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Author Hoover, Elizabeth, 1978- author.

Title The river is in US : fighting toxics in a Mohawk community / Elizabeth Hoover
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2017]
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Contents Driving tour through the political and environmental history of Akwesasne -- Environmental contamination, health studies, and mitigation politics -- "We're not going to be guinea pigs" : lessons from community-based participatory research -- Contamination, convenience, and a changing food culture -- Pcbs and thrifty genes : broadening the scope of illness explanation
Summary "Mohawk midwife Katsi Cook lives in Akwesasne, an indigenous community in upstate New York that is downwind and downstream from three Superfund sites. For years she witnessed elevated rates of miscarriages, birth defects, and cancer in her town, ultimately drawing connections between environmental contamination and these maladies. When she brought her findings to environmental health researchers, Cook sparked the United States' first large-scale community-based participatory research project. In The River Is in Us, author Elizabeth Hoover takes us deep into this remarkable community that has partnered with scientists and developed grassroots programs to fight the contamination of its lands and reclaim its health and culture. Through in-depth research into archives, newspapers, and public meetings, as well as numerous interviews with community members and scientists, Hoover shows the exact efforts taken by Akwesasne's massive research project and the grassroots efforts to preserve the Native culture and lands. She also documents how contaminants have altered tribal life, including changes to the Mohawk fishing culture and the rise of diabetes in Akwesasne. Featuring community members such as farmers, health-care providers, area leaders, and environmental specialists, while rigorously evaluating the efficacy of tribal efforts to preserve its culture and protect its health, The River Is in Us offers important lessons for improving environmental health research and health care, plus detailed insights into the struggles and methods of indigenous groups. This moving, uplifting book is an essential read for anyone interested in Native Americans, social justice, and the pollutants contaminating our food, water, and bodies."--EBSCO
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Environmental health -- Akwesasne Indian Reserve (Québec and Ont.)
Food contamination -- Akwesasne Indian Reserve (Québec and Ont.)
Mohawk Indians -- Environmental conditions
Mohawk Indians -- Government relations.
Mohawk Indians -- Health and hygiene
Polychlorinated biphenyls -- Environmental aspects -- Akwesasne Indian Reserve (Québec and Ont.)
Subsistence economy -- Akwesasne Indian Reserve (Québec and Ont.)
Environmental health.
Food contamination.
HISTORY -- Canada -- General.
Mohawk Indians -- Government relations.
Polychlorinated biphenyls -- Environmental aspects.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- Native American Studies.
Subsistence economy.
Akwesasne Indian Reserve (Québec and Ont.) -- Environmental conditions
Canada -- Akwesasne Indian Reserve.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017050266
ISBN 1452956235
Other Titles Fighting toxics in a Mohawk community