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Avis Archambault

Native American
Lakota & Gros Ventre (Ft. Belknap, Montana)

Briefly describe your work:
My adult life-long involvement  (some 30 plus years) has been in the realm of Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of inter-related issues of Native Peoples; stemming from the all too common patterns of childhood abuse/ neglect, alcohol/ substance abuse, and domestic violence. If one can generalize about common root causes-  certainly the Historical Trauma, the Cultural Oppression and the internalization of that oppression; which has been our common experience--  has greatly impacted our healing and potential development both individually and as a People.    My approaches to the complex issues described herein have been many.  I have utilized psychological text book/ mainstream methods, Native Traditional Ceremonies and practices and Story-telling,  Arts-centered therapeutic methods (including Drawing. Dance/ movement, Role-play and Poetry).  In recent years-  I have incorporated the use of Mind/ Body Medicine and Bio-Energetic Self-help Methods.  Much of my work has been with Women's Empowerment as well as with Human Development Potential Among Native Americans and First-Nations Peoples in diverse communities including: Educational settings,  Urban settings and Reservations, as well as with Governmental and private organizations.  

I provide my services via: On-Site
My Fees & Requirements are: Consultation fee= $1000 per training Day  (prep. days or extensive  travel days (if needed)  are negotiable)    Prepaid Airfare by contractor    Meals and Lodging paid by contractor    (ALL fees negotiable in Indian Country)

References: NATIONAL INDIAN CHILD WELFARE INC., Portland, OR (several years facilitation of "Circles of Care", "GONA Trainings", and many years of NICWA Annual Conference facilitation).  Contact: Director;Terry Cross, NICWA @ (503) 222-4044, ext. 112; or  [email protected].    NATIVE WELLNESS INSTITUTE, Gresham, OR (various projects; "Wellness In the Work Place" and various conference facilitation), and Acupuncture for Wellness). Contact;  Jillene Joseph, Director @ (503)666-7669  or [email protected].    CSAP, Washington D.C., an Original GONA  Co-creator/ Trainer, Prevention Trainings, on-going GONA's since 1994. Contact: CSAP Original GONA Overseer: A. Billy Jones-Hennin (202) 695-506, or [email protected].  Alternate contact: Original GONA Co-creator (Head Project Trainer) Theda Newbreast (406)732-9288 or [email protected]    PROJECT MAKING MEDICINE (Facilitation of Child Abuse Prevention Tainings; several years) Contact: Dr, Dee Bigfoot, Dept. Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, (405)271-8858; or [email protected]    GUIDING STAR LODGE, Phoenix, Arizona (Women's/Children's Shelter, Treatment  and Rehabilitation Center)  Facilitation of Sweat Lodge and Talking-Circle Ceremonies and Native Traditional Counseling, facilitation of special Cultural Events for some 30 plus years. Contact:  Yvonne Fortier,  Clinical Director; (602) 820-6094 or [email protected]          

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