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Tonkawas Support Drug Center

The Oklahoman
July 30, 1991

A substance abuse center awaiting state certification received a boost Monday from leaders of the Tonkawa tribe.

The Tonkawa Tribal Council passed a resolution supporting Narconon Chilocco New Life Center because of improvements it made to the campus of the old Chilocco Indian school and for its efforts to help people live "a life free of chemical dependency. "

The Tonkawa tribe is one of five tribes that signed a 25-year lease enabling Narconon Chilocco to operate its program at the old Chilocco Indian school, about six miles north of Newkirk.

The Kaw tribe tried earlier to get the other tribes in the Chilocco Development Authority to break the Narconon lease, but the proposal never came before the group for a formal vote.

Narconon Chilocco has been accepting patients since February 1990, but because of delays its application for state certification has yet to be acted upon.

The state Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services orginally was scheduled to act on Narconon's certification at next month's meeting but Narconon Chilocco has asked that it be postponed.