Sobriety celebrated in Tuba City

Miss Navajo Nation Jonathea D. Tso was one of the keynote speakers at the Third Annual LIFE Sobriety Powwow held in Tuba City on March 28-29. Tso spoke on the importance of sobriety and about the dangers of underage drinking and methamphetamine abuse. She also focused on parent responsibility and emphasized the essential and vital importance of traditional and cultural teachings to our children and youth. Standing to her left is Steve Darden of Flagstaff, who was the emcee for the powwow (Photo by Gary Davis).

Miss Navajo Nation Jonathea D. Tso was one of the keynote speakers at the Third Annual LIFE Sobriety Powwow held in Tuba City on March 28-29. Tso spoke on the importance of sobriety and about the dangers of underage drinking and methamphetamine abuse. She also focused on parent responsibility and emphasized the essential and vital importance of traditional and cultural teachings to our children and youth. Standing to her left is Steve Darden of Flagstaff, who was the emcee for the powwow (Photo by Gary Davis).

TUBA CITY - The Third Annual LIFE Sobriety Contest Powwow was held March 28-29 at the Tuba City Jr. High School. This marked the first year for a contest powwow, which was sponsored by the Department of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS). The theme was "Honoring the People." The annual community event drew approximately 2,500 people for both days.

The mission of the Sobriety Powwow is to preserve and provide a healthy, sober and safe surrounding for the community to celebrate, and to give acknowledgment, appreciation and honor to all individuals who are leading their lives with sobriety and on the journey to recovery from substance abuse

The Sobriety Powwow provided the opportunity for the community to come together to dance, sing, fellowship, visit in the circle to preserve a rich heritage and renew the old ways.

The annual event is part of DBHS's initiatives to address substance abuse issues such as underage drinking and methamphetamine abuse. In addition, the Sobriety Powwow promotes wellness and living a healthy lifestyle, since it is a prevention activity where the community is shown that you can celebrate, laugh, be entertained, relax and have fun without alcohol and other drugs.

This year, 160 various colored ribbons were distributed to honor individuals who are seriously abstaining from alcohol and other drugs. Green ribbons were given to those individuals maintaining sobriety for 30 days or less; yellow - one year or less; orange - one to five years.; light blue - five to 10 years.; dark blue - 10 to 15 years.; red - 15 to 20 years.; purple 20-plus years and white ribbons given to those individuals who have never used.

The DBHS Powwow Committee and organizers wish to thank the many agencies, businesses, service providers and guests, (e.g. Western Navajo Meth Task Force, Wahweap Lodge and Marina, Flagstaff Wal-Mart, Tuba Cith Regional Health Care Center (TCRHCC), Tuba City Diné Bashas', ToNahees Dizi Chapter, Miss Navajo Nation Jonathea Tso and Navajo Nation Council Delegate Hope MacDonald-Lonetree.) for their tremendous contribution and support.

The Tuba City DBHS is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (928) 283-3346.

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