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Tribes to hold regional summit about Meth
14 May 2007

BISMARCK (UTN) - Representatives from tribes around the region are invited to attend the third annual Great Plains Regional Summit on Methamphetamine scheduled for May 30 to June 1 at the Spirit Lake Resort and Casino, St. Michael, ND.

      Meth use is a major challenge in Indian Country. Tribal governments typically lack the staff and resources necessary to cope with addiction rates significantly higher than in the mainstream.

      "At this point, part of the challenge is for tribes to acknowledge that they have the problem," said Karrie L. Azure, director of the United Tribes Justice Program, a task force on tribal Meth problems.

      The meetings will include presentations and discussions that focus specifically on strategies and solutions regarding Meth use in Indian Country.

      "The topics are those that tribes have asked about. It's especially important to learn what's been effective elsewhere," said Azure, who is also the summit coordinator.

      The event will feature a presentation by a former meth user who spent 23 years addicted to drugs before attempting suicide. David Parnell of Tennessee has since devoted his life to educating others about the dangers of meth. His captivating, and graphic, presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

      Registration for the summit is open to anyone interested in addressing Meth use in Indian Country.

      For more information contact Karrie L. Azure, 701-255-3285 x 1291, kazure@uttc.edu.


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