Culture Language and Arts Network

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; family fun nights; powwows; drum groups; language tables; and 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.


At this time there is no on-site activities and we are currently doing our Hoop Dance, Drum and Dance and Family Fun Nights Virtually. We want you all to know that we miss, can’t wait to gather again and to be safe!

Join us on our Facebook Page for up to date activities, we are also available by phone.

CLICK HERE for our Language Resource page for vocabulary lists and links.





To participate in or to learn more about the program, contact CLAN Staff:


Cheryl Secola, Program Director
(612) 879-1783


Miziway Desjarlait, Program Assistant
(612) 879-1709


Memegwesi, Language Instructor
(612) 879-1743


John Buehlmann, Prevention Specialist
(612) 879-1732


Summer Dumarce, Native Language Intern Coordinator
(612) 879-1700