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Efforts Underway to Reduce Gang Activity in Indian Country

Indian Country Today, Posted: Jul 08, 2008


PORTLAND --For the last nine years, 40-year-old Frank Caywood has given workshops on stemming gang violence to over 350 tribes nationwide. He travels with former gang member Glenn Lamotte, 28. Native teenagers are joining gangs because they come from fragmented families, often suffer from abuse, depression and pressures to fit into modern society, Indian Country Today reports. The gangs provide a sense of belonging. Recently, native girls facing the pressures of appearance and owning material things have started to fight and form gangs. Caywood and others want to work with the youth to stem the gangs by strengthening native culture and spirituality, including the teaching of healing songs and giving them both physical challenges and mental inspiration.

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