Pokagon elder Jeannie Mollett journeyed to the Navajo nation in New Mexico, where 40 percent of households live without running water, relying on one woman to drive their water to them once a month. Seeing it with her own eyes, Jeannie returned home and raised $20,000 for the tribe.
This is the conclusion to Jacob Miller's story. After six years of heroin addiction, Jacob found himself in jail, and Marci was heartbroken to see her son locked away. This is not the end of Jacob's story, though. Forced to live without drugs for a month, Jacob sees he might be able to achieve happiness, after all.
Jacob Miller remembers the first time he ever tried an opiate—a small, white Vicodin pill offered to him at a high school party.
“I fell in love with that opiate feeling, that down, relaxed feeling. I don’t know, different drugs are for different people, and opiates was for me.”
For six years, Jacob was lost in addiction, while his mother, Marci, watched and hoped he would find his way out.
This is part one of their story.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Daun Bieda, Behavioral Health Program Supervisor
In the late 1800s through the early 1900s, Native American children were forced from their homes and taken to boarding schools across the US. Hear one elder try to understand what happened to her mother at the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School.
You'll also hear results from years of excavation and research by archaeologists from Central Michigan University, Dr. Sarah Surface-Evans and Coleen Green.
Terri Getz-Raich traveled to Standing Rock to support her brothers and sisters in the fight for their rights and their water, and the hope she experienced there was life-changing.
You may read about the tribe's stance on the DAPL on our website by searching "Standing Rock."