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Cook, Katsi. “Cook: Women Are the First Environment.” Text. Indian Country Today Media Network.com, December 2003. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/ictarchives/2003/12/23/cook-women-are-the-first-environment-89746.

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Cook highlights how women and earth are interconnected. She shares her experiences as a midwife in 1983 at Akwesasne (St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, New York), and how a vast contamination of the local environment from industrial organochlorines and polychlorinated biphenyls impacted that community. She highlights that as a result Akwesasne has become a leader in environmental justice practice while engaging the participation and advocacy from community members, healthcare providers and leading scientists and institutions. Cook uses this example to argue that if these environmental issues and concerns, and other similar to this are not addressed then many will continue to struggle for remediation and restoration from polluters and pollutions sources that will continue to negatively affect environments and their food web chain. Because women are the first environment to open the doorway to life she hopes that their needs and the environment in which they live, will be nourished and sustained with natural resources so that mothers do not have to worry about giving toxic chemicals to their newborns, children and family. 

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