Diamond Ranch Academy has Included a ground-breaking, culturally competent treatment program for Native American adolescents. Under the direction of Native professionals and consultants, we have designed an integrated, culturally rich program that guides students on a path of discovery and connection with their Native traditions. Students learn the skills of sobriety and healthy living through connecting with their roots and exploring the strength of their Native identity.
Calender of Events
- Bird Singing
- Red Road to Sobriety Meetings
- Sweat Lodge
- (Las Vegas, Mesquite, and Southern Utah)
- SUU POW-WOW
- Paiute Tribe Social POW-WOW
- Cedar Band of Paiutes
- Mesquite POW-WOW
- Spirit Run
RED ROAD TO SOBRIETY MEETINGS
Red Road to Sobriety is a Native American alcohol/drug support group meeting. These meetings are held weekly.
In this environment participants will learn
*Smudge using cedar, sage, and sweet-grass for purification purposes.
*Observe, and learn the Red Road approach to strengthen their sense of self.
*Exercise, apply tribal songs.
*Define AA Langauge, and terms.
*Learn, identify and exercise traits of a supportive group member.
A Talking Circle is included to close each meeting.
(Las Vegas, Mesquite and Southern Utah
Paiute Tribe Social POW-WOW
Cedar Band of Paiutes
EXPLORE THE STRENGTH OF NATIVE IDENTITY
Damon Polk is a certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CADC II). He is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and born to the Quechan Indian Nation. He grew up on the Quechan Indian Nation in Southern California.
Damon facilitates the Red Road to Sobriety/ AA Meetings, He is a certified Prime for Life Instructor, and facilitates open Bird singing, and Open Drum sessions. Damon strives to incorporate the strengths of our beautiful Native Life ways with proven treatment modalities to create opportunities for individual student success.
Roland Sun Dancer
I am a Sun Dancer, that I dance twice a year, only after having served as one of the Fire Men for five years at a second dance, not the same one where I dance. This was because my Sun Dance uncle said that I would need to return to the origin of the dance. That for my tribe my family takes care of our funeral and memorial ceremony, for which I am a singer. That I do not charge for this privilege of pouring water, but see it as an extension of my commitment to the Sun Dance. that the first dance is my home dance and is dedicated to the children, the second dance is with a man named Arvol Lookinghorse on the Cheyenne River Reservation, he is Lakota and that the Lakota Nation is where the dance originated.