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The Yankton Sioux Tribe Canku Teca


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Since 1972 the Yankton Sioux Tribe Canku Teca has offered short-term residential, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), aftercare and transitional housing substance abuse treatment services to the Native American community of Lake Andes, South Dakota. Providing culturally sensitive treatments along with traditional methods with group and individual counseling, this facility is available for adult men and women over the age of 18.

Treatment and Staff

There are 20 beds at Canku Teca that are available to clients either before they go to a residential facility, or after completing a residential program are need some time before integrating back into their communities for 30 days on either end. The facility provides safe and supportive housing, a living room with a television, dining room and food. Some clients also stay at the facility while participating in the IOP, which provides about 60 hours of treatment over a five-week period, though this is a fairly rare occurrence.

Treatment is based on the Red Road approach, which is a holistic method that incorporates Native American traditions and values into the program, along with the 12-steps, and best practice therapeutic approaches. Treatment includes a variety of traditional ceremonies, including the use of a sweat lodge and teepee, in order to adhere to cultural practices.

The IOP uses evidence-based methods like CBT, DBT and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), in-group and individual therapy sessions along with Native American teachings. These classes involve focusing on one’s physical and emotional wellbeing in addition to rediscovering a connection to spirituality. Relapse prevention techniques, as well as reintegration into family and the clients tribal community is emphasized. Individual therapy sessions focus more on the client’s personal goals in recovery, and treatment methods are more individualized.

Ron Sully who has over 13 years in the substance abuse field, and oversees a team of counselors who have all been trained in the Red Road method operates this facility. There are also employees who are on site 24 hours a day at the facility who assist clients in any way they can.


There is a 26-week aftercare program that has become essential to the success of the programs offered at Canku Teca. This is offered to those who have successfully completed residential treatment. This program consists of group and individual therapy in conjunction with traditional methods. There are also services like UAs for clients who are on probation or are being monitored by the court system, classes for first time DUI offenders, and referrals for family members of clients.

In Summary

Members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe have a unique opportunity in treatment at Canku Teca by receiving a variety of therapeutic and traditional programs that aim to heal the body and soul. The Red Road approach, when combined with 12-steps or other support groups, has proven to be successful within this community.

Yankton Sioux Tribe Canku Teca Location

38341 SD Highway 50
Lake Andes, SD 57356

Yankton Sioux Tribe Canku Teca Cost

Assessment: $50, DUI class: $60. Treatment services are free for those who qualify through the Indian Health Service (IHS). Reach Yankton Sioux Tribe Canku Teca by phone at (605) 487-7841. Find Yankton Sioux Tribe Canku Teca on Facebook

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