The spring 2016 issue of Indigenous Stewards (volume 2) continued through the support of the Agnes Nelms Haury Program and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. In this second volume, the publication focused on environmental awareness by highlighting those who are researching the mechanisms behind human disease risks such as environmental exposures.

Featured are individuals’ journeys of experiencing environmental impacts in their home communities. Their stories’ entwine what motivated them to purse and accomplish their doctoral degrees and to give back to their communities; such as Dr. Karletta Chief, Dr. Monica Yellowhair, and Ph.D. Candidate Carrie Nuva Joseph, who have all been affected by the mining of coal and/or uranium. Their various research includes understanding how natural and human disturbances may affect soil hydrology, investigating climate change and its effects on indigenous communities, and the effects of uranium on DNA in relation to cancer in comparison to the role of the environment and diet tendencies.

Indigenous Stewards looks to continue to expand resources through partnerships outside of Arizona, for example with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. A wonderful model was developed to gain more insight as to the meanings and priorities of health from a Swinomish point of view known as “Indigenous Health Indicators”. Included in this issue are works of writings and photography of Indigenous youth, and the Center’s efforts to engage youth in environmental science by hosting Environmental Health Conferences.  Highlighted is the first Tribal Environmental Health Forum, which took place in April of 2015 to promote the sharing of stories of health and the environment.

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