Linda Black Elk, another returning guest. Linda is an ethnobotanist and science educator at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota. She actively works towards food and wellness sovereignty. Linda will be talking about the Mní Wičóni Clinic and Farm, a free clinic located on the Standing Rock Reservation. The Mní Wičóni Clinic and Farm is working toward decolonizing healthcare.
The Mni Wiconi Clinic and Farm is a paradigm-shifting collaboration between the Standing Rock Lakota Nation, tribal health workers, local traditional healers, local food sovereignty activists, and other leading health and wellness organizations to create a free, integrative, community health clinic and farm for the development and practice of decolonized medicine and overall wellness, where indigenous health perspectives prevail at the center of the healthcare experience.
BACKGROUND Since the colonization of the Great Plains, Indigenous people and the altered ecological landscape of their homelands, the rise of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and suicide can be understood as direct consequences of ongoing colonial trauma. Life expectancy among the Lakota/Dakota people is 57 years old, compared with surrounding white populations at 75 years old, and other health indices are similarly some of the bleakest in the Western Hemisphere. https://www.facebook.com/Mn%C3%AD-Wičóni-Clinic-and-Farm-2080852828907863/