Society of Care is rooted in cultural understanding and respect. Our programming is structured to strengthen and reinforce cultural approaches and practices that further wellness. In doing so, we respect the unique legacy of each tribe, community, family, and individual. We strive to avoid making assumptions about cultural norms. There are 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States. Some cultural practices are shared across tribes, while others are not.
Society of Care reinforces culture through approaches and services that
Celebrate the uniqueness of each tribe, community, family, and individual
Appreciate those we work alongside as relatives
Engage those with we work as full partners
Promote aspirational thinking and direction
Celebrate individual strengths
“It is the story of all life that is holy and is good to tell, and of us two-leggeds sharing in it with the four-leggeds and the wings of the air and all green things; for these are children of one mother and their father is one Spirit.” – Black Elk
We are all related. Indigenous cultures believe all things in this world are connected therefore if something happens to one thing it will eventually affect all things. Elders tell us we are all related because within all creation is water and spirit. Some tribes believe the rock is our grandfather for he is the oldest living being on earth that has seen the most and watches over us like a grandfather would its grandchild. The earth is our mother as she provides food, water, and shelter. The sky is our father always providing water, light, and air needed to survive. These tribal teachings are universally known in Indian Country and taught to children at a young age.
Tribal and Native communities have endured a range of traumatic events that have given rise to the social, economic, cultural, and spiritual challenges seen today. Historical and intergenerational trauma is one of the most critical factors contributing to the creation of the barriers we see today when engaging families. Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart defines historical and intergenerational trauma as the “cumulative emotional and psychological wounding across generations, including one’s lifespan, which emanates from massive group trauma.” Much trauma can be traced to the disruption of indigenous lives and practices following contact with Europeans and harsh subsequent policies focused on assimilation, relocation, and termination.