Pathways to Healing Conference

MAYETTA:  The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s Alcohol & Drug Program is hosting a Community Wellness: Pathways to Healing Conference at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort.  Several speakers are scheduled to speak on cultural healing and wellness in various breakout sessions throughout the two-day event.

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Jeri Brunoe (left) is the keynote speaker for the conference and is seen with Tribal Chairman Steve Ortiz and Laverne Haag of the PBPN Alcohol & Drug program.   Brunoe is from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon and is a motivational speaker, actress and writer. Chairman Ortiz gave opening remarks at today’s conference and Haag is moderator for the conference.

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John Pewamo, right, gave the invocation yesterday in his native language and is seen with Rose Hale, left, and Olivia Pewamo, center.

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Mendy Thompson, behind the counter, helped register participants before the conference and is with the Alcohol & Drug Program.  Other sponsors for the conference are the Prairie Band Casino & Resort, PBPN Tribal Council, Kansas Rural Law Enforcement Methamphetamine Initiative, State of Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services, PBPN Adult Services Program and the Native American Wellness Association.

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One of the exercises at the conference was meeting new faces.  The conference ends at  4 p.m. April 15.