The Tribes war on meth got ammunition with $40,000 in funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs this week.
The money will go to advertising in the newspapers, radio and by billboard signs, and to fund a “State of the Reservation” meeting where all the good, bad and ugly is brought together with statistics and other factual information to show us where we are currently at in order to plan on where to go from here.
Meth has touched the lives of so many people, it’s almost unimaginable that its abuse continues to rage on among our people. Most everyone who keeps aware knows it’s here. It’s said that getting meth is easier than getting marijuana now days. It’s being manufactured in various ways locally and even laced with highly addictive prescription drugs to make the high even higher. And it’s been said it’s already led to the death of some of our people. It’s too bad that injury and death due to drugs – namely meth – cannot be more publicized. It’s not to sensationalize but to educate so everyone can know how the abusers died.
Where once Fort Peck Housing Authority had a problem with house parties in which violence and even death occurred, today, it’s a problem with meth.
Thirty-eight babies born addicted to meth is the latest statistic to be quoted in the Tribes’ committee minutes.
Homes are being broken into left and right. You can’t leave your home unattended or it will be scoped out and broken into. Don’t leave your checkbook out because meth users will wipe out your account in a heartbeat, taking a slew of other abusers down with them as checks are forged and cashed. Even when you leave your vehicle for an instant to run into the store – lock your door.
It’s really this bad. It seems we are in a war of survival.
There are bright lights out there, positive moves and positive people. But at the same time, we can’t ignore this big spirit of abuse sitting on the shoulders of our people.
This weekend is the first summer celebration to be held in Poplar. It’s going to be a good weekend of soaking up the songs, the dances, the food and the people. We don’t want that image of meth hanging over us. All this newspaper can do is keep bringing it up until everyone gets so sick and tired of it, that we hit that State of the Reservation event being planned and to take everything heart to break this cycle of abuse.
I can’t stand that I can’t let certain relatives in my home and my life due to their meth use, abuse and theft to feed their habit.
Our ancestors were called the “hostiles” by the federal government because we wouldn’t settle down and be good Indians. We were only trying to keep our way of life alive. We need to continue that hostile spirit when it comes to abuse of drugs among our people. Especially when mothers are leaving their kids, and dads are leaving their families.