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Environmental Health

Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Traditional Ecological Knowledge: For Application by Service Scientists

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This factsheet explains traditonal ecological knowledge and its use in partnerships and research. (PDF, 1.9 MB)

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 Education Tools

American Indian Responses to Environmental 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.

Facing the Storm: Indian Tribes, Climate-Induced Weather Extremes, and the Future of Indian Country

National Wildlife Federation

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. (PDF, 4.8 MB) 

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 Classic- 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.

General Health Information on Environmental Health

Environmental Health and Toxicology

National Library of Medicine

Environmental Health in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine

Tox Town

National Library of Medicine

U.S. Southwest in ToxTown

National Library of Medicine

Arctic Environment

Climate and Health - Arctic Health

National Library of Medicine and University of Alaska Anchorage

Climate Change

Climate and Health - Arctic Health

National Library of Medicine and University of Alaska Anchorage

Tribes and Climate Change

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

Organizations and Programs

Environmental Health Information Partnership - EnHIP

National Library of Medicine

Environmental Protection in Indian Country

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

FEMA Tribal Affairs

Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

Native American Liaison

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Solid and Hazardous Waste in Indian Country

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency