LETTER: Healing and Wellness Coalition dissolving

by Jul 18, 2018OPINIONS


To the Cherokee people:

The Healing and Wellness Coalition was started in 2002.  It has been an unforgettable journey that we have traveled in the interest of healing and wellness among the Cherokee people as well as many of our friends and allies.

We have accomplished great things together.  We’ve brought speakers, we’ve honored people at Tribal Council, and we’ve raised and donated money.  In our final act of dissolution, we donated money to the Cherokee Seed Corn project, the Center for Native Health and to Analenisgi and the Rally for Recovery. We’ve donated Wellbriety books and workbooks, participated in walks for good causes throughout the years, held hands and shared tears through births, funerals and everything in between.

At a meeting on June 19, Coalition members voted to dissolve the Coalition and transition into different community groups to carry on the mission of the Coalition.  It is our prayer and hope that the ripples sent out by this Coalition into the community will turn into waves of healing that will be felt far into the future.

Thank you to everyone who supported our work, attended our conferences and events and helped in whatever way you could.   We could not have done it without you.


And going forward,


(We shall see each other again.)

Carol B. Long, Mary A. Herr, Jan Lambert, Lianna Costantino

Healing and Wellness Coalition Executive Committee