White Bison, Inc. is a non-profit American Indian 501(c) organization
devoted to developing and distributing healing resources to Native America
since 1988. White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and
wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to Native American/Alaska Native
community nationwide. Our organization recognizes and encourages sober
community activities that celebrate Native American culture and traditions.
Each year Native American, individuals and families seek
access to Substance Abuse Residential Treatment for alcohol, drugs, gambling
and other addictions in both rural and urban areas. Currently, there are very
few Native American specific programs available for treatment, with the
exception of a couple well-known culturally specific programs out west. On a
weekly basis we receive phone calls from individuals and families hoping to
enter the “White Bison residential treatment program”. At this time, White Bison does not offer inpatient
After discussing with our team how we can help as a
Wellbriety Movement to meet the needs of our supporters, we came up with Wellbriety
Certified Treatment Centers (WCTC). Tribes, individuals and families
are seeking the Red Road to Wellbriety treatment approach! We have reached out nationally
to partner with culturally specific and non-Native inpatient treatment services
that provide beds to tribal people. We have developed a process to certify
treatment centers with the Wellbriety Approach. What we have witnessed is that
programs that have incorporated the Red Road to Wellbriety approach, have had
an increase of referrals due to the collaboration between White Bison and
residential programs. Here are our current WCTC to access if you are in need of
inpatient treatment: Volunteers of America in Sheridan,
Wyoming, New Directions for Women in
Costa Mesa, California, Native American
Rehabilitation Association in Portland, Organ and Northern Cheyenne Treatment Center in Lame Deer, Montana.
As Tribes move towards building sustainable inpatient
treatment services, we hope that you will join White Bison in our initiative to
provide Native American Culturally Specific Treatment to Native individuals.
You and your organization can help us by becoming a Wellbriety Certified
Treatment Center today!
For more information see the attached criteria or feel free to
contact White Bison by calling 877-871-1495, or emailing,- email@example.com!
See our criteria in the attachment below:CertifiedTreatmentCriteria.pdf (439KB)
View our Flyer Here:
Training Flyer.docx (904.9KB)
The Wellbriety Movement is continuously
striving to extend help and healing to as many Native communities as possible. We are always looking for ways to implement
outlets for healing for Native Americans suffering from social, economic, and
personal difficulties. Recently, White
Bison Inc. received a grant through the Office for Victims of Crime with the
Department of Justice to implement a new training program that we will be
bringing to nine cities in 2018.
Our program is known as “Self-Help Circles for American Indian and
Alaska Native Survivors of Homicide: A Wellbriety Approach.” Participants will learn the impact of grief
and loss in AI/AN communities and the need for healing. They’ll learn how to implement and market
community based self-help circles to offer aid to other community members in
the grieving process using culturally appropriate practices. They’ll also learn how historical trauma
creates complexities within the grieving process today.
Homicide rates in AI/AN communities
are twice as high s those in the general population. Homicide is the third leading cause of death
for AI/AN youth (age 15-24) and the second leading cause of death of AI/AN
adults. It is the number one cause of
death among AI/AN males. (Heron 2013)
These statistics are alarming and it is White Bison’s goal to address
this widespread issue and teach community members how to begin healing from
comprehensive training program was designed to incorporate culturally relevant
themes and strategies for implementing and facilitating self-help circles for
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals, families, and
communities who have lost friends and family members due to homicide.