Indigenous Stewards




Overview of Indigenous Stewards

Indigenous Stewards is a product of the Native Environmental Health Stories Project. It was created in collaboration between the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center at the College of Pharmacy and the Center for Ecogenetics  at the University of Washington. The publication focuses on issues and topics related to the health and the environment among Indigenous communities.

The magazine includes features on community organizations and news stories on environmental topics, such as arsenic contamination in water. It also includes a section highlighting Indigenous leaders involved in environmental sciences. These leaders share their wisdom with Indigenous youth in the publication.

The inaugural edition of Indigenous Stewards features the work of native students who took their idea of what environmental health meant to them and then created a photo, essay, drawing, short story or poem. SWEHSC is again hosting a contest for Volume 2.

To view 2nd Volume Contest Submission Guidelines click here


The University of Arizona Agnese Nelms Haury Grant

For the Fall of 2016 we have been awarded funding by the University of Arizona Agnese Nelms Haury program. The grant will sponsor two more volumes of Indigenous Stewards and will provide funding for two more Tribal Forums. For information about thr 2015 Tribal Forum click hereFor information about our new grant click here.



Information about Volume 1 of Indigenous Stewards

Amanda Bahe, Editor in Chief, and Gilbert L. Rivera Jr., Publisher, hope the magazine will begin conversations regarding environmental factors that affect everyday lives. Both Bahe and Rivera are outreach specialists in SWEHSC and have actively participated in the creation of the magazine.

Approximately 75 people attended a November open house event to announce the magazine. "We wanted people to understand the purpose of releasing an environmental magazine and what our hopes are for it", Bahe says.

At the event, several authors featured in the magazine spoke about their work. Monica Yellowhair (Navajo), College of Pharmacy and post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, talked about her research related to uranium on the Navajo Nation. Amy Juan (Tohono O'odham), a community organizer and co-founder of an environmental network, spoke about how she bridges her cultural upbringing with environmental activism. Mike Lindsey, a Cherokee storyteller, discussed the power of storytelling to address issues and find solutions.

Hard copies of the magazine are circulated on a first-come first-serve basis. To request hard copies please contact Dr. Marti Lindsey by email,, or by phone, (520) 626-3692.