Ko Au Te Awa, Ko Te Awa Ko Au.
I am the river, the river is me.
All humanity is inextricably connected to the land, water and all living things; however, the ways in which Indigenous peoples live that connection can positively impact us all.
What if ‘nature’ was granted ‘personhood’ – the right to equal protection under the law –
in the U.S. as with the Whanganui River in New Zealand?
Red Star will be facilitating an international Indigenous leader exchange on water guardianship between tribal leaders in Arizona, U.S. and Aotearoa New Zealand in 2020.
Through the leadership of Mātangireia Waka Trust and Rehua Innovations, Red Star works as a partner and support to facilitate tukuihotanga – the intergenerational transmission of the Māori language and protocol – through the expanded use of te reo Māori with kaupapa waka.
Current efforts focus on the revitalisation of mātangirua – sailing outrigger canoes.
Seven Directions, A Center for Indigenous Public Health is the first public health institute (PHI) in the United States to focus solely on Indigenous health and wellness.
Red Star led an exploration that began in 2011 to determine the value and desirability of an Indigenous focused public health institute. Guided by a national advisory board, Tribal leaders were engaged to determine the role an Indigenous PHI could have in improving health among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Red Star released several reports outlining the process and outcomes.
VISIT Seven Directions
Red Star’s exploration of an Indigenous public health institute was conducted with support from grants from the Robert Wood Johnson and W.K. Kellogg Foundations.