Forest Service approves use of facility as cultural healing center


March 30, 2023

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The Tongass National Forest has approved the Organized Village of Kake's request to use a U.S. Forest Service facility at Portage Bay as a cultural healing center according to an announcement from the department last week.

The OVK plans to establish a program centered on cultural healing that would provide counseling to people struggling with alcohol, substance abuse, and other issues and reconnect them with their cultural identity.

The program would be based out of the Forest Service's administrative facility at Portage Bay and aims to operate in the future from April to October on a recur...

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