, our spirituality and our life ways. Is the route. It's pathway. So this falls right in line with that. One of our biggest challenges at Thunder Valley is has been, how do we reach those most vulnerable in our communities? How do we reach those on the periphery? And when I was attorney general, that was a lot of the population, we see go in and out of the system. The recidivism rate is high because people can't stop using alcohol and drugs. Over 98% of our crimes are committed by people under the influence of alcohol, alcohol is still a primary enemy here on the pioneer reservation. People commit crimes that they normally would not even dream of doing when they're under the influence of alcohol. It was used as a tool of colonization and have continued to use as a tool of colonization. So in order to reach our relatives at our struggling in that way, that don't have a safe place that may want to be sober, but that don't have a place to go to. How do we reach them while this is an answer? This is a answer. To that, to that problem. Okay. And I do want to bring back into the conversation as well as Abram and talk a little bit more about these healing efforts, which are so vital to this whole mission. But I have one more question for you today. And I know that at one point the alcohol store owners they had an attorney and they sought to appeal. Have they had any success or is there any possibility that at some point.

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