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.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, (520) 626-3692.