"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty." - Mother Teresa

The Global Minded Project has identified a place where poverty, abuse, addiction and powerlessness run rampant and it's right here in our country. Native American tribes across the United States statistically show higher rates of substance abuse and addiction increasing prejudices in their surrounding communities. We have had the privilege of working with the Lummi Nation, a small tribe of Native Americans that live in the Northwest part of the United States in the state of Washington. They are a beautiful people, rich in heritage and abounding in a breathtaking landscape of mountains and sea. The injustices to this tribe have been great, some only date back to the 1940's and all are well remembered. 

 On the summit of Crystal Mountain overlooking Mt. Rainier. We are stronger together!

On the summit of Crystal Mountain overlooking Mt. Rainier. We are stronger together!

GMP has established partnerships in Bloomington and in communities near the tribe. Our work with a student team from the Department of Public Health at Indiana University developed a year long mentoring program to help abused, neglected native youth in poverty.  This program hopes to help the youth of the Lummi Nation overcome the cycles of abuse and addiction while maintaining their cultural identity. The Global Minded Project is honored at the opportunity to learn from the Lummi culture. We're grateful for the chance to offer a meaningful opportunity as we learn and grow from one another.

The "Into The Mountains" program consists of a retreat kick off trip with mentors, Lummi youth, and an expedition support team. This style of introduction through the outdoors and mentor commitment has been tested at IU's Bradford Woods facility with their program "Beyond The Woods". We have worked to develop a native specific program to help the oldest citizens of our country find their confidence and courage to conquer the mountains of injustice that have filtered to them for many generations.

 Hiking the Sunrise trail at Mt. Rainier National Park with youth from the Lummi Nation.

Hiking the Sunrise trail at Mt. Rainier National Park with youth from the Lummi Nation.

Stats:

  • The median age in the united states is 37. the median age for the Lummi Nation is 29.

  • 7% of Americans over the age of 18 have alcohol use disorders. The Lummi Nation is 7.6 times higher.

  • 93% of the Lummi People list drug abuse as a greater community problem. 5% listing Alcohol as #1.

  • The rate of violent victimization is 3 times higher than the american average among native american groups. Domestic violence and sexual Assault make up 98% of cases on the Lummi Nation.

  • Child neglect and abuse is serious, large spread and growing. 75%-90% of abuse cases are substance abuse related.

  • 38% of children ages 6-11 live below the poverty level. More than twice the national average.

Your contributions to The Global Minded Project help grow, widen and deepen the work that we hope to do, right here in the United States.

Standing as I do, with my hand upon this staff, and under the folds of the American flag, I ask you to stand by me so long as I stand by it.
— Abraham Lincoln