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The Spirit of Recovery Thrives at Freedom Walk 2016 7-30-16

Joseph V. Sowmick - July 30, 2016

Team Observer joined over 200 supporters who took a stand July 30 against drugs and alcohol on the Reservation at Freedom Walk 2016.  The annual event took place at the Eagles Nest Tribal Gym and participants received a Nbakade Restaurant breakfast buffet and a beautiful tee shirt designed by Freedom Walk Coordinator Alice Jo Ricketts.

“Observer Graphic Artist Matthew Wright was able to prepare my artwork for reproduction and we received Tribal Council and Migizi support to have these wonderful shirts made,” Ricketts said.  “This event is so special to our Behavioral Health and Prevention team and there was a lot of good feeling and prayers offered up on this special day.”

Ricketts shared her experience, strength and hope about her journey in recovery along with special guest speakers Linze Ritter, Jason Quigno and Eric Sowmick.  Tribal Elder Roger High and the Anishinabe Ogitchedaw veterans Mike Perez, Damian Fisher and Jonathan Cabrel presented Eagle Feathers to Tribal members Bonnie Sprague and Tommy Chamberlain.  Chamberlain also received a warrior tomahawk and High was honored with a ceremonial cedar Eagle Feather for his continued support of the Freedom Walk and recovery on the Reservation.

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