As the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota sought to establish a larger treatment facility that could provide culturally relevant addiction treatment, they found the right partner in the Native American Bank. The tribe had already built a smaller facility that cared for up to 157 addiction patients - but as many as 750 were in need. The new facility also will have a dance arena for traditional dancing, sweat lodges in the central campus, and outdoor classrooms for culturally relevant teaching. Once the clinic opens, the loan will be covered by the clinic’s revenue, much of it projected to be covered by Medicaid. Eventually, as the community’s opioid addiction rates lower the numbers needing service, the facility may be able to expand as a full-service health clinic to patients outside the community.

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