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Mash-ka-wisen Treatment Center and Thunderbird-Wren Halfway House

Minookami Noongwa - Spring is Here

About Us

Our Mission

To provide chemical dependency services to American Indians who are affected by or afflicted with the disease of chemical dependency. "Recovery is possible, let us help you find your path”; enhance at your discretion.

Our Tradition of Excellence

In 1977, Mash-Ka-Wisen and Thunderbird-Wren became the first treatment facilities in the country owned and operated by Native Americans. Since then, we have continued to provide culturally relevant treatment to those suffering from chemical dependency.

Our Organization

Mash-Ka-Wisen Residential Treatment Center and Thunderbird-Wren Halfway House are part of the non-profit corporation Minnesota Indian Primary Residential Treatment Center, Inc. (MIPRTC), governed by a board of directors from Fond-du-lac, Grand Portage, Red Lake, Leech Lake, White Earth, Bois Forte Reservations and a representative from the Sioux communities.

MIPRTC offers comprehensive services for the treatment of chemical dependency. All facilities are fully licensed, and Mash-ka-wisen programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation (CARF).

Our Programs


45-90-day in-patient treatment with extensions provided if necessary.


45-90-day in-patient treatment, with additional days provided if necessary.


Halfway House

Provides transitional living facilities for men and women recovering from chemical dependency.

Cultural Programs

We offer clients the unique opportunity to heal their spirit while participating in cultural practices throughout their treatment. This is an integral part of our recovery services because it helps clients reconnect strength and honor in their cultural identity.

Our programs give clients the opportunity to recover a sense of oneness with their tradition and heritage.

Programs include:

  • Pipe and Drum Ceremonies
  • Talking Circles
  • Sweat Lodges
  • Powwows
  • Ojibwe Language Groups
  • Grief Ceremonies

We respect an individual’s religious and spiritual beliefs, and so participation in many events is optional.

"Be Strong, Accept Help"

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Mash-ka-wisen Treatment Center

(218) 879-6731

Thunderbird-Wren Halfway House

(218) 727-7699

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Minnesota Indian Primary Residential Treatment Center Inc.

1150 Mission Road

Sawyer, Minnesota 55780

(218) 879-6731 (Mash-ka-wisen)

(218) 727-7699 (Thunderbird)

[email protected]

9302 Idaho Street Duluth, MN 55780

Heaven Scent

Be Strong. Accept Help.