Health is a human right; however, this doesn’t mean that years of colonization, genocide, and trauma of Native American communities are erased. Through improving health and accessibility to sustainable resources, the continuation of Native American communities is made possible. These steps can be taken at any age, as living your healthiest and fullest life is imperative invariably. My hope is that through curriculum development and implementation here at the Center, this can be an opportunity for all communities engaged.
Sarah Stern (Cherokee) joined the Center in June 2016. Growing up in the capital of the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, she witnessed the overwhelming need for public health programs within her community and became interested in sustainable health initiatives at a young age. Sarah graduated from Columbia University with an honors degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a concentration in Ethnicity and Race with an Indigenous focus in 2016. Her senior thesis focused on the ways in which colonization in the United States has impacted, and continues to impact, gender and sexuality of Native Americans and predominantly focused on Two-Spirit identity.
Alongside her work with the Center, she also serves as a board member of the non-profit organization, alterNATIVE Education, and is in charge of curriculum development related to Native American history and college preparation for Native American high school students.