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Keeping hearts and minds healthy during the winter

RAPID CITY, S.D. — With colder temperatures keeping people inside, representatives from the Oyate Health Center looked for options to keep the Indigenous community connected and engaged.

Every month, representatives from the center’s Connecting With Our Youth Program hold a family friendly event to combat seasonal depression and encourage sobriety.

“With the cold weather and less social interaction, there’s a lot more isolation and depression within our community,” said Tiana Spotted Thunder, Oglala Lakota and the Connecting With Our Youth program coordinator. “Each month we gather and brainstorm different activities. We learn from what went well in the past and vote on events for the future.”


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