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June 18, 2010

Addicted on the Rez
Drug abuse and crimes are rising on Indian reservations near Washington's Canadian border. Dealers exploit the gaps in jurisdiction between tribal, state and federal authorities. But the tribes are fighting the tide of drug addiction claiming their youth. In the process, they're trying to undo trauma that traces back to first contact.

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Feb 8th, 2010

Video: Lummi Youth Academy plants trees for Smuggler’s Slough restoration

The Lummi Youth Academy joined a Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association work party to plant trees along Smuggler’s Slough as part of a Lummi Nation habitat project to restore fish passage between Bellingham Bay and Lummi Bay.

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September 08, 2008

Lummi Youth Academy to offer home, help
Residence hall goes up next to school for tribal students

LUMMI RESERVATION — Kelsey Jefferson is looking forward to being one of the first to live in the new Lummi Youth Academy, a 40-bed residence now being completed next to the Lummi Nation School.

Jefferson, 17, said she and many of her classmates expect to do better in school with the support services available at the academy.

“It will give us all a better lifestyle,” Jefferson said. “It will keep us on track.… Most of us have had struggles. This will keep our heads on.”

Darrell Hillaire, the former tribal chairman who has headed the effort to plan and build the academy, said it will offer a home to 20 boys and 20 girls. Many students will stay with family members on weekends and during the summer, but they also will be able to live at the academy 365 days a year if they choose.

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September 19, 2008

Lummi Tribe opens boarding school to support students, strengthen pride

The Lummi Youth Academy, which opened this week, will serve up to 40 kids who will come here to live by the school's motto: hard work; healing; love; trust; respect and fun.

LUMMI NATION — For Lummi elder Fran James, boarding school was a place where she lost her language just to stay alive.

"It was survival," said James, 84. After her parents died when she was a child, she went to a series of boarding schools, where she was forbidden to speak her native language.
But she shed tears of joy Thursday as a guest of honor, helping to open a new residential academy at the Lummi Reservation: a home built just for them, right next to their school, to help provide the support they need to succeed academically, and in life.

"This is a dream come true," James said, watching as students, tribal members and more than 100 well-wishers toured the new facility, and shared a blessing ceremony and salmon feast to commemorate the opening of the Lummi Youth Academy.

The academy will serve as many as 40 kids who will come here to live by the school's motto: hard work; healing; love; trust; respect and fun.

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