Village of Kake wants to turn unused Forest Service facility into healing center

The Organized Village of Kake is looking into using a U.S. Forest Service facility at Portage Bay, on the north end of Kupreanof Island, as a cultural healing and rehabilitation center. The goal of the program would be to reconnect people with their cultural identity, improve their mental health, and counsel those recovering from alcohol and substance abuse and other issues.

The cultural healing center has been a dream of Joel Jackson, the village president, for years.

“What I had in mind was getting people to teach them who they are, because in the Native culture it’s important that you know...


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