Native American Veterans Healing Lodge - Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center
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Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

 

Native American Veterans Healing Lodge

Native American Veterans Healing Lodge (Sweat Lodge) at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA.

The 1,176-square-foot, open-air structure was built on the northwest corner of the medical center’s campus with VA capital improvement funds. It incorporates two sweat lodges, one for women and one for men. The structure was built in recognition of Native American contributions to the U.S. armed forces with the understanding that warriors cannot be healed physically until they also are healed spiritually.

A sweat lodge serves as a location where Native Americans and other Veterans can search their souls and open up to the Great Creator. A fire pit full of rocks maintain the heat during the ceremonies, or sweats as they are called.  The entire structure is surrounded by a privacy fence. Typically, sweat lodge ceremonies are conducted in silence with drums and other music before or after the ceremony.

Read about the August 2009 dedication of the Sweat Lodge at Spokane VAMC.

Contact Info

Location

  • Bldg 37, 1st floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 509-434-7000
  • 800-325-7940

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm