Nenana Wellness Coalition
November 17, 2015
The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate, masticate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
We had 13 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Rosemary Allen, Laura & Max Hokenson, Jeannie Bennett, Virginia Young, Nina Bolton-Hale & Wes Hale, Mary Alexander, Miles Martin and Tim Horn.
We enjoyed baked chicken wings with rice pilaf, fresh green salad, kimchee, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and pecans & raisins for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Jeannie Bennett.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Miles, with a short moment of silence to reflect upon the higher powers.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.
MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Rose introduced Laura’s infant son, Max, who is RMHA’s newest consultant on youth issues. Early Head Start is closed this week for training so Max has been learning about operations at Railbelt.
UPDATES/ANNOUNCEMENTS: Due to the length of the video today we had announcements first while we ate lunch.
Wes: He and Nina brought books to donate for a rotating Wellness Library; he presented us with two copies each of Chasing The Scream, The first and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari and The Five Stages of Collapse, a Survivor’s Toolkit, by Dmitry Orlov for people top read and discuss.
Bonnie: The Alaska LNG meeting will be tomorrow, November 18, 6:00 PM at the tribal hall, with light refreshments.
November 19th will be the Thanksgiving Community meal at Nenana City Public School, starting at 11 AM.
Friday, November 20th will be the Thanksgiving lunch at the Senior Center.
November 27th there will be a community pot luck Thanksgiving celebration meal at the tribal hall, starting at 5 PM.
David: Animal Planet Channel will be airing the Nenana Urban Farm segment next week. Other than that, he is just trying to keep all his animals fed and warm.
Rose: As always, it’s all about funding, funding, funding for us at Railbelt. Every year we have to wait to see what the status of our funding will be.
Laura: Is working on the practicum portion of her Social Work degree,
Tim: for Envisioning Wellness, The American Lung Association will be presenting December 1st at WIN about the I Act Free tobacco prevention coalition. Then, December 15, Miles Martin will present on some of the challenges of winter gardening.
Carl’s Friday 6PM Ham Radio class is going well.
Jeannie: Harriett will be coming home tomorrow.
Nina: After years of knitting “backwards” she is learning how to knit right-handed. Her 97 year old grandmother recently died.
The House I Live In: (From the video web site)
40 Years, $1 Trillion, 45 Million Arrests: This is the War on Drugs.
Forty years ago, President Nixon called a press conference to tell the American people that their “public enemy #1” was drug abuse. He then proceeded to declare an all-out war on drug users and sellers, with resounding repercussions on criminal justice policy and on vast numbers of Americans.
Subsequent presidents, drug czars, and local politicians have followed Nixon’s lead, fueling an unprecedented boom in the country’s prison population and waging an ever-escalating campaign against what many consider to be nothing more than a public health problem.
The war on drugs has been a failure practically, morally, and economically. The result of this law enforcement approach are stark: today, there are more than 500,000 people incarcerated for drug offenses; billions of dollars are spent annually on narcotics enforcement; treatment is still out of reach for millions of people; and drugs are more available and cheaper than ever before.
But there is also a growing recognition that the course of the past 40 years must change, and there is increasing momentum for drug policy reform from all levels of government and civil society.
We viewed the video but there was no time for discussion. Hopefully everyone will have an opportunity to think about the film and discuss it next week.
The Creator has made available to us all the laws, principles and values which we need to know to live in harmony. The Creator also designed each human being to learn and grow by trial and error. We have tools to help us live the right way. We have prayers, visions, nature, teachers, Elders, and we have the Great Spirit to talk to and ask for help when we have problems. We also have choice. To walk the Red Road takes courage and a lot of prayer.
Creator, give me courage to walk the Red Road.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:15 PM