Culture Language and Arts Network

Activities are still virtual so please follow our FB page for up-to-date virtual activities and language classes


The goal of the Culture, Language and Arts Network (CLAN) is to reduce substance abuse among at-risk urban American Indian youth by offering experiences that both challenges the youth and helps them reconnect to their culture.

In particular, youth whose parents/guardians/family members have a history of substance abuse are at-risk for developing substance abuse problems. We encourage youth and their families to participate in building resilience within the family system.


As the program name suggests, CLAN utilizes American Indian culture as a prevention tool. American Indian youth ages 8 to 18 (who have not had a Rule 25 assessment) and their families participate in cultural activities, allowing them to learn and practice our cultural traditions. These activities include 

  • Local cultural events
  • Monthly Family Fun Nights
  • Pow-wows
  • Drum and Dance
  • Language Tables and Classes
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) education.

In these activities, an elder or knowledgeable adult offers their skills and shares their knowledge with youth and their families. Additionally, eligible families have opportunities to participate in field trips to culturally-relevant or sacred sites.



Click the link below to be routed to our Language Resource page, where you can see current/future language classes (registration is required), vocabulary lists, and more




Cheryl Secola Program Director
(612) 879-1783


Memegwesi  Language Instructor
(612) 879-1743


Manners WhiteEagle  Activities Coordinator


Miiskogihmiiwan Poupart-Chapman  Internship Coordinator


Rebecca Jackson  Program Assisstant


Lumhe Micco Sampson  Program Support