Wow here is a good program that helps Native American women (and men) transition from prison to society.

The Portland-based nonprofit helps incarcerated Native Americans such as Lawver, a member of the Klamath Tribes, reconnect with their heritage and provides support while they transition back into society — helping them regain custody of children and obtain housing, jobs and other necessities.

Corcoran said Red Lodge has successfully helped an average of 10 recently released women each year, about 60 women total, most of whom have young children, since its inception in 2003. The women helped are asked to perform community service.

According to Jordan, Native Americans make up almost 4 percent of Oregon’s prison population while representing less than 2 percent of the state’s population. Most of their crimes are linked to substance abuse. Curing them of that ill begins with spiritual awareness, Jordan said.

So the nonprofit provides programs for about 400 men and 50 to 70 women inmates yearly.

“It’s crucial, because if people don’t have an identity or if they don’t have the cultural glue to hold them together, then they are just kind of out there floating,” Jordan said. “For a lot of these women, it’s the first time they’ve experienced spiritual ceremony.”

You can read the full story  by ED MADRID, THE OREGONIAN.

And here is a link to the RED LODGE PRISON TRANSITION website.

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