On August 3, 2009, Carmen Rosa of the NIDA Center for the Clinical Trials Network visited the Suquamish Tribe at the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Washington to witness the landing of the canoes, part of Tribal Journeys 2009. The Suquamish tribe is participating in the Pacific Northwest Node’s protocol CTN-0033-Ot-3, “Methamphetamine: Where Does It Fit in the Bigger Picture of Drug Use of American Indians and Alaska Native Communities and Treatment Seekers?”
Tribal Journeys 2009 focused on healing, sobriety, family involvement, team work, and responsibility. Families from home villages in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, and as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand, started journeys in early July and ended in Suquamish for a week-long celebration, during which they shared cultures, told traditional stories, and passed along tribal teachings to the next generation.
Many thanks to Dennis Donovan, Lisa Rey Thomas, and the rest of the Pacific Northwest Node team for hosting and assisting with this important event!