Nebraska Indian Community College Confronts Meth

Aug 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By James Hallum

The Nebraska Indian Community College Tribal Extension hosted a presentation called “Living with Meth” at the Santee Community School in Santee, Nebraska. Speakers from the Sisseton and Ihanktowan reservations in South Dakota, along with Brandi Eastman and Leon Flying Hawk, told of their experiences living with addiction, how easily it was for them get started, the hardships of day-to-day living with the drug, and their struggles to quit. Although their stories were heartbreaking to hear, there were rays of hope when speakers revealed they had been free of the monster called meth.

Also speaking was Jody Zephier from Wagner, South Dakota. She shared how she had formed a boys and girls club there so that the youth in her area could have a safe place to stay. This club was formed for the children of addicts. One member from the boys and girls club told the crowd about the daily struggles of living with addicts. Both speakers also let the youth here know that they were not alone and to never give up hope.

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