Saturday, September 29, 2012

Traditional Approaches to Child and Family Health

Fargo-MoorheadAmerican Indian Education Program
3rd Annual Wellness Conference
Fargo, ND (Fargo Dome)

The purpose of this conference is to promote wellness among AI students and families in F-M schools.  The presentation provided an overview of traditional Lakota approaches to child and family health.  Some of my favorite quotes: "A child is sacred.  And when a child comes into the home, the family must welcome it.  And if the child feels the want, he will come into this world very, very strong, and not to know this is to know nothing."  Blackfeet.

Unfortunately, the social circumstances many of our children face are very difficult.  With family and community support, we can encourage our youth to finish school and to be very, very strong.  Another quote: "You are only as happy as your saddest child."

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