Group works to prevent alcoholism with cultural education - KOTA Territory News

Group works to prevent alcoholism with cultural education

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Many Native Americans believe the introduction of alcohol is one of the downfalls of their culture. But a new prevention program aims to tackle the problem by educating young adults about Lakota values and history. 
 
Prevention Specialist David Claymore says educating young Native Americans about their culture promotes a substance abuse free lifestyle.  "It encourages them to want to be like their ancestors," he said.
 
The values, covered throughout the seven week course include: respect, love, wisdom, bravery and forgiveness; all values that discourage and deter alcohol use.  "It was nice to learn about it and how it can help you stay away from it," participant Larissa Claymore said.
 
The program is free, and they're looking for more people, ages 18 to 24 to participate.
You can call 791-4445 for more information.

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