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American Indian Changing Spirit Receives Yawa' Award

San Manuel Mission Band of Indians Celebrates Community Giving

Highland, CA On March 15, American Indian Changing Spirits, a culturally-relevant residential recovery center located in Long Beach, was proud to receive the prestigious Yawa' Award from San Manuel Mission Band of Indians during their 10th Annual Forging Hope Celebration honoring four non-profits for their contributions to the community.

Director Raul Garcia expressed gratitude, "We want to thank San Manuel for all of the support they have given us allowing us to continue our work."

"We are thrilled to be recognized by San Manuel," said Jimi Castillo, Spiritual leader for American Indian Changing Spirits, "but I also want to thank the staff and residents of our program, as they make the program what it is today." As a result of San Manuel's support, since 2012, over 464 participants were able to complete their residential substance abuse and sober living program on their path to spiritual healing and sobriety.

During the ceremony, Director Garcia announced that American Indian Changing Spirits has been approved by the State of California to open the Changing Spirits Women's Program.

Superior Court Judge, Debra Sanchez, states the program's deep spirituality is a different way of thinking allowing many of our Native communities to renew that bond with the Creator and their fellow beings.

American Indian Changing Spirits combines evidence-based treatment with Native American healing traditions such as sweatlodge, talking circle, and community ceremonies. " Yawa' means "acting on one's beliefs," and celebrates those who give hope to the community.


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