A nonprofit grassroots coalition helping people of all ages receive assistance while providing them with the necessary skills to make the change they seek.
Grand Nations Ga Du Gi (people working together) program works to reduce substance use among youth and, over time, adults. In addition, Ga Du Gi addresses under-age drinking, adult binge drinking and alcohol, tobacco and prescription drug abuse through a variety of projects, including Responsible Recreation.
Ga Du Gi is funded by the Drug-Free Communities Program (DFC), a federal grant program that is provided to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use.
The primary purpose of the DFC program is to:
Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.
Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
The Ga Du Gi program also utilizes the Partnerships for Success Program (PFS) grant program, which aims to reduce substance misuse and strengthen prevention capacity at the state and community levels.
PFS programs provide eligible states and jurisdictions with funds to achieve quantifiable declines in rates of substance misuse. These programs address gaps in prevention services and increase states abilities to assist high-need communities with emerging problems related to substance use and misuse. PFS programs help leverage, redirect and realign state-wide funding streams for prevention.
PFS is based on the premise that changes at the community level will lead to measurable changes at the state level. Through collaboration, states and their PFS-funded communities of high need can effectively overcome challenges associated with substance misuse.
The Grand Nation Partnership for Success-Strategic Prevention Framework (PFS-SPF) is funded by Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health, which received funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The Grand Nation PFS-SPF is designed to prevent on onset and progression of substance abuse in Craig County.
Drop Box Locations for Prescription Drugs
Craig County Sheriffs Office, Delaware Ave #101, Vinita, OK 74301
Vinita Police Department, 104 E Illinois Ave, Vinita, OK 74301
Every June, Grand Nation hosts The Gathering of Champions, a free, three-day camp for Grand Lake area children and teens.
The Gathering of Champions camp encourages kids to get up, get out and explore by providing them with recreational and educational activities to keep their minds and bodies active.
The annual camp includes fun games and activities, but the focus is not on athletic skills. Through specialized training and mentoring, campers are taught character-building lessons that will help them excel throughout their lives. They will also learn about Native American culture, as well as the importance of health, fitness and life choices.
Campers are also introduced to the four principles of leadership discipline, trust, respect and hard work by a staff that includes former and current NFL/college football and softball players and coaches.
Grand Nations Community Gardens program provided Ketchum Public Schools with the funds to start a community garden. The programs goal is to teach students where food comes from and to address food insecurity issues. Future plans include starting more community gardens.