The Mission House

Recovery With Respect
 "We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others."
        Will Rogers


2000
Inside this Issue:

Working Concurrently With The Navajo People


Navajo History

Cold and Cars

Recovery Stories

Hard Life on Rez

Art and Tours

Respect for "worlds"

Throughout the history of the United States, Americans and Native Americans have had contact. Some of this contact has been good, but a majority of the contact has not. This is particularly so in the instance of the Dine` (Navajo People). The Mission House is making a commitment to respect the Navajo way of life, religion and culture, while offering an alternative to substance abuse/dependence.

The Navajo Nation welcomes people to visit, but asks the visitors to show respect.

From reports of those living on the reservation familiar with The Mission House is respecting and incorporating the Navajo Way of Life in the recovery home.

Location! Location! Location!

The men's recovery home is located in Tohatchi, NM on the Navajo Reservation. Home for the residents seeking sobriety sits in the shadows of the beautiful Chuska mountains. Red rocked mesas and other mountain ranges add beauty as well. An active sweat lodge is located 150 feet from the front door and is used in ceremonies of purification.

The house can accommodate four men and recovery home "manager" Bob Ketelsen.

The house once was a friary for Franciscan monks who were missionaries in this part of the southwest. The Franciscans St. Mary's Mission headed up by Father John Mittlestadt, has donated the use of the 90 plus year old house as a recovery home. This is important as non-whites except for religious organizations can not hold property on the reservation. The home is not affiliated with any organization or religion.

Navajo Nation Facts:
New Mexico

27,000 sq. miles covering Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah (larger then the state of West Virginia).

Population:
225,000 plus.

The Navajo nation is regarded by the U.S. Government as the most economically
disadvantaged U.S.
Indian tribe.

Bob Ketelsen talks with Kelsey Begay President of the Navajo Nation

Our (Success) Story
The ESW recovery home is a place where men can go to learn how to live without alcohol. It's not an "official" halfway house. This allows for incorporation of Navajo customs. The home receives funding through private contributions. Residents do not pay for room or board, and there are very few rules except for being on time and helping out with tasks around the home. Run by help of volunteers the only philosophy of the house is that residents can make positive choices to take care of themselves no matter what crisis or situation occurs. Those who have obtained long-term sobriety have either found full-time jobs, won scholarships and are attending college. While others have returned home to their families.

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