Buck vs. Bell—Eugenics Fun, WTF America

Back in 1927, the Supreme Court ruled that the government had authority to sterilize anyone deemed unfit, including the intellectually disabled “for the protection and health of the state.” Seen as an endorsement of removing defective stock from the human gene pool, health professionals, legal authorities and groups across the country began wiping out the chances for “unseemly” people to procreate behind the shield of the greater good. 

Mi’kmaw Sisters Launch First Aboriginal Crisis Counseling Services in Nova Scotia

Sisters Mindy Gallant-Zwicker and Robyn Hazard from the Mi’kmaw First Nation are opening an Aboriginal crisis counseling service for those living on reserves in mainland Nova Scotia. Because of the significant treatment dropout rates and underutilization of mental health services experienced in Aboriginal communities, they have taken it upon themselves to Indigenize the system.

Interview with Eunice Tso, 2016 Native Woman Business Owner of the Year: “Be honest and ethical if you want to remain in the Native Business world”

Earlier this year, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development named Eunice Tso the 2016 Native Woman Business Owner of the Year. Today Tso, the founder of ETD, Incorporated, is considered one of the premier consulting forces within the Navajo Nation. Her initial vision to form a small, highly specialized environmental consulting business has evolved over the past 20 years to be an agent of both continuity and change for Navajo lands.

 

Connecting Diné Suicides and Wastewater Pollution

For the last century, many people have had a reckless relationship with their environment. The kind of relationship that involves ignoring the Earth, botanicals and bodies of water outside their front door until some catalyst creates a change – a large damaging storm, an earthquake, wildfires, a drought or a health mandate from their therapist or spiritual advisor. You know, something powerful, potentially dangerous and out of the ordinary.

Skinny Shaming

Body Shaming: Shaming someone for their body type.Fat Shaming: The act of shaming someone who is overweight. Skinny Shaming: The act of shaming someone who is naturally skinny.

The Urban Indigenous Woman: Indigenous Women’s Health Disparities Part 2

I had opportunities to see that parents of color deal with so many issues around access to services for their children but also for themselves. I witnessed from a slight distance the very clear racial disparities that were underlying issues not only of access to care but also quality of care, how pregnant women were treated by care providers and what options they were “allowed” to have around their pregnancy and birthing experience.