By Jack McNeel
The Spokane Valley, Washington-based treatment center for drug and alcohol addicted youth—funded by the Indian Health Services and the State of Washington—houses 45 residents ages 13 to 17 years old, most of whom are American Indian.
He created a survey to find out what the kids enjoyed and needed to move on and become successful. “When they turned it in, it was music,” Deekon said.
Successful results led The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations to apply for the iAward (innovation award) given annually to drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs by The National Institute for Addictions Treatment and the State Associations of Addiction Services.
Below: "Deekon Jones explained how he and the kids create music to visitors at the iAward reception." (Jack McNeel)