Integrating Tribal Cultural Practices into Tribal Juvenile Detention Centers and Reentry Plans [open pdf - 367KB]
"Traditional cultural ceremonies and practices are integral parts of life for youth, families and communities across Indian Country. Cultural practices and ceremonies teach values of respect, responsibility, health and wellness. These teachings can be especially important for youth who are incarcerated, and those who are preparing to reenter their communities after serving time in a juvenile detention center [JDC]. Cultural ceremonies and practices, including sweat lodges, talking circles, and storytelling can assist detained and reentering youth become reconnected with their tribal communities. They can also help youth understand how to take responsibility for past negative decisions, and identify positive pathways to overcome substance abuse and other issues that contributed to being placed in a JDC, and serve as a foundation in the transition back into their communities."
Tribal Juvenile Detention & Reentry Resource Center: http://www.tribalreentry.org/