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8th Annual Drug & Gang Summit held in Red Lake - P3

The first day of the 8th Annual Drug & Gang Summit, held in Red Lake, began on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the Red Lake Casino Event Center.

Sponsored by Red Lake Chemical Health Programs, the 3-day event, titled "Family-A Sacred Gift," invited community members, tribal programs, school personnel, mental health workers and other programs to take part in the Summit.

Scheduled events included key-note speakers, workshops and presentations each day. A comedy show took place on Tuesday evening with local comedian Jon Roberts, and a Round Dance is schedule on Wednesday night.

The mission of the Red Lake Drug and Gang Summit is to educate and mobilize tribal agencies, professionals, schools and community members in a variety of efforts opposed to illegal drugs on the Red Lake Reservation. The goal of the summit is to produce committees that will advise communities on how to effectively address issues of crime, drugs and violence while working closely with district representatives and the Red Lake Tribal Council.

According to a news release, it all began at a special Tribal Council meeting in September 2006. At that time it was announced that the Tribal Chairman was calling for a summit on Methamphetamine/crack cocaine to be held. The Indian & Free Drug Program, Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Red Lake Nation Coalition (White Bison) now the Seven Clans Wellbriety Coalition was instructed to head the summit.

For More Information on this event, please call: Tom Barrett at 679-3392, Salena Beasley at 679-3995, Marilyn Mountain at 679-3321 or Kelly Brunelle at 679-3313


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