Substance abuse prevention for American Indian high school students

The Foundation's Improving the Health of Native Americans program was designed to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to develop innovative, culturally relevant projects to address their major health care needs.This project aims to reduce drug and alcohol abuse among Indian adolescents. Drug abuse pros who work with Indian youth in Minneapolis estimate that at least half have drug problems. Targeted will be 1,300 students, grades 7-12, in 3 alternative Indian schools. The project will incorporate peer counseling and traditional healing practices. At least 10 youths recovering from drugs will be trained in peer counseling techniques. Recruited Native American elders will teach traditional values and guide youths in healing ceremonies and practices. Also, 200 youths will participate in prevention education classes aimed at the general student population. It is projected that 75 percent will experience improved self-awareness and self-esteem on self-assessment questionnaire and 50 percent who report drug use will stop. At least 100 youths with serious drug abuse problems will participate in the peer group sessions, which will include traditional healing ceremonies.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $96,328.00

Awarded on: 7/26/1990

Time frame: 9/1/1990 - 8/31/1992

Grant Number: 17022


Minneapolis American Indian Center

1530 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, 55419-2136


Rudy Pacheco
Project Director


Michael Wiebe
Project Director