[Newsletter] December 2023

We are a small non-profit with global impact. We are an Indigenous-led, U.S. based non-profit co-located in Tucson, Arizona and Tauranga, New Zealand.  Our community-centered mission to reflects our vision for healthy, vibrant Indigenous communities.  Scroll down for 2023 highlights across our three interdependent focus areas. Partnering with Communities to Overcome Social, Cultural and Systemic Barriers to […]

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[Blog] Healing Our Rivers: The Origin of A Meeting of Sacred Waters

(December 4, 2023) Indigenous identities and knowledge systems, in all their diversity, are intricately woven within and across our ancestral lands and waters. They are the means upon which our cultural, physical, and spiritual survival depends. In sharp contrast, Western mindsets tend to view nature, and especially water, as a commodity, maintaining a relationship that […]

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[Blog] Indigenous Authority and Self-Determination in Public Health Matters

(November 15, 2023) We believe the pathway to wellbeing is a journey of reclamation and resilience that includes reflecting on traditional lifeways to solve political issues. Western concepts of political sovereignty have been used to limit Indigenous rights to self-governance, and do not recognize the distinct relationship of Indigenous Peoples to their ancestral lands, waters […]

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[Newsletter] October 2023

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Message from the CEO Dear Relatives, I am delighted to connect with you today and share how we are amplifying Indigenous journeys of healing and reclamation through storytelling. At Red Star, we firmly believe in the power of Indigenous Peoples to lead systems change within their own communities. It’s inspiring to witness the positive […]

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[Event] A Meeting of Sacred Waters 2024!

(November 29, 2023) Now accepting proposals to present! A Meeting of Sacred Waters 2024 is a gathering place for sharing Indigenous worldviews, values and perspectives to reclaim the health of the world’s water sources. Through the experiences of Indigenous Peoples from the US and abroad, this global exchange explores solutions to restore balance for the wellbeing of humanity and the environment.

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[Blog] An Urgent Call for Indigenous-Led Environmental Protection: Healing Our Ancestral Waters

(October 3, 2023) In the face of a changing climate, the challenges posed by drought have become increasingly severe, affecting communities worldwide. However, it is the Indigenous communities that bear the brunt of these challenges, grappling with the consequences of environmental exploitation and witnessing the decline in air and water quality firsthand. Tributary waterflows play […]

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[Blog] Revitalizing Canoe Traditions for Our Future

(August 21, 2023) In Aotearoa (New Zealand), we seek to maintain strong paddling and sailing traditions. These traditions and practices are central to who we are as Māori.  It’s part of our whakapapa – our DNA. These practices strengthen our connection to each other and the natural world.  What makes preserving canoe traditions important? Canoe […]

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[Tool Kit] Tribal and Territorial Health Department Guide to Assessing Public Health Capacity: A Collaborative Approach

(July 2023) Community wellness is a deep cultural value and is central to Tribal and Territorial Health Departments’ (THD) mission.  Recent threats from a global pandemic and the climate crisis highlight the importance of THD leadership and capacity to respond to protect the community’s health.    The THD Guide to Assessing Public Health Capacity: A Collaborative […]

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[Blog] Building a Foundation for Public Health Excellence through Capacity Assessment

(July 18, 2023) Community wellness is a deep cultural value and is central to Tribal and Territorial Health Departments’ (THD) mission.  Recent threats from a global pandemic and the climate crisis highlight the importance of THD leadership and capacity to protect the community’s health.  The THD Guide to Assessing Public Health Capacity: A Collaborative Approach […]

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[Tool Kit] A Tribal and Territorial Health Department Public Health Capacity Assessment Workbook

(June 2023) A public health capacity self-assessment is an important first step in understanding a department’s public health systems, operations, processes, and policies. The process itself is a valuable learning experience, and assessment results can be used to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.  This workbook is intended to be used as a tool for […]

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