I got into a fight while under the influence of drugs and alcohol..
I saw a person from a different gang.  I just attacked her.



“I’m from North Dakota. Grew up in Portland.  Dad is Klamath Modoc went to North Dakota to a reservation to visit.  Mom lives in Oregon.  Sister, mom, and dad live together.  Mom stays at home.  Dad is a drug and alcohol counselor with Native Americans in Portland, with the Siltez tribe.  I’m here ten years.  I’m a measure 11 kid.  Measure 11, that’s mandatory 60 months.  I got into a fight while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  I was on probation.  I saw a person from a different gang.  I just attacked her.  I was still drinking.  I broke her arm, wrist, and eye bones.  She pressed charges.  I was told to plead guilty rather than face charges of assault with a gang enhancement.  I’ve been in here since I was 15.  I grew up in native ways, going to sun dance, sweats, and powwows.  Then out of nowhere I hung out with the wrong crowd, the wrong people.  I was on probation from MIP [minor in possession], then I was drinkin’, smoking weed, and I picked up the assault.  I was 14 when it started.  I was straight A’s in school but I was pretty bored.  So I started drinking and partying.  My mom and my grandma both have diabetes.  My mom was a user and both or them were alcoholics.  My aunt uses and drinks all the time.  From the start, I knew I could have done better.  When I was using or drinking, I wouldn’t care about the sacred ceremonies.  They have sweats here once a week, in the yard.  They have a powwow too.  Now I am back to my culture.”

-D.O., age 16, Oak Creek Oregon, Albany, Oregon

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