MARIANAS GROUP GETS $157,000 GRANT FOR TRADITIONAL HEALING

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By Moneth G. Deposa

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Oct. 11) – The Administration for Native Americans of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved the US$157,000 grant application submitted by Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands traditional healing advocates.

The official grant recipient is the nonprofit organization Inetnon Amot Natibu/Ammwelil Safeyal Faluwasch.

The association’s president, Isidoro Cabrera, said they are dedicated to promoting and preserving the culture and traditions of Chamorros and Carolinians.

He said their main objective is to recognize native healers and their traditional practices, and to advocate the protection and conservation of medicinal plants in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Cabrera is also an agriculture specialist at Northern Marianas College.

He said the grant requires no local matching funds and will be allotted for the following: travel, US$18,362; equipment, US$6,000; supplies, US$27,350; and "all others," US$105,615.

"This is the first time that a grant for this purpose has been provided to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands," Cabrera said. "This will be a great help to our local healers as well as farmers because this requires no matching funds."

The grant award is good for one year and is subject to evaluation before an extension is approved, Cabrera said.

He said they are now looking for a project manager, which is required by the federal grant.

For more information, call (670) H287-0571 or e-mail edr46@itecnmi.com .

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