Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $49,350
The Bighorn Valley Health Center completed a feasibility study for establishing the Itchik Diiawakaam Family Healing Center within the Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation. The study determined that a supportive housing model could sustain the Healing Center if capital funds could be raised for construction costs. Through this project, the Healing Center received its 501(c)3 status. They plan to complete a business plan and conduct a capital campaign to raise funds to build the facility. The Healing Center will provide a program and facility that allows individuals and families to heal together in their community while immersed in Crow cultural values and support. The center’s focus on relational justice, foster care alternatives, integrative approaches to mental and physical health, meaningful work, trauma resolution, and indigenous models of education will serve as a blueprint for the exploration process. The center will be piloted in Lodge Grass on the Crow Indian Reservation, and residents will be engaged in all facets of program creation and implementation. Project partners include Lodge Grass City Government leadership and tribal community members.