Connecting With Our Youth presents HERO Expo!

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Tentative Agenda:

H.E.R.O. Expo 2022 

1st Annual He Sapa Encouraging Resiliency in our Oyate 

FREE Youth and Community Expo

June 22 – 24, 2022 

The MonumentRapid City, South Dakota 

Day 1: June 22nd, 2022 

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Registration/Breakfast Rushmore Hall 1 

8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Asnikiya Room (Room of Rest) Open Throughout the Expo

Childcare room – Open throughout the Expo

8:00 am: Opening Prayer by Chris Eagle Hawk 

Welcome by Trivia Afraid of Lighting-Craddock, CWOY Program Manager & Jerilyn Church, CEO of Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board

9:00 am Keynote Speakers:  John Witherspoon & Mylo Smith

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch Rushmore Hall 1 

Guest Speaker:  Miss Denver March Powwow Tessa Abby 

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Start of Breakout Sessions: 

  • Question, Persuade, and Refer Training (Q.P.R.) – Annie Lloyd 
  • Community Emergency Response for Teens (CERT for Teens) – EOC  
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Administration – Larry Archambeau 
  • Working with Youth – CWOY Staff 
  • Music as Medicine – ALLSZN Fam 
  • Pte Oyate Concepts (Suicide awareness) – Chris Eagle Hawk  
  • The Two-Spirit Identity; How to reclaim your LGBTQ+ identity as an Indigenous Person in the face of Colonization – April Matson 
  • Art Project – Steven Paul Judd 
  • Self-Defense – Dow Souksavath 

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: BREAK 

3:15 pm – 5:00 pm: Continuation of Breakout Sessions: 

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (Q.P.R.) – Annie Lloyd 
  • Finding Your Voice Through Creative Writing – Clementine Bordeaux 
  • Art Project – Steven Paul Judd 
  • Defend Our Children – John Witherspoon 
  • The Missing Youth and Runaway Scene through the eyes of RCPD – Eric Dwyer 
  • How To Be A Hero: Destigmatizing Mental Health – Tosa Two Heart 
  • How Do We Make Music With Intention? – Talon D. Bazile 
  • Building Healthier Family Dynamics – Mylo Smith 

5:00 pm: Closing activities for Day 1 

Day 2: June 23, 2022 

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Registration/Breakfast Rushmore Hall 1 

8:00 am: Opening prayer for Day 2 by Chris Eagle Hawk 

Welcome Back by Jr. Miss Oglala Lakota Nation Shawntay Iron Horse 

Encouraging Words from Trivia Afraid of Lighting-Craddock & Mylo Smith 

9:00 am – 11:30 am: Interactive Ice Breakers Rushmore Hall 1 

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch Rushmore Hall 1 

Guest Speaker Miss Cheyenne River Ahanni Knight 

Contemporary Native HERO Cosplay Contest: dress as your favorite Native American hero. Participants can dress as their favorite Native American person, a film/comic character, or a celebrity.  

Cosplay Contest Rules: 

  • Contemporary: portrayal of characters, real-life individuals or celebrities. Be as creative and respectful as possible. 
  • Only positive portrayals of Native Americans. No stereotypes or negative portrayals of anyone. 
  • Youth category: ages up to 17. 
  • Adult category: 18 and over.  

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Day 2 Breakout Sessions 

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (Q.P.R.) – Annie Lloyd 
  • Working with Youth – CWOY Staff 
  • Music is Medicine – ALLSZN Fam 
  • Art Project – Steven Paul Judd 
  • Pregnancy and Mental Health – Kahomy Souksavath-Weston & Amanda Youngers 
  • Becoming a Youth Ambassador for MMIW – Lily Mendoza – Featuring Laurn Schad  
  • Pte Oyate Concepts (Suicide Awareness) – Chris Eagle Hawk 
  • Singing Calls Your Spirit Back – Tianna Spotted Thunder 
  • Self–Defense – Dow Souksavath 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Continuation of Breakout Sessions 

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (Q.P.R.) – Annie Lloyd
  • How Do We Make Music With Intention? – Talon D. Bazile 
  • Building Healthier Family Dynamics – Mylo Smith 
  • Art Project With Steven Paul Judd 
  • Finding Your Voice Through Creative Writing – Clementine Bordeaux 
  • Singing Calls Your Spirit Back – Tianna Spotted Thunder 
  • Defend Our Children – John Witherspoon 
  • How To Be A Hero: Destigmatizing Mental Health – Tosa Two Heart 

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm: “Healing Through Dance” Community Wacipi Barnett Fieldhouse 

  • 7:00 pm: Grand Entry 
  • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Introduction of flags, royalty 
  • Intertribal Dancing and Singing 
  • Tiny Tots 
  • 10:30 pm: Retreat/End Wacipi 

Day 3: June 24, 2022 

9:00 am: Breakfast Rushmore Hall 1 

Opening Prayer by Chris Eagle Hawk 

Encouraging Words: 

Mylo Smith 

10:00am-11:00am: Self-defense demonstration – Dow Souksavath  

11:00am-12:00pm: Open Community discussion forum 

Door Prizes 

Closing Wopila by CWOY Navigators  

Closing Prayer and Azilya 

6:00 pm: Evening Concert Theatre 

Master of Ceremonies Mylo Smith 

ALLSZN Fam 

Liv the Artist 

Tiana Spotted Thunder 

Talon D. Bazile 

Welcome to the Behavioral Health Department Website

The Behavioral Health Department focuses on reducing behaviors that lead to adverse outcomes through education, outreach, and support. Our vision is to integrate behavioral health within the structure of health services, foster collaborative support between tribes for health and wellness that is holistic, and meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of tribal communities, families, and individuals.

The Department promotes the importance of involving tribal communities, youth leadership, spiritual leaders, cultural leaders, parents/guardians, and elders in all levels of research, planning, and service delivery to create and/or support culturally-based community prevention, intervention, and postvention programs.

As a team, we hope to provide quality services to tribes in the Great Plains region by helping identify and assess tribal health and wellness needs in regard to behavioral health. This in turn will help us enhance working relationships with tribal health, behavioral health, and substance abuse programs and provide training, technical assistance, and resources to increase tribal behavioral health and substance abuse prevention capacity.


Tribal Treatment Services Resource Guide

Tribal Treatment Services Resource Guide

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board Behavioral Health Department’s Tribal Treatment Services Resource Guide is an excellent source of information on South Dakota Substance Abuse Treatment Programs.

Read the Resource Guide

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