Native sobriety conference set for March 25-27

BY TRAVIS SNELL
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
02/16/2016 03:30 PM
TULSA, Okla. – The Trail of Hope is holding its 26th annual Native American Sobriety Conference March 25-27 at the Crowne Plaza Southern Hills located at 7902 S. Lewis Ave.

Trail of Hope Chairwoman Lana Harjochee said the conference started 26 years ago after a handful of Native American men attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings never saw other Natives share their strengths, hopes and experiences as they started life clean and sober.

“There were no conferences or meetings for Native Americans to hear other Native Americans except maybe one or two AA meetings in Tulsa,” Harjochee said. “These men began a Native American conference that our people would be proud to attend and gather together sharing with one another life’s experiences, hopes, strength as a new person without the chemical that controlled and destroyed their lives.”

Harjochee said the conference has been in Tulsa for most of the past 26 years, moving to Lawrence, Kansas, for several years before returning to Tulsa. She said attendance for the 2015 conference was around 125 people but hopes more people attend this year.

“From what I understand, a long time ago it (attendance) used to be pretty low and then it grew, and its my understanding, when the conference moved off to Kansas it died basically and then when they brought it back it came back,” she said. “Last year we had between 100 and 125 or something like that. This year we’re hoping that there will be a lot more people, they’ll hear about the conference and will come. I’ve been going to Ponca City a lot this last month to different powwows, dances, sobriety meetings and things like that and none of them knew about Trail of Hope.”

She said the Trail of Hope is indigenous people trying to reach others who have been in some sort of chemical dependency, either drugs or alcohol. Harjochee said the group is not affiliated with AA or Narcotics Anonymous. She added that because the group is small, its main goal is to prepare for the following year’s conference.

“So we are trying to give the information that there is sobriety help out there. There are other Native Americans who are willing to talk to other Native Americans,” Harjochee said. “We know how our people are not wanting to tell others…about how alcohol has affected us and what it has done to us. So we’re trying to reach out and tell people that there is hope out there, that there is a way of living without it.”

The conference’s first day consists of registration, an opening ceremony, a speaker, entertainment and Talking Circles. Harjochee said Talking Circles are listening sessions divided by gender.

“The women will be in one group. The men will be in a different group. It’s just gives each other a chance to sit down and talk and basically tell what’s going on in their lives at that time. It’s kind of like a healing process,” she said.

The second day includes a sobriety walk, several speakers, Talking Circles and a sweat lodge at a separate location. Harjochee said the day also includes a Medicine Wheel workshop.

“The Medicine Wheel teaches us basically that everything is in circles in the Native ways. With sobriety, once you quit drinking or using drugs you’re starting all over like a baby. You’re learning life all over without all the chemical dependency,” she said. “Everything you’re doing, that’s what the medicine wheel teaches us, is everything is in a cycle, and as long as it’s all in balance everything is good.”

The last day consists of yoga, Talking Circles, a speaker and a cedar ceremony.

Registration for the conference is $20. Send a check or money order to Trail of Hope, PO Box 580941, Tulsa, OK 74158. Rooms at the Crowne Plaza are $89. Mention Trail of Hope by March 6 to receive the conference rate.

For more information about the Trail of Hope, call Harjochee at 918-407-7865, email trailofhopendnz@gmail.com or visit the organization’s Facebook page Trail of Hope Supporters.

Click here to viewthe Trail of Hope flyer.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏔᎸᏒᎢ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎦᏅᏅᎢ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏳᏓᎵ ᏅᏁᎯᏯ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏘᏌᏅ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎠ ᎠᎾᏱ ᎧᎸᎢ 25-27 Crowne Plaza southern Hills ᎥᎿᎾᏂ 7902 S. Lewis Ave.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎦᏅᏅᎢ ᏧᏓᏘᎿᎢ Lana Harjochee ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ 26 ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎤᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᎯᎸᏍᎩᏃ ᏅᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎤᏁᎵᏛᎢ Alcoholics Anonymous ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᏝ ᎢᎸᎯᏳ ᏧᎪᎲᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏯ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏅᏁᎲᎢ ᏄᎾᏟᏂᎬᎬᎢ, ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏅᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏛᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᎴᏒᎢ ᎾᏊ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎯ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᎦᎸᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏔᏌᏅᎢ.

“ᎥᏝᏃ ᏗᎬᏩᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎸᏢᎢ ᏳᏙᏢᏎᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏯ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏛᎪᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎠᎴ ᏱᎩ ᏔᎵ AA ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏔᎸᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Harjochee. “ᎯᎠᏃ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏯ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏴᏫ ᏰᎵ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎬᏩᏂᏰᏟᏗ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏌᏊ ᏗᎵᎪᏁᏗᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᏓᎾᏓᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᎴᏏᏙᎸᎢ.”

Harjochee Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᏔᎸᏒᎢ ᏗᏍᏆᎵᎲᎢ 26 ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᏛᎦᎶᎯ, Lawrence Kansas Z ᏭᏂᎷᏤᎢ, ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᏏ ᏔᎸᏒᎢ ᏣᏄᏂᎷᏨᎾ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᏃ 2015 ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏢᏃ 125 ᏄᏂᏨᎢ ᎠᏎᏅ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏅᏒᎢ ᎤᏂᎪᏗ ᎤᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ.

