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HEALTH TOPICS - ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Our Health

Environmental Health - Arctic Health
(National Library of Medicine and University of Alaska Anchorage)

Tribes and Climate Change
(Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals)

Our Stories

A Healing Journey: Aboriginal Children‘s Environmental Health
(National Aboriginal Health Organization)
A documentary focused on the 2003 Unity Ride and Run. This ceremonial journey on horseback and on foot attempted to provide a message of peace and unity in the protection and promotion of traditional practices and the protection of the environment. In addition to these topics, the Unity Ride and Run provides the backdrop for the provision of information on children‘s environmental health and the special circumstances and challenges faced by Aboriginal children. Scroll half way down page for videos.

Environmentalist Winona LaDuke Pushes for Change
(University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Environmental activist Winona LaDuke addressed the UN at 18, graduated from Harvard, won human rights awards and even ran for vice-president on Ralph Nader‘s Green Party ticket. While most of America still argues over problems of climate change, poverty and health care, LaDuke is grabbing her hoe and getting to work. And she has no time to be nice about it.

Natives Struggle to Stay One With the Land
(University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Water contamination and pollution are plaguing Natives‘ lands and are a source of significant health concerns. Native women struggle to address the issues at hand and delve into their traditional relationship with their environment - its shattered past, unfortunate present and hopeful future.

Research and Tools

Facing the Storm: Indian Tribes, Climate-Induced Weather Extremes, and the Future of Indian Country (PDF, 4.8 MB)
Report by the National Wildlife Federation about the impacts of extreme weather events on tribes. North American Indian Tribes are especially harmed by climate change, as more ecological shifts and more frequent, more extreme weather events occur, a new study concludes. Because Tribes are heavily dependent on natural resources, severe weather events like droughts, floods, wildfires, and snowstorms make tribal communities particularly vulnerable and impact American Indians and Alaska Natives more than they impact the general population.

Traditional Ecological Knowledge: For Application by Service Scientists (PDF, 1.9 MB)
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
This factsheet explains traditonal ecological knowledge and its use in partnerships and research.

For Researchers, Health Professionals, & Educators

American Indian Responses to Envrionmental Challenges
(National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian)
An interactive Web site that educates middle school and high school teachers and students on how tribes use their traditional culture, values and indigenous knowledge in combination with contemporary science and technologies to tackle environmental issues. The Web site includes videos, quizzes, lesson plans, and a tool for students to document an environmental issue in their own community.

Native Americans and Environmental Health
(National Library of Medicine)
Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed

Promoting Environmental Health in Native American Communities: Web Series
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
A webinar series designed to translate and disseminate recent findings of previous and current STAR-funded researchers addressing the environmental health and exposure concerns of North American Native subsistence populations. These results may be of particular interest to Agency risk assessors, tribal environmental managers, and tribal health care practitioners.

TOXMAP - reservations
(National Library of Medicine)
A tool to create maps of geographic locations within the U.S. that have TRI releases and designated as Superfunds. You can layer your map with censu data, diseases instances and mortalities.

Unikkaaqatigitt: Perspectives from Inuit in Canada (PDF, 3.6 MB)
(National Aboriginal Health Organization)
This 2005 report from a series of workshops held in the Arctic provides insight into the observations of Inuit elders regarding the impacts of climate change on traditional practices and on the lives of Inuit.

Organizations and Programs

American Indian Environmental Office
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)




Native American Liason
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Office of Tribal Affairs
(Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, DHHS)

Tribal Information
(Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Waste Management in Indian Country
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Health Information About Environmental Health for Everyone

Environmental Health and Toxicology
(National Library of Medicine)

Environmental Health in MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)

Tox Town
(National Library of Medicine)

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