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Ribbon Cut On Oregon’s First Tribally-Run Opioid Clinic

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The Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde on Monday officially opened a new treatment center in Salem for people struggling with opioid addiction.


Tribal drummers played as officials cut the ribbon in front of Great Circle Recovery, which is located near downtown Salem. It’s Oregon’s first tribally-run opioid clinic, but it’s open to anyone who needs its services.


Grande Ronde tribal chair Cheryle Kennedy said addiction is something that affects people from all walks of life. 

“It doesn’t matter if you’re poor, rich, educated, Native, or any other ethnicity group, it doesn’t matter. It preys on all those that come near it,” she said. 

While the clinic is open to anyone, Great Circle will offer some treatment options that are culturally-attuned to Native Americans. Those include the ceremonial burning of sage, called "smudging" in Native American culture, as well as art therapy that includes the making of dreamcatchers.


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018 and became News Director in March, 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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