Welcome to The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations located in Spokane Valley, Washington. The Healing Lodge is a 45-bed adolescent (ages 13-17) residential chemical dependency treatment center funded by Indian Health Services and the State of Washington. Services at The Healing Lodge are primarily focused for the Native American population, but services are open to all adolescents. Services are available to both males and females for an approximately 90 to 120 day treatment program designed around the individual youth's needs.
Some of the services available to enhance the chemical dependency treatment program includes family education, cultural programs, medical care, an alternative school, recreation program, advanced aftercare support, music/expressive arts program, and supportive mental health services.
The architecture of the buildings is very symbolic – a central circle which is surrounded by the three buildings and the beautiful timbered land and basalt rocks of the natural woods. The overall design of the treatment campus evolved from Mother Earth, the site itself. The campus covers 50 acres of treed and hilly terrain and additional facilities include recreation fields, traditional Native American sweat lodges (one for males, one for females), a medicine wheel and walking trails.
The photo on left shows the driveway up the hill to the treatment facility. You can see the flags on the left side of the picture which gives you an orientation to the photo above.
The circular theme continues in the interior design of the main building. Four “wings” move outwards from a central area called “Fast Track” where the staff responsible for 24 hour, seven days a week oversight of the residents work providing care and security. The program is “voluntary” for all residents so no lock-down facilities are present.
Two wings are primarily for staff including counselors and the clinic director, and group meeting rooms. Three wings include resident housing and group meeting facilities.
During ceremonies, the flag poles surrounding the circle are adorned with the United States, Canadian, and State of Washington flags as well as the flags of the seven tribal nations that govern The Healing Lodge: From Idaho: Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and the Nez Perce Tribe; from Washington: The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians; and from Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation.
The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations is one of twelve Indian Health Services Regional Youth Treatment Centers around the country. In 1988, the seven tribes banded together to form what was then known as the Inland Tribal Consortium (ITC). Their primary goal was to “construct a comprehensive primary inpatient treatment center to serve American Indians and Alaska Native youth who are identified as having a substance abuse problem.” Together they applied for congressional funds available for such programs and were successful in establishing a center. The Spokane area was chosen for the site of the facility because of its central location for the Seven Nations.
After many years in rented buildings, the current facility was opened in June 1996 to offer staff and students a permanent place to call home. We share this beautiful land as you can see from the pictures below.