“ᏄᏍᏛᏃ ᎪᎵᎬᎢ, ᎪᎯᎩᏴ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ( ᎠᏁᏙᎯ ) ᎠᏂᎦᏲᏟᏃ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏊ ᎤᏛᏒᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎪᎵᎬᎢ, ᎾᎯᏳᏃ Kanas Ꭲ ᏥᏄᎾᏛᏅᏔᏅᎢ ᏭᏂᏑᎵᎪᏨᏭ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏊᏃ ᎢᎤᏂᏯᏟᏃ ᎠᎭᏂᏴᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᎡᏘ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏢᏃ 100 ᎠᎴ 125 ᎠᎴᏱᎩ. ᎯᎠᏃ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎣᎬᎭ ᏳᏂᎪᏕᏍᏗ ᏴᏫ, ᏳᎾᏛᎦᎾᏃ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏯᏂᎷᎩ. Ponca City Ꮓ ᎤᎪᏗ ᏩᏇᏙᎸᎢ ᏐᎢ ᏥᎧᎮᎢ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏧᏓᎴ powwows, ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎬᎢ, sobriety ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏯᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏧᎳᏃ ᎥᏝ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᎾᏂᏖᎢ ᎪᏢᏒᎢ Trail of Hope.”

ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎦᏅᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏅᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎾᏁᏟᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏧᏂᏃᎯᏎᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᎴᎿᎢ chemical ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎦᏍᏛᎢ, ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᏓᎸᏕᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᏗᏔᏍᏗ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Harjochee ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᎥᏝ ᏳᎾᎵᎪᎭ AA ᎠᎴᏱᎩ Narcotics Anonymous. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᏓᎺᎬᎢ ᎤᏍᏗᎢ ᏳᏍᏗ, ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᏃ ᎤᏂᏁᏉᏍᏗᎢ ᎢᎸᎯᏳᎢ ᏥᎨᏎᏍᏗ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᏣᏁᏟᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎣᎩᏃᎮᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᏢᏒᎢ sobriety ᏕᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᏁᎭ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᏧᎾᏟᏃᎮᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏯᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Harjochee. “ᏦᏦᎵᎦ ᏦᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏴᏫ ᎥᏝ ᏳᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᏧᏂᏃᎯᏎᏗ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ… ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎠᏓᏴᏍᏕᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏄᏅᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏂᎬᏁᎸᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᏣᏁᏟᏗᎭ ᎠᎴ ᏦᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎬᏩᎾᏓᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏴᏕᎲᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ ᏅᏠᏯᏍᏛᎾ ᏱᎩ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᎬᏱᏱᏃ ᏫᎪᏪᎶᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏍᏚᎢᏏᏙᎲᎢ, ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ, ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᎠᏰᎸᏅᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏓᏡᏍᎬᎢ ᏓᎾᏟᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Harjochee ᏓᎾᏟᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᏡᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᏛᏓᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏛᎢ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎤᎾᏓᏟᎪᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎤᏓᎴᎿᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎪᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᏟᏅᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᎤᎾᏅᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏟᏃᎮᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᏗᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎥᏟᏅᏫᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎢᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ sobriety ᎠᏨᏏᏰᏗ, ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ, ᏓᎾᏟᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏕᏱᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ sweat lodge ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᏂᏚᏓᎴᎢ ᏕᎪᏢᎭ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Harjochee ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎢᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ Medicine Wheel workshop.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Medicine Wheel ᎢᎨᏲᎲᏍᎦ ᏂᎦᎥᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᏲᎰᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏗ ᎤᏬᎯᏳᎭ ᏁᎯᏯᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ
sobriety, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏱᏣᏑᎵᎪᏣ ᎭᏗᏔᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎲᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏓᎸᏕᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏴᎭᎴᎯᏌ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎠᏓᎨᎢ ᎤᏍᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎭᏕᎶᏆᎠ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᏕᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏠᏯᏍᏛᎾ ᏂᎦᎥᎢ chemical ᎠᎵᏍᎦᏍᏙᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ . ᏂᎦᎥᏃ mᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎨᏲᎲᏍᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮎ Medicine Wheel, ᏂᎦᎥᏃ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᏲᎰᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏱᎦᏘᎭᎢ ᏱᎩ ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᏂᏱ ᎢᎪᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ yoga ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎰᎢ, ᏓᎾᏟᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᏡᏍᎪᎢ, ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᏗᏥᎾ ᏓᏂᎦᏒᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ.

ᎪᏪᎶᏗᏃ ᎥᎿ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ $20. ᏗᎵᎬᏩᏢᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏎᎯᏍᏗ ᏱᏮᎦᏅᎠ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏓᏅᏍᏗ ᏫᎦᏅᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Hope of Trail, PO Box 580941, Tulsa, OK 74158, ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎸᏃ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎾᏍᎩ Crowne Plazza $89. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎧᏃᎮᏗ Trail of Hope ᎠᏏ ᏂᎨᎭᎾᏭ ᎠᏅᏱ 6 ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ .

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Trail of Hope, ᏩᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ Harjochee ᎥᎿ 918-407-7865, ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏫᎦᏅᏗᎢ trailofhopendnz@gmail.com ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏩᏩᏛᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Facebook ᎤᎦᏅᏓᏛᎢ Trail of Hope ᎠᎾᎫᏍᏛᏍᎩ.

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