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IAMNDN Program Proves Culture is Prevention

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 16th, 2016 Last Updated on: May 16th, 2016

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You've probably seen us share some information about Comanche Nation's IAMNDN youth program before. We've highlighted the program and shared some of the cool videos the youth have been making. Not only is it a great way for kids to socialize and learn about their culture, but they're also staying healthy by making positive life choices.

In a recently released report prepared by the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board, the 2014-15 Comanche Nation SPF-TIG Data Comparison Report shows that IAMNDN Native Drug-free Nations was effective at reducing underage alcohol use and prescription drug misuse.

“……youth (who received the highest dosage of the IAMNDN intervention) reduced their drug use-drastically.”

“These results are truly remarkable and …speak to the strength of the IAMNDN program for youth.”

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So great to see statistics back up the results!

The IAMNDN Youth Council typically meets 3 nights per week at the Comanche Nation Prevention & Recovery Center in Lawton, OK. They currently have Cultural Classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings from 6 – 7PM and are in the process of finalizing a schedule for the summer months. They also have an IAMNDN Powwow Club and Youth Choir that frequently hit up events across the state.

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There are some exciting events lined up for the youth this summer so make sure you plan ahead!

June 3 – Videography Workshop with Mr. Holt Hamilton, Director of Legends From the Sky & More Than Frybread, Comanche Nation College, 1608 SW 9th St, Lawton, 10 – 5PM, ages 12 – 18.

June 6-10 – Multimedia Camp / Talent Show, Don't Gamble With Your Life, DR. Vic & Jesse “Red Eagle” Robbins, Comanche Nation Complex, 9 – 4PM each day, breakfast & lunch provided, ages 12 – 18. The camp is a collaborative effort with the Dr. Wiley Harwell & the Oklahoma Association on Problem & Compulsive Gambling.

June 20 – Day of Champions Sports Camp, Walters Youth Park, N. Ross & E. Kansas, Walters, OK. 8 – 4PM, ages 8 – 18, breakfast & lunch provided.

August 3 – IAMNDN Culture is Prevention Conference, Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, 135 NW 2nd, Lawton, Adult & Youth tracts, 9 – 4PM, Lunch provided.

IAMNDN is proudly funded through the Strategic Prevention Framework Tribal Incentive grant & the Partnerships for Success grant both from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration via the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board.

For more information on any of the upcoming events or how you can have IAMNDN visit your school please contact Raquel Ramos, IAMNDN / Comanche Nation Prevention & Recovery Center 580-357-3449 office, 580-713-3936 cell or [email protected]


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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