Smudge the Rez seeks hope in dark times

Rocky Boy Health Center and Tribe seek to provide hope and support as local suicide rate increases


Last updated 9/14/2023 at 11:17am

Havre Daily News/Patrick Johnston

Riders enter a village near Box Elder Wednesday with the elements of the smudge ceremony held in the village.

The Rocky Boy Health Center's Smudge the Rez Tour began Wednesday evening, a series of events and ceremonies meant to address the increase in suicide the area has seen in the past few years.

The event, which drew well over 100 people Wednesday evening saw people on horseback travel throughout villages in Box Elder, with elements of the smudging as ceremony drummers followed singing a traditional song.

Rocky Boy Health Center workers followed the group knocking on doors passing out educational material on suicide prevention and what resources the center and area has to offer people who nee...

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