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Khunsi Onikan

Grandmother's Arms

Women's Outpatient Treatment Services


The purpose of Khunsi Onikan is to provide outpatient treatment services for American Indian women with substance use problem. We believe that culture is a central theme of American Indian people in recovery. We will use traditional medicine, stories, and cultural teachings in the recovery plans for our women.


 Khunsi Onikan Services:

  • Intensive outpatient groups and substance abuse counseling
  • Mental health assessments and services
  • Harm reduction services
  • Culturally based ceremonies
  • Case management
  • Culturally specific programming
  • Transportation, lunch and childcare provided


The Creation Story

The name came to me in this way: In Ojibwe Ziibaaska’iganagooday means Jingle Dress, Niimi’idiwin means Dancing, and Nookomis Onikan means Grandmother’s Arms. In Lakota, Kunsi  means Grandmother. So, the name is Ziibaaska’iganagooday Niimi’idiwin Kȟuŋši Onikan.

The spiritual message of this dream is that we must wrap these people and their children in those healing jingle dresses. Staff will metaphorically teach them to dance, meaning that they will find their way to health again by dancing to the music of the drum within their own hearts. The Grandmothers will wrap these women and children in their arms.

Donald Richard Wright, LADC, American Indian Elder, Author of The Way of Our People