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Center for Spiritual Living Asheville Presents Cherokee Forgiveness Journey 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Center for Spiritual Living Asheville (CSLA) in conjunction with the Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition will host an evening about Cherokee Historical Grief and Trauma and the Cherokee 2012 Forgiveness Journey as presented by Patty Grant of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). This event will take place at CSLA located at 2 Science of Mind Way, Asheville, NC 28806 on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

CSLA is proud to host Ms. Grant of the EBCI at its West Asheville location for the first time. The EBCI are planning a 2012 Forgiveness Journey where they will join other Cherokee in Oklahoma from the Keetoowah Band and the Western Band of Cherokees. Both eastern and western bands will then join once again as a Cherokee Nation where they will travel the 1838 Trail of Tears backwards out of Oklahoma and returning to Cherokee, North Carolina.

Admission to this historical event is free. A Love Offering will be taken at the conclusion of the event to raise funds for this all important healing journey.

Ms. Grant is currently the program manager for Analensigi and outpatient mental health substance abuse program on the Qualla Boundary. Analensigi provides services to the members of the EBCI and their family members.

Patty Grant is an enrolled member of the EBCI. She is a licensed social worker and certified substance abuse counselor, having worked in the field of substance abuse/mental health for 18 years. Ms. Grant has worked primarily with Native Americans from many different tribes in Cherokee, NC and in Oklahoma. She has presented on Historical Grief and Trauma since 1995 addressing unresolved grief issues among native people. She is a founding member of the Healing and Wellness Coalition.

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